What are the five words that people would use to describe you?
Supportive, motivated, hungry, positive, witty.
When did you know you wanted to build software?
It wasn’t that long ago. I’ve always enjoyed working on data and software projects but never had a job where I could work on them full-time. A couple of years ago I had this epiphany where I realized I had to take more control over my career trajectory. So I started thinking about what it is that I like to do. In general I get excited by new technology, and we’re at a time when opportunities in tech are more accessible than ever. So at that time I got really serious about focusing my career in software development. I actually did think about coding, but with work and family responsibilities it seemed like too big a transition at this point in my life.
What is your favorite programming language and why?
Scratch, because I can do it with my kids.
What would people never guess about you?
I dunno. I love cooking, is that easy to guess? Its also hard to tell I’m English these days unless there’s a soccer (football!) game on.
What motivates you?
In general, creating the best life I can for my family, and finding opportunities for us to have memorable experiences together. At work, being a good teammate and somebody people can rely on.
What is your favorite FM project and why?
Forager, for a lot of reasons. It’s kind of a quintessential Maine project for a Maine software company. Using technology to ultimately make it easier for people to buy local food. Maine’s a great place to launch something like that because of people’s strong local pride and commitment to buying local. I love that there’s a social aspect to the project
Where do you look for inspiration?
Watching my kids learn new things, or just watching them play and seeing how they think. I also like to look out at the ocean, especially late in the day. That’s my happy place. And I like to play my guitar - although I can really only do that when there’s nobody around to hear it! Those things help me reset my brain.
For ideas, I always get inspired by nonprofit marketers. There are so many amazing stories from organizations doing good in the world, and many of them are really good at telling those stories.
What are you afraid of?
Being trapped underground.
What’s the last book you read?
Alpha, by Steven Konkoly. It’s a political/espionage thriller, which is my favorite genre. But it also takes place partly in the Portland area, which added some entertainment value.
What’s the most memorable place you’ve been?
The demilitarized zone between North and South Korea.
What are the top five songs you would put on your playlist?
Noel Gallagher (formerly of Oasis) - The Dying of The Light U2 - With or Without You Dawes - All Your Favorite Bands Embrace - The Good Will Out And any one of about 100 songs by REM
Where do you want to be in 10 years?
That’s terrifying because my oldest daughter will be graduating from High School.
Hopefully still in Maine, I really don’t want to go anywhere else. And I feel like with my current role I’m at the beginning of a new career path, so I’m excited to see where that leads. Building software, hopefully making the world better somehow.
Who has been the biggest influence in your life?
Probably my dad. Oddly enough, he also worked on software for most of his career. One of my first ever jobs was as an office assistant where he worked, although I wouldn’t say that had anything to do with how I ended up here. But what always struck me about him is that wherever he goes, he strives to look out for others, and his friendliness puts people at ease. I’ve always done my best to emulate that.
He also got me into one of the biggest things in my life outside my family - my love of Huddersfield Town FC.