My little place on the web serves a couple of main purposes. First of all, I believe every developer needs to keep a place on the internet to show his or her presence. I think it is important for people to see that a developer is serious about his task, and this is how I choose to do that. Secondly, I believe that I need a place to host subdomains to showcase my development ideas. Thirdly, I am very proud of my faith, I wanted a place to share my views of Jesus and God, as every man should evangelize the world. Finally, I am a family man, and I believe my family deserves some "fame" so to speak.
I was born and raised in the Kansas City metro area, living my whole life on the Kansas side of the border. I grew up close enough to the city to be exposed to enough culture and entertainment to enjoy my youth, yet lived on a working farm where I learned the value of hard work. I went to Catholic grade school and then to Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Missouri, where I graduated with honors. I then proceeded to attend The University of Kansas where I received my first degree, a BGS in Microbiology. I then attended Johnson County Community College where I received an AAS in Information Technology. My third degree is a BS in Computer Science from The University of Missouri, Kansas City. I am currently working on my MSIT from KU.
I have worked in a myriad of jobs, but found my calling writing software. I grew up on the farm as I mentioned, but my dad also owned a restaurant in Osawatomie, KS. Cafe Italiano served two great purposes for me. First of all, it reinforced my cooking skills, a talent I not only use to feed my family, but also one that I serve my Church with. The restaurant is also where I met my wife, though at the time we were not the best of friends, but hey that is High School for you. I worked my way through my first stint of college first as a Pharmacy Technician, then as a manager of a steak house in Lawrence, KS. Once I graduated, I found being a Microbiologist doesn't pay that well, and at that point I was engaged to my now bride, so I took a job running the Kitchen and Catering department for a grocery store while I went back to school. I then took a job at Cerner Corporation, first in QA, then support, then development once I was closer to my CS degree. I fell in love with software development at Cerner, as I had always enjoyed computers. I then moved on to my current position with Garmin as an application developer where I specialize in web services and SOA components.