Work + Projects
When I'm not busy crushing bugs, I architect and build the API (Java 8 + Spring) for our SaaS offering, Commerce — a configurable media licensing product.
In my spare time, I'm a competitive powerlifter.
No, I'm not big and burly. But you'd be surprised at how many "normal" people show up to a powerlifting meet.
Powerlifting is hard work. There's no way to cheat. Your success in the sport is determined by how many hours you spend moving iron at the gym.
I've learned a lot on the short walk from the chalk bucket to the platform. Those lessons have formed the foundation of my work ethic.
My value system is based on 10 basic principles.
- Always show up.
- Smile, even on the bad days.
- Work consistently toward one goal.
- Appreciate slow progression.
- Learn from others.
- Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard.
- Setbacks are part of the journey.
- Ask for help when it's needed.
- Never, ever give up.
- Deeply value collaboration.
EDUCATION + NON-TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE
I grew up in DC, but when it came time to choose a school, I decided to get a little sunshine and go to the University of Central Florida.
I argued my way through 4 years of political science classes and loved every minute of it. I'm kind of famous for my pun-filled (not-very-funny) cheesy political jokes.
I worked in public relations before I decided to take the leap and launch a startup. I pushed the boundaries of my own capabilities (and earned my "hard-knocks" MBA) before the business was pushed out of the market by a competitor who executed better.
That's when Editing Emily hit the scene. For 3 years I wrote content for tech startups, professional organizers and other entrepreneurs.
It was my clients who inspired me to learn to program.
chasing my 'someday' goal
I had wanted to learn web development for a long time. But it was always my "someday" goal. The kind of goal you think about often but don't prioritize.
Until one day I did.
In my work at Editing Emily, I saw my clients struggle to use tools and products that weren't giving them everything they needed.
I found myself wanting to contribute, but woefully limited. I could hack together solutions with the tools available, but I lacked the technical skills to build them something better.
And that's the moment I decided to chase my "someday" goal.
At Turing, I'm learned the skills I need to contribute to the tech community in a meaningful way. To iterate on existing technology, to innovate with the best minds in the industry and to create products that provide the market what they want.