Wade Chandler

Director of Development & Lead Developer

“We’re so close, it’s awkward.”

"Corny’s good. I don’t care. I’m down with corny.”

Wade is a technical leader with over 20 years’ experience using various technologies to engineer and develop software across many sectors and domains. His valuable experience comes from a diverse range of industries and products, from government, health, and defense to education, child assessment, and agriculture. At Lirio, he channels his advanced skills toward helping us use technology to deliver the best next action in each vertical we serve.

Work & Education:

Director of Development & Lead Developer, Lirio, 2018–Present

Lead Senior Software Engineer, Scripps Networks Interactive, 2014–2018

Senior Software Consultant, wadechandler.com, 2008–2017

Associate Director, Virtusa, 2014

Software Consultant/Engineer/Automation Lead, Scripps Networks, 2009–2011

Lead Software Engineer, Decision Dynamics, Inc., 2006–2010

Lead Software Engineer, Red-e Set Grow, LLC, 2003–2006

Lead Software Engineer & Consultant, Metro Information Services, 2000–2003

Personal Bio:

Wade is a Knoxville area native from Jefferson County with a penchant for hot peppers and catching crawdads. He has three daughters, age 10, 11, and 14, and has thus become an expert at ponytails (but NOT braids). Wade is a true technology enthusiast who has contributed to the NetBeans IDE and Rich Client Platform (RCP) for over 15 years. He has also contributed to Apache Tomcat, JasperReport Tools, SwingX, and other OSS projects.

Fun Facts:

Mac or PC: “I am Linux or Mac—some kind of Unix-based system.”

Favorite artist(s): “Classical stuff like Vivaldi. Soundgarden, Nirvana, Bob Dylan…”

Favorite thing as a child: “I was pretty eclectic. Skateboarding, video games, He-Man, blowing up GI Joe figures with a pellet gun. I had a lot of Transformers and He-Men.”

Hobbies/interests: “I like hot stuff like peppers. I also like to go to the mountains and different things. Stream exploring is fun … catching crawdads.”

About coding: “It’s kind of like a hobby and a career; self-taught as a kid.”

“I have three girls… I’m horrible at braiding. I do ponytails—that’s my expertise.”