15 Years Startup And Product Experience

Relevant Skills

Project Management
Large Scale Systems Architecture
Risk Management / Statistical Analysis
Customer Relations / Presentations
Startup Sales / Marketing
Travel Domestic / Abroad
Blogging / Social Media / SEO
Software / Hardware Development

Personal Skills

Resourceful and organized
Results driven and outgoing
Works well with teams
Calm and efficient under pressure
Good at presentations
Excellent problem solver
Self motivated, quick learner
Understanding of business and engineering

Professional Skills / Software

Presentations / MS Office
Graphics / Adobe Suite
Project Management / MS Project
Version Control / SVN / ClearCase
Meetings / WebEx / Skype
SEO / Social Media / UX / UI

Languages / Platforms

C / C++ / MFC
Python / Django / Ruby / Rails
PHP / WordPress / Java / Eclipse
MySQL / S3 / AWS / Map Reduce
Dos / Windows / Unix / Mac


Arizona State University
Graduated May 2002
Bachelors Of Science / Engineering
Computer Systems (CSE)

Board Member / Marketing Manager - Funds For Kids 501-C3

July 1, 2013 - Oct. 15, 2015

The organization was an Arizona School Tuition Organization, tasked with collecting tax contributions and awarding them to students at local schools. As a board member I worked with the software vendor to gather requirements and provide the right solution to the non-profit and its users. As the treasurer my responsibility was to track all operations and scholarship balances and put in place software to reduce fraud risk.

Worked with a team to solicit over $1M in charitable contributions.
Gathered and translated user requirements for software vendors.
Personally presented the program to school administrators in Arizona.
Reduced industry standard scholarship award times from months to days.
Funds For Kids merged with another non-profit in 2015.

Founder / CTO - Level Up, LLC

July 1, 2013 - Dec. 20, 2015

I was asked by the company co-founder to join as CTO and bring to market a tuition solution for private schools. My responsibility was to create a platform that collects tax contributions, verifies student eligibility, and awards scholarships based on strict state guidelines. The biggest challenge was creating a seamless UI / UX for school administrators, parents, and tax payers in one platform.

Directly responsible for gathering requirements and creating the platform.
Served over 300 schools, 7K tax payers, and $1M in tax contributions.
Devised scholarship risk and award algorithms to automate payments.
Ensured adherence to Arizona State Tuition Organization regulations.
Reduced IRS reporting man hours for our clients from weeks to minutes.

Founder / CEO - AwareLabs, LLC

Aug. 1, 2012 - Current

This was an opportunity for me to take on a problem I am truly passionate about, empowering ideas. As the product lead and business development lead I've has the opportunity to bring a concept to market and evolve it with actual customer feedback. AwareLabs has allowed me to tap into every aspect of the small business problem space.

Created an online website builder with a built in marketing guide.
Developed and integrated over 32 unique applications into the platform.
Led product design, UI/UX, testing, and development efforts.
Set up partnerships with agencies, consultants, and service providers.
Directly responsible for initial company marketing and user growth.

Founder / CEO - TabHere, LLC

Feb. 1, 2012 - Current

TabHere is a local solution to the issue of loyalty at coffee shops. Working under tight deadlines within the payment transaction space allowed me to explore risk mitigation and customer experience together. Unlike most loyalty solutions, TabHere does not require an app downloads or physical gift cards, it is truly virtual.

Coordinated design, sales and development to attain MVP.
Generated over $100,000 in gift card sales for local businesses.
Responsible for forming strategic partnerships and sales channels.
System averages over $1K in gift card sales per location per month.

Founder / CTO - Arkayne Inc

March 1, 2008 - July 7, 2011

Arkayne was a related links plugin that recommended content not just within publications but across publications. I was responsible for the initial algorithms that resulted in CTR engagement averaging 12%, peaking as high as 33% in sports for example. I was able to raise funds, build a team, manage a group of engineers, and attain positive revenue as CTO.

Created the proof of concept and landed first customers.
Raised $1.2M and a team of 7 people to bring concept to market.
Managed team of 5 employees in high pace environment.
Drove effort to bring the company 150K users in just 3 months.
Worked with investors to set up strategic partnerships.

Staff Engineer - Ebay, Inc

Feb. 17, 2006 - Feb. 17, 2008

Wanting to work for a Fortune 500 Silicon Valley based company at least once, I accepted the position at PayPal to experience new culture and innovation. As one of the first five engineers in the Phoenix office I helped build more in depth relations with the San Jose office. My engineering responsibilities included Ebay integration as well as building the software for completely new shipping integrations with USPS, UPS, and FedEx.

Responsible for eBay.com / PayPal.com customer on-boarding.
Awarded “PayPalian of the Year” and “Meteorite” awards.
Presented “Tech Talks” on several developer productivity tools.
Worked remotely with eBay and PayPal team in US / China / India.
Consistently delivered ahead of project schedule with fewer bugs.
Taught new employee training courses.

Software Engineer II - Tucson Embedded Systems

Nov. 1, 2003 - Feb. 1, 2006

Hired for my systems experience I was immediately tasked with helping reduce the integration of communications hardware into military rotary wing platforms. I was able to create a proof of concept, and deliver live demos to both military and private contractor demonstrating software for which i would eventually be awarded a patent. We succeeded in reducing integration cost and schedule significantly for a all military helicopter classes as well as several dozen communication devices.

Technical lead on flight control systems for US Army helicopter fleet.
Prototyped middleware framework for communications hardware.
Presented at Rockwell Collins, Boeing, Sikorsky, and Army Offices.
Adhered to CMMI level II practices and DO-178B guidelines.
Patent holder and co-author of winning CEDA contract.