Clay McKinney, Owner of BANG! Web Development
I was raised in East Tennessee, in Lenoir City. I graduated from LCHS in 1990, and spent my college years
in Cookeville. In college, I was involved with Campus Crusade for Christ, and I went to Costa Rica as a
student missionary from May 1994-July 1995. In 1996, I earned a B.S. in English/Journalism from Tennessee
Technological University. I moved to the Nashville area in March 1997.
From 1997-1999, I worked as a computer instructor for New Horizons Computer Learning Center. I began by
teaching beginning MS Office classes, but by the time I left, I had taught every office suite at every level
on every platform, and had re-invented their desktop publishing and Photoshop classes. To this day, if you
take the scanning class at New Horizons Nashville, you’ll be looking at a picture of me milking a cow.
In 1999 I became interested in web design. For my assignment for a church history class, I made my first
real web site. It’s been redone a couple of times since then, but it’s still up at
www.churchtimeline.com. It was also during this time that I
In January 2000, I began working for The Renaissance Center
(www.rcenter.org) in Dickson, as their full-time web designer. I quickly
picked up “classic” ASP 3.0 (it wasn’t “classic” back then!) and began to consider myself a programmer. I
wrote a message board program, and redesigned the center’s web site as a manageable database-driven web
application. Over my years there, I became more and more involved with programming and database development,
on top of my design work.
On January 3, 2004 I married a sweet, charming, beautiful Dickson girl named Robyn. I met her at The
Renaissance Center, where she had spent a year acting with the Renaissance Repertory Company.
In May 2006, I founded Clay McKinney Web Development. Clay McKinney Web Development became BANG! Web
Development in April 2009. The Renaissance Center remains my largest client, and I very much enjoy working
out there a day or two every week. The rest of the time, I’m doing what I love doing – helping businesses
market themselves on the web.