Barker's Web Design Service (BWDS) was started in January, 2004 by John Barker, Jr., a web design/desktop publishing business he created by himself in the Pueblo, CO area.
Barker, who holds two college degrees (B.A. in Business Administration - Western State College of Colorado, Gunnison, CO, and M.S. in Sports Management, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL) learned web design, HTML and CSS on his own from working 11 years in college athletic media relations (sports information).
Born in Denver, CO and a native of Pueblo, CO for most of his life, Barker has worked in several athletic departments throughout the country (University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS, University of Southern Colorado - now CSU-Pueblo, and Wichita State University, Wichita, KS.
Barker, who is single, has numerous interest from playing pool (billiards) to bowling, basketball and horseshoes. He also enjoy spending time with his parents, siblings and their families, while playing on the Wii or a friendly game of Pictionary, Scrabble, Scattegories, or Rummikub. In August 2014, Barker underwent a cochlear implant on his right ear and has regained some of the hearing he has lost since birth. A huge country western fan, barkerl has gone on to see some of the top names in country music, including Teri Clark (four times), Alabama and Brooks and Dunn (twice), Garth Brooks, Toby Keith, Montgomery and Gentry along with Gretchen Wilson, Blake Owens, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, George Strait and Lonestar.