Thanks for stopping by my website. Below I've written what I hope gives you an idea of who I am, what I've done, and where I'm going.
Fall 23' Update: Looking for a new engineering manager role. Laid off recently. Email me at email@example.com.
For over 20 years I've worked as a software engineer dedicated to high quality delivery and solving complex problems. The last 5+ years I've held multiple engineering management and leadership roles.
Build experiences, not software
My core mission is building diverse, high performance teams delivering the best software & experiences. We are customer/experience first thinkers that apply the engineering lens. Our decisions are impactful, needle forward actions pushing us towards success in the now and future.
My skill set shines the most working within the Product/Design/Engineering triangle with close-to-customer (B2C or B2B) products.
Software Engineer: 20+ years | Engineering Manager: 5+ years
Industries: Real Estate, Logistics, Legal, Automotive, CRM/Marketing, Finance, Advertising, E-Commerce
Project Types: Finance, Accounting, Billing, BI, Data Visualization, Workflow Engines, ReactJS Migrations, Developer Productivity/Tooling, Defect Analysis, Data Ingestion, Realtime & Event Systems, Data Analytics, SDLC & Agile, Documentation
Additional Experience: Product Management, UX/UI Design, QA/Automation
More Education: LinkedIn Courses - Critical Thinking, Taking Charge of Leadership Conversations, How Leaders Can Motivate Others by Creating Meaning, Communicating with EQ
More information available on LinkedIn.
Coaching & Volunteering
Coaching/mentoring is a true passion of mine. Spots are available and I'm particularly interested in supporting underserved groups. Previously I've worked with engineers ranging from junior to senior, staff, and even other technical leaders. Product owners and designers are more than welcome also! Let's build your career in technology together.
Mentoring Platforms: Plato, MentorCruise, Private Coaching
React Loop Conference
ReactLoop is Chicago's only ReactJS conference that a few friends and I organized in 2019. We're looking for new collaborators and partners to bring it back in 2024.
The Longer Story
My background is cliche in some respects but my background started in hacking games, creating game art, and digital art.
In gaming I spent days on days hacking into Age of Empires decompiling DLLs, writing simple if/thens, and creating character art. One day my dad caught me using MS Paint dabbing pixel-by-pixel creating Achilles black Myrmidon armor based on the 2001 Troy movie with Brad Pitt.
He asked what I was doing and in turn introduced me to Photoshop which is my longest running skill set. What a lifesaver for my time and catalyst for what would become my future.
Getting older I started to move into digital art using Photoshop, Illustrator, and Cinema4D. My career as an artist didn't go nearly as far as my friends who became top tier artists but it was a great experience. If you've known me long enough you'll remember me from the IF Skin Zone and my forum Elite Graphics.
Those skills took me into freelance where I created websites, designed marketing/print, and went deep into Wordpress/LAMP stack. Arrogantly I even took my portfolio at 16 to apply for a design job at State Farm. They shot me down but it didn't matter.
It didn't stop me from continuing forward growing as both an engineer and designer.
What's important is the foundation was built and supported my future career every step of the way. I've been permanently influenced with an exceptionally passionate drive towards the best design and user experiences.
It took many years for my tagline "build experiences, not software" to come to life but it's been my core mission for longer than I can remember.There's much more to this story that I'll update in the near future.