“What do you do?”
I loathe that question because one’s occupation should not define them, nor should that be the way we categorize people. But since we all do it, here’s my answer:
I’m a geek. I’m a maker. I’m an entrepreneur.
I’ve worked at Verizon since 2001 as a senior technical analyst. I started working in a production operations datacenter supporting enterprise infrastructure & hardware. In 2006, I began supporting a wholesale invoicing application that generates roughly $2 billion in annual revenue for Verizon. In 2011, I began working in a production control group supporting enterprise scheduling and automation software for open systems inside Verizon IT. I currently support many legacy wholesale billing applications for Verizon Enterprise including web applications I’ve made.
I’ve listed some of the businesses that I currently operate, did operate, or am a partner in below. I am entrepreneurial and find myself generating a lot of ideas for businesses. But ideas are worthless; execution is all that matters for a start-up. Some of my ideas are (or were) worthwhile businesses, most of them are not. I’m not afraid to fail.
ValueMyStock is a web tool for calculating the value of publicly-traded stocks. Knowing the true value, or what value investors call “intrinsic value”, of a stock is essential for a successful investing strategy. I handle all of the web technology for the company, which is a free service.
QuickSharp is a website design and development company I started in 2001. I primarily work with small businesses and organizations who need a web presence on a budget. I manage the business sales, accounts, and most of the web development work as well. If you need a website, check us out.
WildSuds was a small company in I started with a business partner in 2010. We made and sold USDA certified organic based soaps utilizing the best organic essential oils on the market.
Red Earth Leather was a small manufacturer of leather goods for distinguished tastes. We designed and manufactured durable and environmentally conscious leather bags, briefcases and electronics cases in the heart of Oklahoma. We closed the business in 2011.
Manus Investments is a rental property acquisition and management company operating in north Tulsa, and midtown. I have managed this company with two other business partners since 2004.
Oklahoma Black Belt Academy was a Seido Kai Karate school my brother Jeremy and I started. The school was open from September 2001 until 2006 near 55th & Mingo in Tulsa. Hobbies are not necessarily the best businesses.