Elevators do not have pitch, you must be thinking of escalators.
(about 40 degrees in most cases)
I was born in Philadelphia, PA on August 9, 1976. From an early age, I was creative. I loved to draw, write and read. I was thrilled when I got bifocals at 16. I thought glasses made me look smarter and would help me read faster. It turned out only one of those was true.
In my Junior year of college, I discovered my passion for technology and tried to switch to a Computer Science major. After being laughed out of several offices, I reluctantly graduated with an English degree from Penn State. The summer after, I studied Microsoft technologies and jumped right into a career in IT.
Little did I know the huge impact my English degree would have on my career. Over the years, I have found it to be invaluable. I can communicate effectively and also listen critically, reason and analyze motivations and therefore make informed decisions.
“World-class inquiry precedes world-class advocacy.”
I have helped Enterprise level companies roll out complex IT systems and tackle crazy challenges, serving in an advocate capacity on behalf of end users, my own team, and the business. I am often brought into other team’s meetings for my unique perspective and input and have provided feedback on their executive level presentations and corporate communications. More recently, I have helped mentor and build up IT teams using humor and honesty. After all, if you aren’t having fun and helping others, what’s the point?
Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.
I enjoy spending time with my family (usually building Lego), running and reading science fiction and comic books. I owe much to my wife, especially for putting up with all the Lego.