As early as 11 years old, I had been building my own computers and diving into the evolving internet as a hobby. I studied Psychology and Mathematics at the University of Kansas and initially started work as a Technical Support Specialist and had moved on to Software Testing but couldn’t stomach the notion of cubical life at such a young age. I have worked as an Arborist until I had broken my leg in a skateboarding injury in March of 2017. During recovery I picked up Mountain Biking as a low impact form of rehabilitation and have traveled across the US from KC to Oregon exploring trails along the way and back.
I received my bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology and spent two years working as a Zoo Keeper. My most recent position was at the Reptile House at the St. Louis Zoo. I enjoyed working with my team to create enrichment for the animals, and used critical and logical thinking to solve problems. My greatest accomplishment during my time there was working with my coworkers to create a new enclosure for a group of our animals. It was the first time I was able to create something that I could share with the public, and took great care in helping to make it perfect.
In addition to my love of animals, I am also an avid gamer. I have been playing since the mid 90’s, where I started to make basic games in my spare time. I just started to delve into Unity, a product used to create both 2D and 3D games. Although I enjoyed my job as a Zoo Keeper, I realized I couldn’t see myself doing it as a career for the rest of my life. While I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, I kept going back to technology. My dad received his degree in Computer Science, and we always had technology in our house. We got our first home computer when home computers were just starting to become commonplace, and since then I’ve always had an interest in figuring out how programs run. That interest pushed me into coding and development.
My love of technology pushed me to an early start as a technician at my hometown PC shop and soon moved up to administrator at the local theatre. I served in the Navy where I learned electronics and worked on F/A-18 Super Hornet avionics. I ran my own business creating STEM curriculum for children and teaching electronics/robotics at schools and makerspaces.
I come from a diverse professional background, which has been great for exploring different industries. I also have a diverse educational background, from nursing to accounting. I’ve always had a knack for all things tech related, that goes back to spending hours on MySpace manipulating HTML to make my profile awesome or playing video games! Outside of tech, I am a Mom to an 8-year-old miniature version of myself as well as 2 active Boxers.
I began my career in banking as a Financial Analyst and progressed in my career to become the Head of Compliance. Both roles helped me develop analytical and critical thinking skills, and taught me the importance of effective communication.
My proudest accomplishment was being involved in a start-up business. It was the most stressful venture I’d ever undertaken, but it taught me the importance of customer service, time management, and effective leadership.
Throughout my career, I have always been the guy my co-workers would call on to troubleshoot their computer problems. I enjoyed this more than any other work I have ever done, and I found myself in a position where I could turn this passion into a career. With the hands-on experience I have gained at Centriq, I believe I could add value to any team.
I am a KC native that grew up in Blue Springs. The past 6 years I have worked in fast food. My last position was as Store Manager where I really discovered my love for training and helping others reach their potential. In March I decided it was time for me to pursue my original ambitions of working in the IT field and enrolled in Centriq Training.Read More
I spent several years troubleshooting and researching PC problems and network issues among my home computers. Online forums were instrumental in my troubleshooting. I devoted twelve years to the United States Army, as both an Infantryman and an Allied Trades Specialist. After separating from the service, I decided to pursue my passion for technology with formal education at Centriq Training, where I earned my CompTIA A+ certification. I have been amazed at the vast opportunities within the IT career field.
The military has been my life since I graduated high school. I spent 15 years in the United States Army as a Military Working Dog Handler and Trainer. I raise two wonderful children with my beautiful wife Kortni. I have had the opportunity to travel all over the United States and abroad, during my service. We decided in October 2017 that the Kansas City area would be our home once I medically separated from the military.Read More
I thought when I grew up I was going to be in the accounting/law field, but during school at Missouri Western State College the programming bug caught ahold of me. I received a BS in Computer Science and Mathematics and went to work as a programmer in the airline/travel industry. I love coming up with solutions for customers. Read More
After over nine years working with the government in the criminal justice field, including working as a Probation Officer and a Private Investigator, I decided to make a career change into something that I’m really passionate about. I’ve found that I really enjoy working with technology, from building computers to troubleshooting. After a few years of casually doing just that on my own time, I was excited to find a program that could help me turn my hobby into a full-time job.