I write code. I try to make the world a better place through technology.
I started programming when I had a career in financial services. I had a job where I kept watching people manually perform repetitive tasks. I taught myself a few basic programming tricks so I could automate the work I saw others doing.
I fell in love with programming and never looked back.
In 2012, Chicago's tech boom allowed me to transition from back office automator to full-fledged Ruby dev.
Since then I've dealt with both early stage and mature startups.
I spent the early part of my career in Chicago. In 2015, my wife and I decided to move our family to Spokane, WA.
We love it in Spokane.
The relaxed pace of life here has allowed us a lot of freedom, both personally and professionally.
And more importantly, since we're no longer fighting long commutes, we're able to spend more time with our kids.
Getting that first job as a programmer can be hard, even in a favorable market.
In 2016, I connected my dev shop, with Dev Bootcamp in order to start a program to help grads get the real-world experience the need to land their first fulltime job.
A lot of software development skills take time to master and the frenetic pace of a coding bootcamp isn't always conducive to putting out high-quality work.
I bring developers on board to work on small freelance projects. They're exposed to software best practices like design patterns, test-driven development, code reviews, etc.
I'm continually amazed by what these grads are capable of and how much they are able to soak up.