About Me

A little too much about me...

I'm an idea guy by habit. Most of them are pointless, but I enjoy indulging them anyway.

I'm a communicator by trade. Both my education and profession have done nothing but reaffirm my passion for communicating in any medium.

Most importantly, I'm a husband, son, sibling, and maybe even future father, before all else. Also, you might notice, I like talking (writing) about myself.

Early Life

I was born and raised in a happy, empty little farming county in rustic South-Central Kansas. It's the kind of place that the world seems to have outgrown, and I still love it. I really should get back more often, even though I've always been little help on the farm.

I didn't leave until college. I attended the University of Kansas, which I loved so much I'm still attending to this day. My basic college breakdown looks something like:

  • Bachelor of Art in Spanish - Language and Literature (2008-12)
  • Bachelor of Science in Journalism - Strategic Communication (2008-12)
  • Master of Science in Journalism - Digital Content Strategy (2016-17)
I'll finish up my master's degree this July, the pursuit of which inspired me to attempt a website.

Professional Life

To this point, the Payless ShoeSource corporate office is the only true career I've known since graduating college. I've had four different jobs with the company, each more enjoyable than the last.

I also had an interesting handful of adolescent and college jobs that are just kind of fun to mention:
  • Farm hand (on a couple different occasions)
  • Nursing home maintenance staff
  • Concrete pouring laborer
  • Steel pulley factory laborer
  • Grain elevator seasonal staff
  • Local weekly newspaper columnist
  • Resident Assistant
  • Security monitor
  • Media firm (radio stations) intern
  • Recreational softball umpire
  • Student journalist for an NSF grant-funded institution
    (my personal favorite of the list)
  • And probably more I'm forgetting.

Personal Life

I got married in 2012 to my wife, life partner, best friend, partner in crime, and fellow dog-owner. Fortunately, they're all the one, same, beautiful person (Heather).

She's just about to finish her apprenticeship as a funeral director. She's also a gifted seamstress and quilter; I plan to dedicate a page to her hobby soon. We live with our basset-lab mix, Charlie, in a cute little house in Topeka, Kan.

Heather's parents live in Wichita, Kan., as does her one younger sister. I have four siblings, somewhat spread around the state, who have produced a grand total of four adorable nephews to this point. My parents live near St. Leo, Kan., in the same house they've occupied for nearly 40 years.

Other Stuff For Which I Have No Designated Place

I like hobbies. To be more specific, my favorites are:
  • Video games
  • Collectible sports and trading card game cards
  • Harry Potter media in any format
  • Being bad at rec sports
  • Garage sales
  • Attending KU football games
Finally, here are a few more things for no particular reason:
  • Dogs over cats
  • Pizza purist (keep your nasty pineapple away)
  • Dr. Pepper (no substitutes) over booze
  • I like the name Henry, but my wife doesn't
  • College sports over pro
  • Dragon Quest is the  video game series
  • I love collecting media in compilations, anthologies and sets
  • Hugs and secret handshakes, please

That's me in a nutshell. If you made it this far, I owe you some type of achievement sticker.