I was born in Tucson, where I currently reside, and I own a ranch in the San Luis Valley of Colorado.
My interests include coding, reading, traveling, politics, philanthropy, journalism, philosophy, Internet of Things, HAM Radio, communing with nature, astronomy, teaching others, brewing beer, history, and technology.
I joined the army in 2004 becoming a Tank Crewman. I was sent to bootcamp in Ft. Knox, Kentucky and was subsequently stationed in Ft. Hood, Texas. In 2005, I deployed to Iraq. I returned in 2007, and after completing my service I was honorably discharged in 2008. I followed up my active duty service by joining the National Guard from 2008-2010
The Army is where I honed skills such as effective communication, self-discipline, and leadership.
While at Eller, some classmates and I decided to apply the knowledge we were gaining from class to real life. Thus WTL was born.
As co-founder and Operations Manager; I co-authored the business plan, oversaw the web development team, created and implemented HR policies and marketing strategies, directed events, and managed inventory.
I've always had a fascination with computers and technology. When I was 12, I created the website for my little league football team, but the Army left me with little time to pursue this interest.
With the philosophy to always keep learning, I recently decided to continue my education in computer science and enrolled in courses through Udemy, Treehouse, Code School, Coursera, and edX.
After reading case after case of personal data being sought after and misused by governments, corporations, and hackers; I decided to research the best practices for keeping my data safe and secure.
I created Tucson Privacy Services protect people's mobile phone, tablet, and/or desktop from these hardships.
I founded Tucson Code School to provide free education to kids who are curious about coding. There is an incredible void in public schools for one of the most important skills anyone can have.
Coding will be as essential as reading in the next few decades. I want to teach the importance of coding early so the next generation can take control of their future.
I have a working knowledge Linux, Mac, and Windows Operating Systems and their accompanying software suites.
Web Design - CSS, HTML, Bootstrap, and Search Engine Optimization.
Graphic Design - Using photo editors like Adobe Photoshop and GIMP to edit and create images.
Social Media Marketing - Maximizing exposure by using social networks like facebook and twitter to effectively reach people.
Information Technology - Using software to store and retrieve data through databases like SQL, MySQL, NoSQL, and PostgreSQL. Creating and maintaining webservers.
My management philosophy is to create a highly organized environment, where productivity reaches its full potential, through effective use of:
Strategic Planning and Implementation - Creating a plan, setting achievable goals, and executing.
Maximizing Efficiencies - Observing and streamlining processes.
Project Management - Long term planning, list orientation, and prioritization.
Communication - Delivering clear and concise communication that is skimable and has flow.
I am research oriented, well organized, and analytical. My ability to problem solve and think critically make me effective with:
Creating Metrics - Defining the question and the ideal data set, determining what data can be accessed, and establishing measurements that quantify results.
Statistics - Obtaining data, cleaning the data, exploratory data analysis, and statistical prediction/modeling.
Generating Reports - Interpreting, challenging, and synthesizing results in order to distribute them to other people