As a Builder at Airship, my world encompasses multiple passions of mine. I not only am encouraged to take risks and extend my intellectual problem-solving ability through code. I am also tasked with taking ideas and turning them into realities for our clients. Taking an idea/sketch/wireframe and seeing it come alive paired with solving a real problem for someone is fulfillment at it’s greatest to me. I have a history of delivering exceptional customer experiences and I love doing that now through my code.
Before joining Airship the largest part of my professional history is in Hospitality. After receiving my BBA from Belmont University I delved into that career. Everything from high volume nightlife bars to receiving a Best New Restaurant nomination from the James Beard Foundation as part of a management team to receiving my Master of Hospitality Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to passing my Level 1 Certification with the Court of Master Sommeliers. As much as I enjoyed my work I realized that there were things that the career would not be able to fulfill.
I decided to make the career change to engineering after speaking with friends and family. Two ultimate drivers being my ability to spend more time with my growing family and having lifetime learning expected and encouraged as part of my career. After self-teaching off and on for a couple years I completed Flatiron School’s Full Stack Web Developer Program and got busy with my first development job less than a month after graduation. I’ve never looked back.
My life is currently consumed by children when not at Airship. Having 4 children under 6 years old (5, 4, 1.5, and 1 month) is no small task. My superwoman wife Dabney rocks it out though. I somehow fit even more on my plate and my wife is okay with it. I work part-time in the evenings as an Assistant Section Lead for Flatiron School’s Full Stack Web Developer Program, I love the local developer community here in Nashville and Co-Organize the freeCodeCamp Nashville user group, I volunteer for local tech conferences when I can, I volunteer on the board of the Tennessee Chapter of Gift of Adoption Fund, and I volunteer on the Advisory Board of my homeowners association. When not doing all of the above my wife and I enjoy resting and taking a night in to watch a good movie even if our tastes greatly differ (The Fast and The Furious is a new American classic if you didn’t know).