Scaring trout on the Yakima River

Scaring trout on the Yakima River

About Me

More than you wanted to know

I’m a senior product design leader for large-scale, consumer and enterprise technology products. My experience includes leading design and strategy for award-winning consumer products and global scale systems at the world’s leading technology companies.

My proudest work has been building and leading high-performing interdisciplinary design teams.  I have a reputation for attracting "t-shaped" talent from diverse backgrounds and cultivating an engaged, growth-oriented design culture. As a former teacher and coach, I enjoy the process of forming and mentoring bright, talented people into thoughtful, and compassionate teams of leaders with the courage to push for the right solutions and business outcomes on behalf of customers.

With the help of my teams, I’ve been fortunate to work on and ship technology products as varied as computer vision on mobile devices, machine learning applications in education, e-commerce and customer lifecycle engagement, cloud services for media consumption,  context-aware IOT platforms, voice interfaces, crowd-sourced labor markets, vehicular interfaces, integrated media consumption experiences and transportation systems.

My approach is grounded in a deeply felt sense of mission that was formed in service to others and at the head of a classroom. I was drawn to a career in technology because I believe in its transformative power to improve the human experience at every level.  

I am fascinated by the weird and wonderful ways people learn, interact with, and use technology to adapt to the world around them.  I see the signal of opportunities in the noise of big data and envision stuff that frees people to realize their potential. I am an optimist at heart. 

As a former teacher, I'm driven by a desire to help people learn and grow. That experience led me to a career that works at the intersection of human needs, technology, and market fit. I gravitate to leadership roles where I can build and mentor teams that become strategic force multipliers. I know how to foster talent and develop "contributors" into leaders, innovators, and mentors with broad impact. 

My experience includes:
• K-12 products for children, parents, teachers, and schools
• Adaptive games and interactive learning environments for museums and public spaces
• Public health initiatives to improve the lives of children
• Voice-based interfaces, including shipping the V1 Amazon Alexa domains for shopping, home automation, and Alexa Skills and Skills Store.
• Computer vision (Amazon Firefly)  and multi-modal interfaces
• In-vehicle navigation and listening experiences
• Desktop (Windows, OSX), and mobile software (iOS, Android, Windows Phone), and responsive web services.

Raised in the wilds of Suburban Washington D.C., and instructed in the finer points of Catholic guilt by Jesuit Priests. I spent my formative years fighting with my four younger brothers causing both of my parents to go completely grey by 35. 

Since then, I’ve managed to work, live or travel to 38 states, eight foreign countries, one semi-sovereign territory and four out of seven continents.

I currently live in Seattle with my wife, our three children, and a dog with a dubious pedigree named Pete. I’m always on the lookout for new opportunities to work with smart, interesting people that want to change the world.