Who I am

Update 2012: I wrote this over seven years ago. A lot has changed since then. Obviously I don't do websites anymore, just maintain the ones that are still on my server. In the time since then I've gotten a new job, relocated twice, have 90% of my MBA complete and am currently living in the UK. I specialise in international procurement with an emphasis on the IT supply chain. I went over to London for my employer in early 2011 to oversee the contruction of a 40,000 square foot office and develop our global supply chain strategies. We have offices in Europe and Asia, where rapid growth has created the need for local procurement representation.

I suppose the reason I'm updating this is because I randomly decided to check my site statistics, it turns out that I'm getting an average 100 unique visitors per month, mostly as a result of posting my college economics papers. I took a look at the "about" page and realised how incredibly out of date it was, and also what a pretentious ass I was at age 22. Therefore, in the spirit of internet reputations, I figured I'd at least drop in to let any random visitors, lost friends, or potential emplyers know that I've become a well adjusted adult since then, and the bio below is well out of date.

I suppose I'll be updating the design of the site at some point. I don't want to dump it entirely, but I don't want it to become a time capsule for potential employers to look at and say "who is this clown?"

This was the original bio I wrote (in 2005):

I am a recent graduate of Michigan State University, Eli Broad College of Business. I studied Supply Chain Management as an undergrad. I currently work in purchasing at a major US auto manufacturer in Detroit. In addition to having a job that uses my college degree, I am a freelance web designer on the side. I manage a slew of sites, many of which are showcased on this website. I work mainly with bands and musicians; this is where I got my start in web design. When Brandon Creasman, formerly of Detroit-based Electric Magi, approached me to do his site I hit the ground running. From there I branched out doing a site for his audio engineer, a female vocalist, a Flint-based band, another Detroit-based band, Brandon's charity site called the Lorien Society, and various projects for friends as well as myself.

I have been extremely motivated; focusing my attention in many areas of interest. I love writing, collecting music, guitar, and photography, among many things. I have had a growing interest in the internet and web site design ever since I could remember getting AOL when I was in 7th grade. When my older brother started college he built his own website using Geocities, and I was pretty amazed. I began building my own sites through high school using free hosts. When I got to Michigan State, they provided a larger amount of web space for me to use and I started experimenting a bit.

My skills developed nicely when I took a job teaching an intro computer class. I taught Microsoft Word and Excel to undergraduates, until the program changed a bit and they added more web design into the curriculum. I eventually began teaching more complex lessons with Macromedia Dreamweaver, which allowed me to learn the quirks of the software and find ways to solve problems easier. It was a great environment to learn: learn by teaching, and when the people I was teaching didn't get something, or got a software error, it made it easier for me to conceptualize a realistic solution. It was a great contributor to my problem solving abilities.

What I strive for is to utilize and expand my creative energy to its full potential. I have a lot of energy built up inside me just waiting for an outlet. I am confident that I can do great things if I just focus on the goal and follow the right steps to accomplishment. I really want to be able to manage websites for a living, but at the same time this corporate gig is pretty cool. I enjoy my job and consider it a benefit to be able to gain this type of experience and apply it to all aspects of my life.

There should be something in this space.

But there isn't. Does this void bother you?

I like this block here on the side, it's very web 2.0.