My story isn’t the typical programmer story. I wasn’t hacking on computers building my own games when I was 6. I wasn’t even building my own games when I was 11 or 13. Looking back now, I always loved computers and was intruiged by them, but we didn’t have one when I was growing up.
It wasn’t until I had already grown up and worked for several years before I started messing with computers and trying to figure out how things worked.
I worked as an Ironworker for 13 years before I had some pretty lengthy layoffs. I decided I wanted to know how websites worked, bought some books, and started to play with creating my own websites. Of course, they were completely awful as I taught myself.
Eventually, I started to get into programming. I found it much more difficult than I imagined.
Considering I had a family to support, I had a decision to make. Either 1) stop playing with websites becuase I had hit my limit, or 2) Go back to school and really learn the down and dirty details about how websites work.
I opted for two, enrolled in school, and discovered I was pretty good with programming. It came pretty easy to me.
While I was there, I helped many of my fellow classmates learn the finer details of programming, and eventually was asked to return and teach. I ended up graduating and teaching for three years before I decided it was time to move on.
These days, I spend my time thinking about the next evolution of education and how my skills fit into that. I really do love the thrill of teaching someone something.
I have been married to the same beautiful woman for 18 years as of Decemeber 2013.
I have three kids that keep me very busy.
Libby is working her way through college with aspirations of owning her own business.
Kaleigh is a gifted Culinary student that in constantly filling the kitchen with new and intersting foods.
Zach keeps my busy with almost constant basketball practice and games.
Zach got me back into guitar a few years back and I spend a lot my free time playing one of the guitars we have, when I’m not programming.
I’m current working with the awesome people at Whitelabel Collaborative
I love meeting new people. Especially those nerdy types that think they can change the world with software. Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, I’d love to meet you.