I’m a Jesus Follower, Husband, Father, Geek, Entrepreneur, Photographer and Golfer. I have a gorgeous wife and three beautiful kids. I own an Web Development and IT consulting company that has grown over the years. I like to work out with P90X, play around with all things technology, listen to audible books / podcasts in my car, and hang out with friends.
I enjoy helping people out online. I post things on my blog that have helped me so that maybe others can benefit from where I have struggled.
My Story: Beginnings
If I had to pick something that got me to love technology and computers it would have to be a tie between my Dad’s first computer a Centris 610 or my atari. Both caused me to explore and hack on hardware and software. I built my own MacOS BBS, my church’s website and played multiplayer warcraft all while in high school. All while falling asleep to Objective C and Java books.
Getting into technology
I had my first technology job as a junior in high school doing IT work for a local retail company. I created their website and kept their windows PCs and netware server running. Before college I became a web developer and designer for a local web company for 2 years. I introduced myself and them to IIS version of programming in htx/idc files before moving to ASP. I then spent 4 years working as a unix/linux system administrator for the State of MD all the while honing my skills in php/mysql. Keeping up with the latest technologies was a big component of the job by my boss (Thanks Randy!) so I was always reading and learning.
An Entrepreneur is Born
My father in-law gave me a book called Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki which changed how I looked an being an employee and I knew I needed to change the path where I was at. I wasn’t ready to start my own business, yet, but I was given an opportunity to work with a small local IT business again and I jumped at the chance for change. I learned from this experience in so many ways but overall I learned that if my boss could do it I could! He let me go on April 1st 2004 (April Fools? Not!) because he was moving on. I had to make a decision to continue my path of employment or start my own business. A dozen resumes and applications were all sent with zero response. That was my sign to start my own business. So on April 22, 2004 I started Omni Technology Professionals, Inc. and thus my quest began.
9 Years of Running A Business
Looking back over the past 9 years of running a business I have had quite the ride. Failing many times in the process I have learned so many things. I hope to continue to learn about entrepreneurship and working on my business instead of in my business. Moving forward I will be bringing this experience to others who I meet and to the readers of this blog. I want to have open and honest conversations with other business owners and entrepreneurs as well as bringing some technical experience to the table. Please feel free to contact me with the form below. I try to answer all my emails and questions I get. You can also sign up to my newsletter and replies to any of the emails will come straight to me. Thank you and I hope you enjoy my posts and thoughts.
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