During my thirty plus year career I've had the good fortune to work in a variety of technology-related fields. I started my career at the tender age of fifteen working as the after-hours computer operator for Parda Federal Credit Union which serviced all Warner-Lambert employees. While there I did everything from backups, system updates, ran all of the financial reports, and produced monthly statements. Yep, my parents had to drive me back and forth to the Parke-Davis complex in downtown Detroit until I got my driver’s license. These were the days of room-filling computers with refrigerator-sized hard drives that were 1/1000th the capacity of the card you put in your camera today.
This early opportunity reinforced a passion for computers and technology that was fostered in 8th grade when I entered an experimental computer programming curriculum and has lasted my entire life. I pursued a Computer Science degree at Eastern Michigan University (EMU); to help pay for school I enlisted in the US Army (70th Training Division, Army Reserves) after winning an Army merit scholarship which allowed me to serve and attend University simultaneously.