About Me

My Resume

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Background

  • I moved a few times when I was younger but have spent the majority of my life in Southeast Michigan. Living in one of the states first affected by a slower economy I have learned the value of networking, the power of technology to improve lives and the need to stay sharp in skills and flexible in demeanor.
  • I am finishing up a general business degree right now.
  • I love my wife and if she gets her way will probably own a puppy really soon. [UPDATE: The puppy’s name is Dagny]
  • I actually enjoy opportunities to wear a suit.
  • Here is my LinkedIn profile.

Influences

  • Seven Habits of Highly Effective People – I have read this book several times and have taught an unsanctioned version of the material. I have taken many of the lessons of this book to heart and incorporated the various habits into my management style and relationships. Chief among these lessons, for me, has been “Begin with the end in mind.” In my experience, the degree to which I have demonstrated intentionality, is the degree to which I have experienced success and fulfillment; whether in business, in relationships or for a project.
  • The Bible – Some might find including the Bible under influences trite, some controversial; but for me it simply has been a big influence on my life. I grew up in a Christian family and was fortunate to have the instruction and examples I received. Though often unsuccessful, I try to follow the example of Nehemiah who attempted the impossible when he sought to rebuild an ancient wall. He united his desires, his connections, his courage and his mind and led others toward great things. I appreciate how total his vision and commitment were to his cause.
  • Atlas Shrugged – This treatise on capitalism and personal responsibility has inspired me to not settle or compromise. The book esteems truth, personal responsibility, rational thought and hard work. As the world contorts to new and powerful forces of globalism; its lessons and warnings are more relevant than ever.

Interests

  • Technology – New solutions excite me. Lately, I have really enjoyed my Kindle 2, Pulse Smart Pen and SharePoint 2007. Each of these technologies have a different audience but each is best-in-class and empowers people to work accomplish bigger and better things. I am thrilled to live in a time period so filled with innovation.
  • Reading – The best gift I ever received was literacy. On a daily basis I am spending time reading RSS subscriptions, reading books and staying on top of changes in my industry. For me, reading is as stimulating as it is relaxing.

Goals

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification – Having worked on projects for several years now, I can attest to the importance of proper project planning. From the kick-off to the after action review; projects live and die by the level of clear thought and clear communication at each stage. A PMP will provide me with excellent direct instruction and formal recognition of the knowledge I have acquired.
  • CISSP – Like the threats they intend to meet; there has been a proliferation in security certifications in the past two decades. Some are built to cover security as a broad study. This is the case with the CISSP certification through ISC2, which has been around since 1989 and is recognized globally.  The CISSP certification is ideal for anyone working in the security field directly or indirectly. This certification, and the lesser certification, “Associate of (ISC)2” are appealing to a worker because the bases of knowledge covered are as disparate as legal compliance, telecommunications and cryptography.

Me and my beautiful wife, Jordon

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