What is your position with MyCase?
I am Director of Engineering
What does your job entail?
I look after our engineers, ensuring that we stay aligned with our priorities in a focused, productive way that brings value to our customers through developing our great product. I also have the pleasure of helping with our hiring, strategic roadmap planning, and safeguarding/shepherding our fantastic culture.
What’s the best part of your job?
When I’m doing my job well, my team feels empowered to make their own decisions, direct their own work, and produce kick-ass software that delights our customers. Seeing the team’s pride when we get fantastic customer feedback and celebrating that success as a truly meaningful part of our job is definitely the best part.
If you hadn’t become an engineer, what other career path do you think you’d have pursued?
There are actually a lot of other career paths that I’ve considered. For example, I’d love to be a professional actor – time onstage has always really filled my soul. I’ve also got a passion for holism and spirituality, though I don’t feel drawn to pursue those things as a career. I actually did join the circus for a while, but I never made any money doing that.
More than anything else, my heart lies with any activity that allows me to take care of people and help them achieve their dreams. That’s what took me into management: the ability to surround myself with amazing, brilliant people and to help them improve their skills and grow their careers while having fun at work.
Where are you originally from and how did you end up in San Diego?
I was born and raised in the Northwest corner of Indiana, just outside Chicago. After highschool, I went to college and eventually the military. When I got out of the service, the roommate I’d had in Korea and I decided we wanted to stay close and be near one another. He visited the midwest and I visited San Diego and, well – California won.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I play a lot of video games with my girlfriend (we’re currently really into ARK: Survival Evolved), and am big on RPGs, both the online and pen-and-paper variety. As part of that, I have a small content-production team that does a lot of writing, content development, and produces gaming events for large groups.
I also organize a local club here in San Diego focused on doing good in the community. I also spend time here and there with a group of holistic healers and my old circus community. 🙂
Tell me about your family/pets, etc.?
I live with my girlfriend, Alissa. We’ve been together for 3 years and have a pet snake named Sugar. Alissa works in marketing and web design, but spends her evenings doing performance hula hoop (which is awesome!), hair modeling, and photography.
It’s a strange and beautiful relationship which is full of lots of flashing lights, bright colors, and video games. 🙂
What is your ideal vacation and why?
I love going places with rich history and beautiful scenery. My mom is a wonderful explorer, so we’ve been all around the Northern Mediterranean, the South East coast of Australia, Hawaii, South Korea, and a big list of places across the US.
For me, a perfect vacation includes equal parts learning, entertainment, and relaxation – all surrounded by beautiful stuff to look at, listen to and eat. Location is less important than depth.
Do you have a favorite saying or quote and if so, what is it and why?
Lots, actually, but here are a couple I find especially meaningful:
Esse Quam Videri – “To be, rather than to seem.”
– Marcus Tullius Cicero (It’s also the official motto of North Carolina).
This phrase reminds me of the difference between appearances and truths, and keeps me focused on being genuine and honest, rather than attempting to seem perfect without offering real value/substance.
“Certain things…are fundamental to human fulfillment…To live, to love, to learn, to leave a legacy.”
– Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
This saying embodies the center of what I try to focus my life on. Experience, relationships, growth and providing lasting value to others.
“You attract what you are, not what you want.”
– Karmic Principle
This belief drives me, and I try to hold it as the core of my motivations. To attract kindness, love, charity, gratitude and so on, I am only benefitted by internalizing these things as a part of who I am.