A Brief History
I started off my career attending the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan and working as an intern in the A/V library at McCann-Ericson. Throughout college I was able to hone my craft and work my way up in ad agencies to become an Art Director at Campbell-Ewald and Doner Advertising. I had the pleasure of working on accounts like Owens-Corning, Minute Maid, Chevrolet, Bush's Baked Beans, and Mazda. I started in traditional advertising (print and television) and loved every minute of it – even the all-nighters for new business pitches. I was doing great and getting recognition. After I received an offer I couldn't pass up, I took a new job in a new city.
I moved out of Detroit back in 2007 and went to Pittsburgh where life came to a screeching halt. The work and opportunities were limited. I gave Pittsburgh a fair 10 months, and although I made the best of a bad decision to leave Detroit, I quickly packed my bags for greener pastures and moved to Chicago.
More Modern Times
I lived in Chicago for 7+ years where I was awesome at life working on cool projects for Nokia, specifically designing dash-navigation systems for BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Peugot, and a myriad of other auto manufacturers. For the most part it was a lot of pairing mobile devices to dashboard nav systems. (Think: Apple CarPlay or Android Auto but specific to OEM's.) Being heavily involved in mobile devices and app design allowed me to expand my reach in the digital world. I traveled regularly to San Diego and Berlin to work with development teams which was an added perk.
Although living in Chicago was amazing, I reconnected with a remarkable woman from an earlier time in my life. We fell in love, got married, and decided to have a super adorable baby. I now live happily in Columbus, Ohio with my wife and two children.
In March of 2015, I accepted a job at Nationwide and have since been the UX Lead and Lead Designer on their Mobile Refresh Project and the Mobile Future Envisioning Project for 2016. I work with an outstanding UX team and we do great work. Plus, being a senior digital designer for a national insurance company is pretty awesome.
What I do
- Lead and inspire those around me
- Design digital experiences that problem solve and engage
- Present ideas clearly and effectively
- Work hard and play hard
- Stay humble and strive for more
What I have
- 15+ years of design experience – both digital and traditional
- In-depth understanding of mobile devices and their nuances
- Exceptional vision for UX strategies
- Passion for web design and the ability to push the boundaries of feasibility
- The ability to multitask and problem-solve
- Passion for design, creativity, knowledge, and technology