I was in my third year of college, majoring in business marketing, when I wrote my first line of code. I was immediately taken in by all of the things I could build. In my free time I would hack up just about anything I could think of.
I went on to earn my bachelor’s in computer science from Grand Valley State University. In the process, I made the Dean’s List and gained experience working with Node, Angular, Ruby on Rails, and Java.
Switching majors to computer science was an easy decision. Not long after, I was asked to build a platform for the faculty and staff. They needed a way to collect and report data to show the impact of various university partnerships. The project ultimately led to my first startup, Collective Metrics.
At Collective Metrics, we developed ways to visually illustrate the impact worthy causes have on the communities and partners they serve. The lessons I learned with the company were instrumental in moving my career forward.
In addition to my work with Collective Metrics, I built more than 30 websites and developed software for a range of companies. It was privilege being able to do what I love and helping businesses operate more effectively in the process.
Outside of my coding life, I have passion for music, whether attending concerts, playing guitar, or producing my own dance music. I also try to spend as much time as possible outdoors—hiking, biking, fishing, playing sports, snowboarding, and surfing when I get the chance.