I live in San Francisco with my wife, son and our Irish Terrier, Red. I grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado and moved from Denver to San Francisco in 2004. I spend most of my free time with my family visiting museums, trails, playgrounds and parks in and around SF. I also enjoy brewing small batch beers, collecting various objects of interest (like spoken word vinyl, graphic novels, paper ephemera), attending local theater, sailing and fishing with friends and the occasional home improvement project. I am fortunate to have an amazing family and live in my favorite city.
I began professionally working as a designer in the late 90's creating websites and marketing campaigns at a large Omnicom agency for national brands (Virgin Atlantic, Budget Rent-A-Car, Pfaltzgraff) and lots of long-gone start-ups. After the .bomb crash I worked for small local product and marketing firms doing the same type of digital work as the rise of Rich Internet Applications (RIA) came into existence. This was the first decade of my career, and I often refer to this period as the time when "I earned my chops".
Having acquired my chops, I was inspired to move to SF in 2004 for the same reasons many decide to move here today: the pursuit of excellence and opportunity in the technology and design field. I believe that if we lived during the Renaissance, San Francisco would be Rome. Over the next 5 years, I worked on high profile projects for eBay (Desktop app), Yahoo! (Messenger), Microsoft (Music, Silverlight, Surface), Adobe (Live Color, Kuler, Encoder, Flash, AIR), Salesforce, SAP / SuccessFactors, AOL (Mail), T-Mobile and many others. During this time, I also taught Graduate Studies at the Academy of Art San Francisco School of Digital Media, wrote a technical design manual (published internationally by Apress), was featured in Communication Arts, spoke at industry conferences and helped produce a large conference and other community events.
This flood of professional opportunities led me to my next big career inspiration in 2008: founding a digital agency. Over the following 8+ years I built a digital services organization based in the Mission District of San Francisco called AVANT. At one time I employed 30 in-house project resources (Designers, Engineers, Project Managers) with scale to over one hundred through partnerships with contractors and off-shore firms. My team created award-winning products for national brands (The Village Voice, Safeway, Boeing, GE, AT&T, Comcast, Intuit, Nationwide, Cisco, Humana, Aetna, and many more...) as well as several state and federal agencies. After a great run as a boutique digital agency principal I was seeking a new challenge, with less overhead. I was made an offer to join a client’s business as Head of Design: my mission was to create a new team and a new product from scratch for a funded health start-up. I had done this successfully with another similar client. So, I decided to take the in-house role while I reduced the operations of my agency.