Eric Nagel

Eric Nagel

CTO, PHP Programmer, Affiliate Marketer & IT Consultant


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Eric Nagel

Eric Nagel

CTO, Affiliate Marketer & IT Consultant

Eric Nagel is a technology executive with strong business acumen as well as experience in programming and online marketing going back to 1999. He is passionate about strategizing with others to develop applications that allow businesses, teams and individuals to achieve their goals through automated tools and access to actionable data.


Recent Blog Posts

Remove the Mark of the Web: Visual Studio 2019 Build Error

I’m getting ready to start another semester of teaching Windows Form Application programming at Buffalo State College and over the summer our installation of Visual Studio has been upgraded to 2019 (I taught using 2015 last semester). While there’s not a lot of changes, one thing that threw me off is this “remove the mark of the web” build error:

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Turn Off IIS Client Certificates Dialog

IIS Client Certificates Dialog

This is a bit of a techie post, but hopefully it’ll help someone. Recently a system I was working on started prompting me to “select a certificate” when viewing the site over https in Chrome (in IE, the prompt was “confirm certificate“). Despite a lot of searching for things such as “letsencrypt iis certificate error” and “iis secure certificate do not require client match” I was getting nowhere.

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Starting an Accountability Group

Accountability Group

I have been, or can be if you click on a link and make a purchase, compensated via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value for writing this post. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

At the end of 2018, as I was putting together my goals and plans for 2019, I wanted to put together an accountability group both to help myself and help others. Many people talk about joining mastermind and accountability groups but most sit around waiting to be invited. Here’s how to start your own:

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Planning Your Goals

I have been, or can be if you click on a link and make a purchase, compensated via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value for writing this post. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

As we enter yet another new year, now is a great time to set some big goals. I recently formed a new Accountability Group and we met on this very topic.

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imwave, Inc.


2019 - present

Management of existing PPC bid-management system and redesign of new system. Determine milestones, deadlines and development calendar. Create specs for any outsourcing that takes place & manage all outsourced team members.


  • Automated (previously manual) daily routines
  • Stabilized systems
  • Optimized PPC bid algorithms
Buffalo State College

Adjunct Professor

2019 - present

Computer Information Systems

  • CIS375: Programming For The Internet Environment I (HTML, CSS, Javascript)
  • CIS400: Visual Basic Programming For The Windows Environment
Eric Nagel & Associates


2009 - 2014, 2017 - 2019

PHP Application development, web application support and build-out of websites powered by affiliate marketing. Employ Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and other services such as web analytics, lead generation/landing page design, blogging, and podcasting to attract customers and generate sales.


  • Achieved page 1 Google rankings for several competitive keywords and increased organic search traffic.
  • Named “Top Performing Affiliate” by multiple merchant programs.
  • Automated PPC bidding process for over 600 Google AdGroups.
Rust Built, Inc.

Managing Partner

2017 - present

Negotiated and managed the acquisition of multiple business units including Type-A Parent and Honoway Interactive. Built online tools for the Type-A members-only group, the Tribe, which included custom PHP applications and WordPress plugins.

Affiliate Summit


2015 - present

Contribute thoughts, opinions, and insights into the planning of Affiliate Summit events, as well as voting on speaker proposals and Pinnacle Awards.



2014 - Nov 2017

Oversees technology development and maintenance while managing Engineering personnel, budget and resources and actively contributing as an Engineer. Contributes to strategic planning and execution.


  • Cut hosting costs by 75% while increasing reliability and availability
  • Brought new products to market
  • Streamlined processes to reduce data entry time and increase productivity
  • Incorporated Amazon Mechanical Turk into data entry process


2005 - 2009

Comprehensive role that encompassed project management as well as development of affiliate websites and supporting systems. Led projects through entire project development lifecycle from inception to completion.


  • Provided technical/managerial oversight to development team of local and overseas contractors.
  • Migrated portfolio of websites from shared hosting environment to dedicated hosting environment.
  • Programmed shopping search engine with parallel queries of multiple data sources.
Choice One OnLine

Manager Of Operations

1999 - 2005

Promoted to direct all aspects of Web development projects. Developed RFP responses, technical requirements of proposals, and estimated number of development hours. Prepared individual, department and project schedules; coordinated with project managers, graphics designers, web developers, and programmers to deliver final product.


  • Revamped production processes, including the introduction of new scheduling and QA procedures.
  • Developed and presented training seminars on eBusiness and website design to help local businesses improve their existing Web presence.
  • Helped facilitate rapid growth by providing technical sales support to sales team and technical consulting to large clients.
University of Phoenix

MBA, EBusiness

2001 - 2004

Relevant courses include: Managerial Communication, Operations Management, Information Management In Business, E-Business Operations and E-Strategy Formulation And Implementation

3.74 GPA

SUNY at Buffalo

Bachelor’s, Computer Science

1997 - 2001

3.38 GPA

  • Zend PHP Certified Engineer
  • Certified E-Commerce Consultant
  • Master CIW Designer
  • Disney’s Approach to Leadership Excellence
  • Disney’s Approach to Quality Service
  • Disney’s Approach to Business Excellence
Strategic Thinking
Execution Planning
Remote Workforces
Amazon Web Services
Online Marketing
Affiliate Marketing





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