I'm a seasoned veteran of the real estate industry turned software engineering student at Launch School.
Currently I'm based in Portland, OR, with two rambunctious boys who know how to give this dad a run for his money. Prior to Portland, I was born and raised in Orange County, which is in the almost always sunny enclave of Southern California, before trading it in for the cool, wet — but green and deeply majestic — climate of the Pacific Northwest more than a decade ago.
I studied philosophy and classical languages, history and literature at the University of California, Irvine.
From Real Estate Broker to Software Engineer
Professionally I've been a licensed real estate broker for the last decade, and for more than half of that I've operated under my own real estate brokerage. Running my own operation where I have full control and responsibility for, quite literally, everything (branding, marketing, systems and processes, lead generation, revenue, P&L, etc.) has been an incredible experience.
Before venturing out on my own I was a Team Lead at the real estate technology start-up, Redfin. During that time I established its first listings team for the Portland area, trained and supervised a stellar team of lead agents, associate agents and transaction coordinators, grew the team's market share and advised on new consumer and agent technologies with a cross-functional team from around the country.
While being a real estate broker has been a great career, I am currently enrolled in Launch School's software engineering program. As of July 2022, I've just about completed the final course of the lengthy Core Curriculum, with plans to enroll in the Winter '23 cohort of Launch School's highly regarded Capstone program.
About This Website
I love to write, and I love the channel it gives us to communicate with our peers. Even in the age of video and visual media, writing is still a core pathway to touching those around us, and to providing useful content to those who need it.
And so here, I write. For me, it’s a great outlet to clear my head, fine tune ideas, exercise a craft and add value where I can.
To write, I use the fast, light weight and simple to learn markup language, Markdown. I write with the beautiful, distraction-free editor iA Writer, which has apps for both iOS and macOS.
When it's all said and done, I publish to the web using the open source platform Ghost as a headless CMS, with a custom designed frontend using Gatsby. The Ghost backend is hosted on a Digital Ocean droplet, while the Gatsby frontend is hosted on Vercel.
If you've made it this far, I appreciate your time in getting to know more about me. If you'd like to connect or if there's something you think I might be able to help you with, feel free to drop me a note here.