I am a Portland, Oregon based engineering leader with a long standing obsession with learning and problem solving. I spend a lot of my time reading and researching, but I’m most happy when I’m able to work collaboratively with a team, applying our collective experience and problem solving strategies to address real challenges. I consider myself very technical, though I spend a lot less time immersed in coding and details of each and every stack we leverage than I used to as an individual contributor or even a first-level manager. I enjoy maintaining a broad view of the software development landscape and lean towards being a generalist, but I have spent the most time focused on backend, distributed, cloud-based systems with an emphasis on automation and DevOps.
I am currently a Senior Engineering Manager at HubSpot, where I manage the Marketplace and Academy Product Groups. It's still fairly early in my time there, but I can say that HubSpot's culture and overall organization health is better than I've seen anywhere else.
Through June of 2021, I was employed at Nike as a Senior Engineering Manager in the Marketing Technology org, leading a number of teams focused on building out the Nike Communications Platform. Prior to that, I was responsible for leading the development of the Nike Activity Platform. If you've used the Nike Run Club or Nike Training Club apps, the systems managing that data were built by the team I helped lead.
I was also the host of the Nike Tech Talks, a highly successful series of events showcasing world class subject matter experts from across the industry, an internal evangelist for and organizer of our open-source program, and an advocate for building strong and healthy engineering cultures.
At various times throughout my career I have been:
- a software engineer, architect, and leader (both tech lead and people manager)
- the founder and organizer of the PNWScala conference
- a conference speaker at OSCON (2010, 2015) & AWS re:invent 2016
- a user group founder & organizer, including DorkbotPDX, PDXScala, and various others
- a presenter at a variety of user groups, meetups, and corporate events
- technical book proofreader and reviewer
I have more books than I know what to do with and not enough time to read them all. Which is how it should be. I adore dogs, especially my own, and I love watching movies and binging on great TV shows with my wife.