I am an introvert. That means I need time to myself to recharge, although I can do public speaking on topics I am familiar with. I am your basic blue jeans and T-shirts kind of guy and collect shirts from different Hard Rock Cafe's around the world. I enjoy doing lots of different things, from skiing and hiking to investing and computers. I have been using computers since 1981 and like to use them to create things and share my ideas over the Internet. I like the simple things in life and like to find humor in everyday situations.
I grew up in Houston, Texas and like to visit from time to time. I attended Texas A&M University where I majored in Computer Science and moved to Dallas where I started my first job at Texas Instruments.
I met Kate in 2001 and we got married in 2003. In 2006, we moved to Colorado Springs and started a family. We love the weather in Colorado. With low humidity, it doesn't really get too hot or too cold most of the year.
We enjoy traveling and winter sports. We had a fantastic vacation to Europe in 2018 and went to see friends in Madrid, Spain, and also visited Barcelona, Italy, London and Paris. Here's a video with highlights of our trip:
The most extreme thing that I have done is skydiving. There's nothing quite like jumping out of a perfectly good airplane to give you a new perspective on life. Seeing the curvature of the Earth from 12,000 feet is an awesome sight. My first jump was an Accelerated Free Fall (AFF). It is fairly intense for a first jump and I now recommend that new people go tandem on their first jump.
I like hiking, skiing, bicycling and Frisbee™. I starting playing Frisbee with my brother as a kid and now play Frisbee with my own kids. I also like doing things indoors like bowling, billiards and watching movies. Here's a video of me skiing at Breckenridge:
Photography is another hobby of mine. I have so many pictures and I need to take some time to make them available online.
Nuclear War™ is one of my favorite card games that I like to play with my friends. I started playing Nuke War while I lived in the dorms in college. It was originally designed by Doug Malewicki during the Cold War in 1965. The object of the game is to try to be the last country standing with at least 1 million people. It has been updated a few times and is a pretty fun to play. It is available from Flying Buffalo, Inc. More often than not, there is no winner because everyone dies in a nuclear war.
My favorite foods are Italian and Chinese, along with steaks, shrimp, crab & burgers and I like cooking from time to time.
I have been an avid music fan since I was a kid. While at Texas A&M, I was a DJ for the cable radio station KANM. My show was called Spam-o-Rama and I played classic rock music. My favorite types of music are 80's retro, classic rock and alternative music. Some of my favorite artists and movies are:
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2015 - 2020
Principal Technical Product Manager
2012 - 2014
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Senior Systems Analyst
2004 - 2008
Senior Systems Engineer
2002 - 2004
1999 - 2002
Texas Instruments Education & Productivity Solutions
Disney Internet Group / infoseek.com
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Senior Computer Systems Analyst
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1993 - 1997
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Texas A&M University Computer Science Department
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Texas A&M University Energy Systems Lab
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Texas A&M University Entomology Department
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