I was born in Boise, Idaho, and I grew up with an early love for learning. At my third birthday, I could read my own birthday cards, and by the third grade, I was reading at a college reading level. Although this impressed the adults in my life, it also made me a misfit in elementary and middle school. Still, I stayed true to my love for learning and at 11 years old, my dad taught me enough Visual Basic to build a simple calculator. This opened the door for me to develop a lifelong passion for computers. With my ever-growing interest in science, I spend much of my time in middle school building model rockets. It was also during this time that I got my amateur radio license, which I later used to help local elementary schools contact the International Space Station.
As math and science became more prominent in my life, I found it hard to identify with most of my peers. While other students would get in trouble for talking or passing notes, I would get in trouble for rushing through my work and reading technical books. In fact, while in high school, I finished my math homework for the entire semester within a few weeks of starting the class. Having already completed the work, I spent the remainder of the semester sitting in the back of the classroom running a web development business with a friend. This business was intended to help fund development of video games, but it turned out that the web was a fascinating platform and I ended up never going back to making video games. The experience that I gained from my first company eventually allowed me to work with the US State Departmen, American Federation of Teachers, ACLU, Intel, Tesla, NBCUniversal, NASA, NOAA, and other organizations.
I now live in Meridian, Idaho and serve as the VP of Engineering for Digital Deployment. It's my responsibility to lead all software engineering efforts in the organization, as well as set technical direction and strategy for the company's success today and in the future.
Outside of work, I enjoy tinkering with electronics, woodworking, programming, reading, and playing piano, guitar, drums, and bass. More than anything, I love to spend my free time with my wife and our two dogs.