the personal section of my web site, where you get to learn all about me, or at
least as much as I'd care to share on the Internet. Hopefully this short bio will
allow you to get to know me a little better.
I am 37, 5'11", around 175 lbs, with brown hair and
laser-corrected hazel eyes, of mixed European descent, and missing an appendix as of 2006.
I went to Princeton, work as a technology executive, drive an Acura and a Porsche,
live in a nice suburban colonial with a wonderful wife named Kim, and spend a lot of
my free time lusting after expensive Nikon camera lenses. I also play volleyball,
lift weights, go hiking and bicycling when possible, write my own electronic music
on occasion, read quite a bit, and enjoy traveling to various tropical destinations.
For those familiar with Myers-Briggs personality
classifications, I am an INTJ. At heart I'm a creative, analytical generalist.
Abridged Curriculum Vitae
I was valedictorian at Upper Dublin High School, and I have an A.B. in Molecular
Biology from Princeton University
(class of '95). After I
graduated I worked as a technical consultant at Formal Systems, Inc. (now Pedagogue Solutions), then I was a consultant with Coretech Consulting Group, Inc., which evolved into
a stint in the MIS department at Comcast Cellular, which company was then acquired
by Southwestern Bell and has since
been spun off as part of Cingular and may now be AT&T.
That unpleasant experience led to my joining PlanSponsorExchange.com when it had
less than 10 employees. We are now
Investor Force, Inc. and had more than 180 employees at our peak (as of
2010 we're down to around 40, which to me seems a much more manageable size, but growing again).
I've been with this company since 1999 and have been the Chief Technology Officer
since mid-2005. In 2006 we spun off a large part of our business to
Morningstar, allowing us to focus on a new product line. Professionally, I spend a great deal of my time trying to do too much with too little.
My undergraduate thesis at Princeton was on the origin of evolutionary constraints,
an examination and rebuke of the more extreme theories put forth by proponents of
structuralism in biology (like anyone cares at this point). My background in evolutionary
biology and science in general has given me a lot of insights on the future of technology and organizational
dynamics. I used to do basically everything associated with interactive media, whether
that was low-level programming, content authoring, soundtrack composition, interface
design, project administration or client liason work. Now I don't do any coding
at all and manage a team of technical personnel. The next phases in my
plan for Total World Domination are happening without me even really noticing (I
don't have time to notice). Think Michael Corleone, without all the literal blood.
Sonny already got fired. Anakin Skywalker is another good pop culture comparison,
although I am hopeful that I don't turn to the dark side as I age.
I also think regularly about my Plan for Total Karmic Enlightenment
and wonder if these two plans will conflict at some point.
I watch some TV, including sports, mostly the NFL, although Bull Riding is surprisingly interesting to watch (ouch).
I do play my share of mind-numbing PC games, and read up on philosophy, particle physics, or whatever else I
happen to want at the moment. I also like to travel to warm, sunny places with palm
trees, beaches, and rainforests, and take pictures of them. Once in a while I wonder
what life would be like if I had stuck to my original plan of collecting large exotic
beetles in the Amazon basin. Maybe I will make my millions and go back to it. It
is likewise possible that some of those big beetles will spontaneously turn into flying pigs in mid-air;
I do enjoy taking pictures of bugs, and when they're big
they just make it easier to fill a frame well.
In case you've detected some kind of pattern here--volleyball, convertible, computer
expertise, sunny climes--it's true, it would be nice to eventually end up in a tropical
location where the trade winds blow gently all year, preferably with a beachfront
house, several cars in the driveway and a very expensive high-bandwidth connection
to the global network. That comes with the caveat that I've become a bit more laid-back
over the years, and again, the end result described here might be at odds with the
Plan for Total Karmic Enlightenment. I'm no longer single, which eliminates at least one good reason
to send me some email!