I was born in January of 1985, and ever since I can remember my family has had a computer. Some of my first memories were learning how to load into DOS on our family’s Tandy 1000 in order to be able to subsequently load my Winnie the Pooh and Tangrams educational software. It wasn’t long before I was learning to master a primitive 2 button 2 axis joystick to play Donkey Kong and a golf game that my parents had purchased. I can still vividly remember the sound of that printer spooling up and can still see the accordion of perforated printer paper in my mind.
My parents were early adopters of technology, needless to say, and that has privileged me with early experience and an inherent understanding of consumer end technology. The time period in which I was born proved to be fortuitous as I was able to witness many technologies grow from some of their very first forms to the modern evolutions and iterations which exist today. Technology has always been both a recreation and a hobby for me, and I was always the one that my friends, family, and neighbors would come to in times of technological turmoil. Whether they were needing a quick fix, temporary solution, or guidance and help resolving any manner of gadget related issues I was generally their first point of contact in problem resolution attempts.
I was always that kid that was opening boxes on the way home from the store and reading instruction manuals cover to cover before we pulled into the driveway, so that I could completely assemble, install, and/or operate whatever new product my parents had purchased. This self-education mindset naturally instilled itself in me over the course of time, out of both desire and necessity. In high school, as a sophomore, I took an elective computer-science class and enjoyed it so much that I took the next two course levels the following years. This provided much of the hardware knowledge and understanding of the “guts” of computers that I still utilize today. Personal interest, coupled with the foreseeable job availability and security that come with an ever-changing technological landscape, resulted in me teaching myself the core concepts of IT support, troubleshooting, and technical assistance. The culmination of this effort was in my acquisition of a CompTIA A+ Certification. “If you’re good at something, never do it for free.” – The Joker
I also have an extensive background in professional golf. My mother was LPGA Rookie of the Year in 1980 and played actively until 1994. My father has a combined 30+ years caddying professionally on the PGA/LPGA/LET tours. My sister is a former LPGA player, and I had the pleasure of caddying for her in the 2015 season. I caddied on the LPGA Tour from 2013-2016 and was blessed with the experiences of a lifetime over those four years. I still hold a title as instructor with Blackwelder Golf Academy in Kentucky and help my parents with their clinics, camps, and exhibitions from time to time when I return home to visit them. It was over this four-year span on the worldwide tour that I met my girlfriend in Rogers, Arkansas at the Northwest Arkansas Championship. I decided that it was time to store away the suitcase and try to penetrate into a more stable career environment. Fast forward a couple years and I’m your newest member of the CC-SI Tech Team and a proud new citizen of Little Rock.