Well, let’s see. I grew up in Allentown, PA, and moved to Pittsburgh just over ten years ago, to take a job with Carnegie Mellon University. I’ve been in the information technology field since 2000, doing web development, business analysis, and systems administration; and have been managing IT teams for the last five years. If that’s at all interesting to you, you’re welcome to visit my resume over on linkedin or resumup. On the side I run a tiny web site development business, through which I also manage a little bit of commercial photography.
I joke that through Carnegie Mellon, I not only got a paycheck for ten years, but I also got a masters degree, and met my wife Leah. I also have two wonderful daughters, Sarah and Ashley (from a previous marriage).
In my free time, I tend to rotate hobbies. I play alto and soprano sax. I started out playing jazz occasionally with Donna Bailey and Jason Hollar. Later, I joined Bad Buddha, a Pittsburgh original rock band. Most recently, I’ve been sitting in with The Sun Kings, a reggae/rock band featuring outstanding musicianship and company.
Fundamentally, though, I’m someone who never grew out of a childhood love of trains (and never will). As a kid I loved HO scale model trains, and grew increasingly interested in the “real thing”. My lovely wife tolerates this intense “train thing”, as evidenced by our engagement (on a train), and wedding venue (at Horseshoe Curve). This interest drove me into related hobbies, like photography, electronics, and computer programming. The latter interests developed into my career choice. Over the last few years, my photography interest has grown considerably. I took four semesters of darkroom photography at Pittsburgh Filmmakers, enjoyed several commercial railroad photography assignments, and of course occasionally photograph weddings and portraits for family and friends.