I STARTED OUT AS AN AEROSPACE ENGINEER
I started out as an aerospace engineer, getting a BS AME from Parks College–St. Louis University. I have an A&P license and my private pilot’s license.
I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. I currently reside with my wife, Debora, in Seattle, Washington.
I retired from Amazon in June 2020 (during the COVID-19 pandemic) and decided to build a kitplane while social distancing.
“The engineer’s life, sitting for eight hours a day at a drafting table designing connectors (or other stuff, but always specialized) didn’t sound like enough challenge or variety for me. So I went right back to school for an AA in Communications and went to work for (then) McDonnell Douglas in the Film and Television group. Mac paid for my MBA—four years of night classes—and we moved to San Antonio for my wife’s job, where I connected with a startup tech company as their corporate communications guy and then their VP of Quality (couldn’t keep the engineer bottled up). From there, I managed projects for Microsoft and Amazon in Seattle, including a one-of-a-kind from-scratch custom home automation project.”