Seventh grade shop class was when I turned on the Architecture switch. It got me interested in the investigations of how things are designed and their construction. The light grew brighter at my first job where I can still remember on my very first day where, as a naive sixteen year old, I told my boss, “I can design this house better than you.” I moved South, from Northern Virginia, to attend the University of Tennessee and then again further South to Atlanta to join the Olympic building frenzy in 1994.
In Atlanta, I joined a small multi-family design firm where learning was achieved by exposure. I thrived in this “trial by fire” method and quickly learned from my mistakes. This exposure helped to develop my attention to detail and enabled me to pass the ARE on the first attempt. In each successive company I joined, there was always driving entrepreneurial spirit of the company that continued to help nurture my spirit as each expanded their employees more than ten fold. My second career chapter occurred during the summer of 2004, while during one of my many business trips to Washington, DC my client asked, “Why don’t you just open a branch office in DC?” This question hit right in the heart of both the company’s and my entrepreneurial spirit and by October, my family had moved to Virginia.
As the founding member of the branch office, I take great pride instilling the drive for perfection and the nurturing of client relationships that have been the fundamental building blocks of my career. The branch office opportunity has allowed me to learn a great deal about how to grow a successful company, as well as the respect and humility for those who have succeeded in this difficult achievement. I am passionate about continual learning and recently passed the Fairfax County Building Peer Reviewer exam and the LEED AP exam.
I followed my college sweetheart, Anne, to Atlanta and married her in 1995. We always said we wanted kids so we got a beagle, Bailey, immediately after we were married. Our “child trial run” soon included a second beagle, Dixie. It was not until 1999 before we had our official first child. Molly’s wish of having a baby brother, Frank, came true in the summer of 2004, only 4 months before we had moved to Virginia.
I have always been a huge sports fan. Yes, I am the guy who always changesthe break room TV to ESPN. Sports of any kind, it really doesn’t matter to me, I watch them all. I regret to say that I have even been to see a tractor pull recently. My real passion is playing baseball, but I also love to golf, fish, and watch football. I continue to enjoy being involved in sports where I play on a softball team and am an assistant coach for bothof my kids’ soccer teams.