I am originally from Chicago but moved to California in the early 90’s right when the Bulls were scorching the NBA. I worked in a few different industries before finding my niche in the technology sector. From the Payroll Manager at Red Robin Restaurants, to an accountant for a law office, I bounced around quite a bit. (Yes, I waited tables and bartended in there somewhere too) .
Before joining Microsoft, I held a variety of positions in the information technology and engineering fields. At my company, Odyssey Consulting Group, I served as Chief Architect and CEO. We did custom application development for Mid-Range companies in Southern California.
I was fortunate enough to be a Microsoft Regional Director (a very elite group of developers and business owners), a Microsoft MVP – ASP/ASP.Net , a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and an Microsoft Certified Solution Developer, as well as a .Net Insider for the Southern California Region.
I have always been active in the developer community and was the Co-Founder of the SoCalDotNet Developers Group. I had the unique opportunity to serve as President of INETA, the international .Net association and enjoyed my time there immensely.
When not working on technical stuff, you can find me running around SoCal trying to bring down my marathon times (don’t ask) or shooting away with my Cannon trying to get that “perfect” shot. I also sometimes keep my nights busy teaching a .NET Certification course at California State University Fullerton.