An Abridged History
FOUNDER & LEAD ADVISOR
I run a financial advisory firm in Durham NC helping creative professionals take control of their money. Keep it easy.
TOURING AUDIO ENGINEER, TOUR MANAGER, PRODUCTION MANAGER
I traveled all over the world a bunch of times with a bunch of different bands, some of them among my very favorites. You'll have to pick up the first round before I'll tell you which ones I liked; you'll have to pick up the whole bar tab before I'll tell you which ones I didn't.
RECORDING ENGINEER, STUDIO MANAGER
I started recording bands for a living straight out of school. What a charmed life! John McEntire was a generous and patient boss and I am eternally grateful.
Bands during this period:
Perfect Panther (bass guitar, backing vocals)
Re:Rec (pointy guitar, sometimes vocals)
Auditioned for touring rhythm guitar with The Libertines (filling in for lead singer and co-founder Peter Doherty, who couldn't get into the US because of drug arrests. I didn't get the gig, which was almost certainly for the best.)
NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO (CHICAGO BRANCH)
Staff audio engineer for NPR, recording and editing audio for broadcast (including "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me", a co-production of WBEZ). This was the first job from which I was fired. Thanks, Lorna White, you were a great boss and did a great job training me and letting me go. I mean that with zero sarcasm, Lorna is rad.
WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Bachelor of Arts - Mathematics, minoring in Philosophy
Awarded Presidential Scholar in Mathematics and Statistics (2001)
Recipient of a WMU Excellence Award, the Colonel Charles Bayliss Scholarship, a WMU Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Award, member of Pi Mu Epsilon honorary mathematics society, pretty sure I graduated Phi Kappa Phi.
Band during this period:
Beowulf Scantron Test (white guitar, sometimes vocals)
Employment experience during this period:
Martini's Pizza – working the pizza ovens, pizza prep station, morning prep cook, dishwasher
Broadside Studios – staff engineer (first paid engineering job! Thanks Mike Roach!)
Key Club Recording Company – assisting with first stages of building a recording studio (unpaid, thanks Bill & Jessica!)
Private mathematics tutor
Student proofreader of Mathematical Proofs: A Transition to Advanced Mathematics by Chartrand, Polimeni, Zhang (unpaid, uncredited)
Grading assistant to Dr Niloufer Mackey (no idea if I was paid or received credit for this, but Dr Mackey was great. Thank you Dr Mackey!)
Cafeteria worker in Harvey Hall (I believe? It was the one in which I lived, though the name is lost to time.)
ISELER DAIRY INCORPORATED
I grew up on a dairy farm. I started receiving a paycheck and paying taxes in 1989 at age 10, but in reality I have been working since at least age 7. I loved growing up on a farm until around age 14-15. Then I hated it. I was an angry young man with a lot to prove. Thanks for your patience, Dad.