About Me

I am a long time resident of Eastern Oregon where I work full time and enjoy many hobbies. I have been designing and developing websites since I was 13. I have developed many personal websites as well as contractual websites. I dominate Google search results with websites under my management, landing in the top five search results. My portfolio showcases most of my recent work. I have been responsible for developing several key, proprietary web applications in the last few years for multiple businesses and organizations. Being an entrepreneur is my biggest achievement. In 2009, I started a weather business, which was merged in 2014 with La Grande Ride, Inc. I serve as the Chief Operations Officer of the business. I serve in many volunteer capacities around the area. In my free time, I enjoy outdoor recreation: fishing, camping, hiking, shooting guns, and snowmobiling. I hold a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration.

Contact Details

Tesmond D. Hurd
La Grande, Oregon 97850
Work Cell: (541) 406-0876
me@tesmondhurd.com

Vocational

Fire, Weather & Avalanche Center

Executive Director/Co-Founder February 2017-Present

  • Applied for and was granted IRS 503(c)(3) tax exemption status.
  • Utilized social media and search engine optimization (SEO) to grow website viewers to approximately two million in year one of operations, in addition to an average 5-10% click-through-rate (CTR) on Google.
  • Additional duties include accounting, strategic and financial planning, website development, chairing board of director's meetings, and human resource management.

La Grande Ride, Inc.

Chief Operations Officer December 2011-Present

  • Increased organic website traffic by 66% through SEO in last two years, and regularly post to social media outlets
  • Developed and maintained proprietary technologies integral to business operations
  • Created hiring procedures, and oversaw employee recruitment and termination

La Grande Police Department

Communications Technician May 2014-Present

  • Developed and led the implementation of online employee schedules
  • Increased efficiency for monthly law enforcement reports
  • Modernized department website using Drupal 7 CMS

La Grande Rural Fire District

Firefighter June 2012-August 2014

  • Responded to emergency and non-emergency calls for service (structure and wildland fires, medical calls) while working as a part of a team
  • Attend regular and continuous training for fire and EMS topics
  • Assisted with fire prevention and safety education for elementary students

Teeter Farms, LLC.

Farm Hand June 2010-August 2012

  • Performed regular duties associated with being a farm hand, including operating heavy farm machinery, basic maintenance, driving tractor/trailers, etc.
  • During second year, was responsible for training new employees on how to operate equipment.

La Grande Weather Service, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer May 2009-August 2014

  • Developed an online web presence, employee intranet, and several technological tools.
  • Filled and maintained company records such as Oregon Business Registry and federal Employer Identification Number.
  • Spent inestimable hours building a marketing base and working with local organizations to provide weather information to the public.

Education

Bachelors of Science Business Administration

Eastern Oregon University June 2017

Awards: Sapphire, Gilbert, Union County Economic Development, and Nebeker Scholarship; Davis-Kirby & University Scholar Award
Dean's List: Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2017, Spring 2017

Volunteer

La Grande Police Department

Police Officer January 2016-Present

  • Conducted successful criminal investigations, enforced local ordinances & state laws, and assisted citizens with non-criminal complaints
  • Performed surveillance activities in an undercover capacity
  • Responded to emergency and non-emergency calls for service (domestic violence, traffic accidents, disturbances)

La Grande Police Association

Board Member January 2017-Present

  • Participated in employee-employer contract negotiations
  • Researched state and federal labor laws
  • Represented union member in internal investigation (IA)

Wallowa Avalanche Center

Adviser February 2014-April 2017

  • Consulted Board of Directors and staff on technological needs and solutions related to non-profit operations

Skills

Website Development and Management:
  • HTML5, CSS3, Javascript, JQuery (8 years); PHP, MySQL, XML, JSON (7 years); Drupal 6 & 7, Wordpress (5 years)
Miscellaneous
  • Microsoft Office Suite: Word, Excel, Powerpoint (10 years)
  • Google Apps: Drive, Mail, Analytics, Developer Console APIs, Contacts, Android (5 years)

Certifications

Emergency Medical Dispatcher, Oregon Department of Public Safety, Standards & Training (2014)
Telecommunicator, Oregon Department of Public Safety, Standards & Training (2014)
AIARE Level 1 Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain, American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (2014)
Amateur Radio Operator, Federal Communications Commission (2012)
Various meteorology courses, MetEd Program, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (2009-Present)

Website Portfolio

I currently do not maintain all these websites. Please contact me if you're interested in web development services.

Publications

Hurd, T. D. (2016). Storms bring powder galore. The Baker County Press. Retrieved from www.thebakercountypress.com.
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Hurd, T. D. (2015). Deteriorating police-public relationships amongst recent use of force incidents. Retrieved from TesmondHurd.com.
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Hurd, T. D. (2014). Locals escape avalanche scare. La Grande Observer. Retrieved from www.lagrandeobserver.com.
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Marro, A. J., & Hurd, T. D. (2014). Intense fire season could be ahead for northeast Oregon. The Baker County Press. Retrieved from www.thebakercountypress.com.
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Sather, B. A (Director) & Hurd, T. D. (Producer). (2014). Go Home: Backcountry skiing in NE Oregon [Motion picture]. United States: La Grande Ride, Inc. Retrieved from www.vimeo.com/91195716.
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Sather, B. A. & Hurd, T. D. (2016). Online systems for integrating the safety, strategy, and stoke of backcountry adventure. Poster presented at the International Snow Science Workshop Conference, Breckenridge, CO.
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Reed, Jr., W. E., & Hurd, T. D. (2015). No word to define this year's fire season. The Baker County Press. Retrieved from www.thebakercountypress.com.
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Publications I'm Mentioned In

Kaechele, C. (2018). Dispatchers recognized; Appreciation week draws attention to invaluable workers. La Grande Observer. Retrieved from www.lagrandeobserver.com.
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Benham, J. (2016). Lack of dispatchers creates dire situation. La Grande Observer. Retrieved from www.lagrandeobserver.com.
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Black, K. (2014). Weather service forecasts for the backcountry. La Grande Observer. Retrieved from www.lagrandeobserver.com.
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Mason, D. (2011). Student installs weather station at Anthony. La Grande Observer. Retrieved from www.lagrandeobserver.com.
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Stebbings, K. R. (2014). New advisor joins WAC. Retrieved from www.wallowaavalanchecenter.org.
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