May 17, 2018
What’s your background?
I’ve been involved in Design work for over 18 years. During my wanderings, I’ve done work with major brands like The J. Peterman Company, HGTV, Christian Moerlein Brewery, Hudepohl 14K Brewery Run, and Sir Sean Connery.
How did you get into design?
I stumbled into it. I was living in Dallas, TX in the 90s and had a friend who desperately needed a website to get his fledgling startup off the ground. Without any previous design experience, all I knew was what I didn’t like. So I did the opposite of that and created my first hideous website with “ginormous” images on a black background...ewwww. I then sent myself to design school to become a “proper designer.”
How did you end up in Atlanta?
I am currently a man of two cities. My family and I have been living in Lexington, Kentucky on 10 acres of woodland paradise since 2008. As great as Lexington is, with its rolling hills of bourbon, it's not the best job market for a UX designer. Part of my family has lived in Atlanta for years, so that and a thriving job market made it a perfect choice for me to look for work. I’ve been happily residing in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta and on weekends travel back to Lexington to see my wife and children. I look forward to having them join me in Atlanta very soon.
Why do you have a goose?
The question is, why don’t you? My wife and I have always been lovers of nature and animals. We’ve homeschooled our four kids from the beginning. When you homeschool you’re always looking for new adventures to experience, or at least we do. So a couple of years ago while driving in our town we came across a farmers market where they had some goslings. Twenty bucks later we had Lance and Hazel. What I’ve learned about being a goose owner: Geese are very affectionate. Once they love on you a bit, you are theirs for life. I love sipping on a glass of bourbon in my backyard with them while they untie my shoes.
How did you get into Beard Balm creation?
I’ve always had a facial hedge. A few years ago some coworkers got me some beard balm for my birthday. It smelled of woods and manliness. When I ran out, and started looking for a replacement, I found most balms come in a dainty, 2 oz tins. I wanted a man-sized puck that I could grab and man handle. I decided to make my own because I like the idea of holding the balm in my hands. I found a basic recipe for balm online and then tweaked to my liking. Once I made a batch I liked, I gave it to some bearded friends to sample. They loved it! My wife came up with the name, Handsome Bastard and boom, my beard balm was born. Visit handsomebastardbeard.com and grab some for that hairy gentleman in your life. :)
What is the most interesting project you’ve worked on at MemberSuite?
Our team is tasked with churning out the new Portal 5 (new customer interface) for the company. Creating something new is both exhilarating and can keep you up at night. One of the things I enjoy most about this project is the opportunity to solve our clients' needs. Creating something that’s simple and easy to use is a big challenge. “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” — Leonardo da Vinci
What do you like most about working at MemberSuite?
The people. We have a great group of individuals with a multitude of diverse experiences they bring to the table. Oh and the beer keg.