At age 16, I was hired as a web assistant at Nashbar. Within a year I took over as the Webmaster, where I spent two years helping to build out their custom eCommerce solution that stocked more products than Amazon had books at the time. It was an amazing experience where I got to learn techniques from some of the most brilliant developers in the field on how to leverage my experience in development for marketing purposes. My eyes were open.
I continued to cut my teeth in the advertising and marketing space at Marcus Thomas – where I spent over four years developing cutting edge interactive solutions for companies such as Alltel, Dunlop, Goodyear, the Cleveland Browns, Pfaltzgraff, Johnsonite, and Glidden. Some of my favorite projects I led while there involved the creation and implementation of a custom A/B testing module that delivered different content paths depending on the users journey and entry point.
I spent the next 11 years working as the Interactive Director at PALO Creative, where I helped to sell their solutions, and led a team of developers and designers that built interactive experiences, e-commerce solutions, and custom programming solutions on an enterprise level for clients such as Parker Hannifin, Heritage Plastics, Talmer Bank, the Pittsburgh Airport and Involta – to name a few.
In 2014, I met up with an old friend who introduced me to FPV (First Person View) flying and I was hooked. I started an online community to help educate mini quad (drone) pilots on proper build techniques and safety procedures, which quickly grew into the world’s premier online forum for drone pilots – the Mini Quad Club (MQC). The group consists of over 10,000 pilots and drone racers helping to keep each other in the air, with a social media network over 50,000 followers strong.
My passion for design and manufacturing quickly took over, and MQC Worx was born. It was during this time that I really got to leverage all of my skill sets and watch my SEM, SEO, and PPC campaigns come together to help me create the first US based drone manufacturing plant specializing in the manufacturing of carbon fiber racing drones and 3D printed accessories.
I am currently the VP of Technology at iSynergy, where I help clients realize their analog dreams using digital technology. Our team uses collaboration and creativity to breathe life into projects, and leverages the newest available platforms to help enhance a users experience during all stages of “the funnel”.