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 from some of the most brilliant and open-minded developers that I had ever seen up to that point.
It was right around this time that I started pushing harder with my love for music and live performance. But I digress… 🙂
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.
I spent the next 11 years working as the Interactive Director for PALO, not only selling their solutions, but leading a team to build out interactive experiences, e-commerce solutions, and custom programming solutions on an enterprise level for clients such as Parker Hannifin, the Heritage Plastics, Talmer Bank, the Pittsburgh Airport and DRS – to name a few.
In 2006, I opened my project studio – Retroactiv Studios – up to the public and began to record and produce everything from rock, country, industrial, and hip-hop/rap music to radio spots and cartoon voice-overs. I ran the studio successfully for almost six years until I had to shut it down due to moving and not being able to offer an easily accessible space out of my new home.
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). We now have a group 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 Airframes was born. We design and prototype high-quality airframes right in Ohio in our workshop, along with a full line of 3D printed accessories.
I create things at iSynergy under the title of Interactive Director, helping clients realize their analog dreams using digital technology. Our team uses collaboration and creativity to breathe life into client projects, focusing on perfection, and ultimately delighting each and every customer. WE LOVE WHAT WE DO! And loving what you do is the key to success!
I got bit by the music bug again and worked out of Above Reality Studios until they closed and in late 2018. I now work out of The Studio in Youngstown, Ohio. Some of my services include recording, mixing, mastering, beat creation, duplication services, music video creation. You can see what I’ve been up to on Facebook here and follow me on Instagram.