I’m 39 years old and hail from the midwest where I grew up in a town so small, stop lights seems foreign to me. I got into technology at a very early age, taking apart toys and electronics to see how they worked. Dragging home any discarded computer I could find on trash day to my mothers dismay. I worked odd jobs for my local ISP as a kid and when I turned 16 was hired on at State Farm to help handle the Y2K software updates.
I attended Southern Illinois University where I majored in Fine Art with a minor in Art History. My senior thesis was on Interactive Computing within a Physical Environment, this was pre-Arduino.
After college I did agency work for some design houses, web development and application work for some larger companies before finally finding my niche in the world of defense contracting. Where I still work to this day.
Currently I live in the St. Louis market with my wife and three kids.
About my work and what I do…
Over the past 17 years I have defined my own career path through hard work and determination. Never wanting to be locked into a singular role, I’ve have routinely taken on responsibilities far out of my comfort zone. Through this, I have honed an ever widening range of skills. I am still a designer at heart, but I’m also an engineer – fabricator – roboticist – crafter – product manager – team leader, and the list goes on.
A jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one…
What I value and what I am looking for…
Hard work, grit, determination and pushing the envelope. That is what I value. I have no interest in sitting idly by, clocking in for the paycheck. I want to explore – I want to be with like minded people who don’t ask why, but why not. I want a tight knit team of individuals who truly believe in what they are doing. I want innovation for innovations sake. I want to lead those who feel the same and follow those who have pathed the way.
Life is short. Leave a mark.