Like most, my roots are a bit tangled so here is the quick, unraveled version — I was born in New Jersey and I lived in Hawaii for a couple years before moving to Florida where I’ve lived since 1994.
I grew up around two people who always had a passion for art and design. Amongst many other artistic skills, my mother was/is an accomplished oil painter. My sister matriculated from the Fashion program at Parson’s School of Design and is also an amazing illustrator.
I graduated from Florida State University in 2003. After a brief stint in New York City and a couple years of doing work unrelated to design, I realized quickly that I was not doing what I was meant to. In 2007, I decided it was time for a new career path and a few years later, I earned another Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design.
I was lucky enough to land an internship right after school and got hired on full-time soon thereafter. After 2 years of working and learning under some very smart people, I took a job with a couple friends working for a small hotel marketing company in Clearwater, FL. For the next 5 years, our small team shipped a countless amount of websites, launched several applications for hoteliers, and had an unbelievable amount of fun along the way.
I got into this industry because I wanted to work in a field where I was excited to go to work everyday, passionate about solving problems through design, and where nurturing positive relationships could lead to personal and professional growth. To this day, those core values have not changed.