Army Special Forces, Microsoft
Maplewood, Arbor Hills, Northview
In 5th grade, Mr. Eding grabbed a cup and explained to us that it was composed of atoms, which were 99.9 percent empty space. Based upon that, he theorized that the cup should pass through the wall since most of it was empty. We all knew it wouldn’t. It shouldn’t. But he had my geek mind locked into this discussion. Then he said lets just try and see, and he took the cup and threw it at the wall. It did not pass through the wall, but at that moment what he did spoke loudly to me. Challenge everything.
I have always been a computer geek ever since I was a little 5th grader in his class at Maplewood Elementary. They introduced us to the Oregon Trail game on the Apple IIe computers. That access to computing at such a young age sparked an even greater interest in the topic, so the summer of 6th grade I mowed lawns and pulled weeds in the neighborhood to save up for my first computer, the TRS-80 (which happens to sit next to me in my office right now).
I took advantage of every available class that had computers in it during my time at junior high at Arbor Hills as well. When I began high school, I was able to take a group of classes called Intensive Business Education (IBE). This gave me unfettered access to the IBM PS2 PCs as well as an assortment of software packages ranging from word processing to spreadsheet programs. At that point in my high school career, I had found my passion and my calling in life. I would even help the custodian with fixing the PCs after, before and during school.
Following high school, I spent the next seven years in the Army as a part of 3rd Special Forces Group serving as a systems engineer. Having had the chance to be a self-starter in high school with PCs, I had high confidence in my skills and my ability to make something out of nothing, which is largely what Special Forces is about. We were the first unit on the ground during 9/11 in Afghanistan, and we were able to accomplish missions that were historical in nature and execution. This was one of my greatest challenges as a young man, leading troops into a war zone and answering daily challenges from multiple sources.
Soon I found that the challenges I had endured had plateaued for me and I became restless, so I decided to make the move from the military to the civilian sector as a consultant. Once my unit knew that ambition, I was offered an elite position as a part of a group called Delta Force. This seemed like another great challenge that I could take on. However, after reviewing the offer, I noticed that the challenge would not sustain me for too long, so I declined.
I began working for Microsoft as a consultant after working for various federal consulting companies. The opportunities at Microsoft are plentiful and readily available to undertake. Working for this company, I am able to truly empower people across every organization across the planet to achieve more. I once again find myself in Mr. Eding's classroom, challenging everything.