Alrighty then, I'll take you back to where it all began.
I grew up in the small rural town of Ridgefield, Washington. Like any small town, it has it's ups and downs. All things considered though, I'm proud of my little town and who it helped me become.
After I graduated High School (and with 2 years of college credits to go with it) I moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota where I volunteered and worked with Latinos to locate appropriate resources and shelter. Through this, I learned to read, write, and speak in Spanish at a fluent level. To this day I work to maintain that gift.
I also learned how to use public transportation for the first time in my life.
Volunteering gave me perspective, so I decided to return to college and work towards finishing my degree. I made the move to Rexburg, Idaho and began working on my degree in Business Management.
When I wasn't at class, I'd get lost for hours exploring the endless trails of Yellowstone, climbing the boulders of the Tetons, and admiring the spectacular scenery found only in the Midwest.
While I was in College, I took a job with Monkey Bar Storage as an in-house marketing specialist. Jobs were hard to come by in Rexburg, and I was elated to find I was chosen for such a lucrative role. Thanks to my years of experience helping my parent's market their small business, I turned out to be a great fit for the work.
However, sometimes life throws us curve-balls that we don't expect. Just 6 months after my move, I received word I'd have to return home to care for my mom, who had been dealing with various medical complications. I was devastated, but knew I had to push forward.
When I got back to Portland I knew I had to improvise, and quick! I decided to ask my manager at the time if they'd consider letting me work remotely until I found a more permanent solution. To my astonishment, they agreed. The months that followed were some of the most taxing of my life, however I learned to love working remotely and the personal accountability that came with it.
I eventually secured a part-time job as an IT Support Specialist for Dataprise then later secured a leadership role within the same company.
In a recent venture, I was contracted as a remote Digital Marketing Manager for MKTG, a multi-national ad-agency based out of New York. I've flown all over the United States consulting businesses on the best digital marketing strategies, while leading a team of professionals to help execute them in English and Spanish markets alike.
In January, I started and now manage Elevado MKTG, a startup dedicated to providing affordable technical support and and education to local small businesses trying to succeed despite newer and larger competition.
In my free-time, I love to explore the trails found scattered throughout the Northwest with my wife and our dog Lucy.
We also love to take some time away from the noise of the city, and camp out in the peaceful Northwest wilderness.
And as you might have noticed, I love to make music. I play mostly guitar, but I also know how Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, and currently teaching myself Piano. I'm not afraid to admit to being a band-geek!
So there you have it, that's my condensed life-story. Hopefully now you know me a little better. That being said- now it's my turn!
If you made it to this page, you must have a good reason for making it this far. Now that you've read my story, are you ready to meet?