Where are you from?
Born and raised on a dairy farm north of Chicago.
What do you do here?
I lead. I solve problems. I make sure we're always learning, always pushing forward to be better, and always delivering a great experience for our clients.
What do you enjoy most about working at Code Koalas?
Working with the passionate people who make this company what it is. Everyone here wants to work hard, push to do our work the best way possible, and still stay friends at the end of the day.
Tell us a joke?
A teenage boy is getting ready to take his girlfriend to the prom. First he goes to rent a tux, but there’s a long tux line at the shop and it takes forever. Next, he has to get some flowers, so he heads over to the florist and there’s a huge flower line there. He waits forever but eventually gets the flowers. Then he heads out to rent a limo. Unfortunately, there’s a large limo line at the rental office, but he’s patient and gets the job done. Finally, the day of the prom comes. The two are dancing happily and his girlfriend is having a great time. When the song is over, she asks him to get her some punch, so he heads over to the punch table and there’s no punchline.
How did you get started in development?
Banking and Excel sheets. I solved a huge problem at a bank I worked at by using sheets and sheets of complicated Excel formulas and VLOOKUPs. This seemed like a lot more work that it was worth, so I picked up a PHP & MySQL development book and taught myself how to code.
What are some tools you use on a daily basis?
Slack, Terminal, Vim, Thunderbird, SSH, zsh
If you could do anything else, what would it be?
Electrical Engineer, because hardware is cool.
Favorite thing about Kansas City?
The people. Kansas City is full of fantastic people who are determined to make this city great!
How do you like your coffee?
Yes. Preferably Parisi. Straight, hot, cold, milk, froth, syrup, anyway that contains coffee is fine by me.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Astronaut, Engineer, Scientist. Guy who gets paid to blow things up. If mythbusters had been around when I was young that would have been my dream.
What would your superpower be if you could choose one?
The ability to learn large swaths of information and skills immediately. Like the Matrix, only as a superpower and not some evil AI overlords.
Items on your bucket list?
Develop a bucket list.
Star Wars or Star Trek?
Both. Light Sabers are cool to just about everyone, but Star Trek attempts to tackle larger social problems and force people to think about them in a new way.
How early did you start coding?
I started playing with HTML in high school. Actually coding came a few years later.
What got you interested in development?
I like building things, and building virtual things is just as cool as real things for me.
What languages/specialties do you write in?