who am I?
I ask questions, especially why. I’m an engineer who loves ideas, tools, & creative problem solving. I’m a technology geek – especially for everything Internet. I can explain difficult subjects with simple words and insightful demonstrations. I can tell stories, make anything, and convince people to take action. I have integrity and lead by example. Most of all, I care.
Walk into Bank of America and you’ll see Cisco IP telephones. Lots of them. Want to know how they got there?
Let me tell you my best sales story.
The first time I saw voice and video work over a data network was at our Cisco sales lab in Raleigh. My boss Matt Mullady was standing beside me, watching a demo, shaking his head. “This is amazing.” he said. ”This is going to change everything.” …
Discovering who you are can be really tough.
For me it happened when I was unemployed and had to (re)write my resume.
Bob was a good friend of mine and the VP of HR for a big six accounting firm. I thought he could give me some tips on how to make my resume better. He took it, looked at it, then handed it back to me. He said “Who is this?” …
“Engineering is the art of making what you want from things you can get.” – Jerry Avins
Shortly after I graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State, I told my friend Jim Mackey “Cindy and I are going to build a geodesic dome home.” “Figures,” he said, “you living in a regular house would be like like an architect living in a mobile home.” …
“It’s hard to believe Jeff did that.”
“Did what?” I replied.
It was 1975 and I had just started at Iowa State. Reb’s mom and I were were standing by the fence, watching Saydel play their first home football game of the season.
“You didn’t know … Jeff committed suicide.”
Reb, Jeff, and I had graduated …