When I started attending Western Michigan University, I wanted to be an animator. Unfortunately, it wasn't a degree the college offered, so I got a degree in graphic design, instead.
I've been into programming since before I started high school. I always had a computer. I'm a self-taught programmer. It’s super creative. It’s not a far cry from design. It’s all problem solving. The more experience I got with programming, the more I got into it, I found out I'm not too bad at it. So, after school, I did some print work, but then gradually got into programming professionally.
I was programming when I first met Mark back in 2000 when we worked together at a different company. When that company closed, Mark started BizStream - and I was on a crazy path of contract gigs that kept leading me back to Mark and BizStream. So I finally joined the team for good in 2008.
What I love about being part of BizStream is that we’re a big family. We want to see people succeed, and we're given an environment where we can do that. You don’t find that very often.
Here at BizStream, I do developer support, version control, and auto-build systems. One of my goals around here is to make the lives of the developers easier. I'm working on making the spin up of a website as easy as a click of a button. I’m also an R & D guy. I like to research new technologies to see if they will work here.
If you want to know something about me that's, shall we say, quirky, it's this: I really like Batman. That's all I'm going to say about it. I think that’s sufficiently vague and mysterious, which goes along with the Batman theme.
I've traveled quite a bit. I've been to Mexico, Fiji, and Greece. I love Greece. Such an eclectic place, and the food was fantastic. Been to Ireland, and that was awesome. I need to get to Europe at some point. I love traveling. Jerusalem is the dream trip.
When I'm not working, I'm usually spending time with my wife and two sons. My kids are 18 years apart, so completely different ends of the spectrum, but it's still fun. I’m also a gamer. I love to play my guitar and sing. My wife and I lead a praise and worship team at church. I live by this piece of scripture: "Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love." (1 Corinthians 16:13-14 )