In the late 1900’s I created works of art in the form of the sandwich at a mall food court in Georgia. In the meantime, my love for the classics, the Corvette, Camaro, and Mustang, drove me to become a Mechanical Engineer.
Before I even graduated college, I was offered a job working for a medical machine design firm. I worked there for several years, but music, another passion of mine, was calling. In 1997, I moved to Nashville and worked for an automotive design firm during the day, but at night, I played bass guitar while my brother played rhythm. We took turns singing lead and harmony which to me was part of what made us unique. From Tootsie’s to Legends and many other venues, we made our debut. During this time I also oversaw our marketing, which included designing artwork for CD’s, posters and websites. Discovering I had a talent for graphic design, I would soon realize this was my true passion.
In the early 2000’s, I got the chance to perform for the U.S. troops. I traveled to Egypt, England, Norway and a few other countries during my overseas adventure. Personally, this was the highlight of my music career.
Upon returning home, I took a job as a designer for a startup web design company. Six months later, the design manager left and I became the manager of 4 other designers. After a couple of years however, the company was sold and my team was dissolved. Luckily, the publisher at a local newspaper offered me a job as a graphic designer. He had seen my work and wanted me to join their team. I was excited at the opportunity and eager to learn all I could about the newspaper industry.
Soon after starting this new adventure, I met the love of his life, Heather. She worked at a local movie theater, but was a talented sketch artist as well. Heather was planning on going to school for Psychology, but I convinced her to pursue a career doing something she loved.
Over the next 5 years we learned graphic design together, she taught me what she learned at MTSU and I showed her what I discovered hands-on, working in the newspaper industry. We also picked up photography as a hobby and have performed many portrait and wedding sessions.
After Heather graduated, I continued to work in the newspaper industry, but also did freelance projects designing websites for many local businesses. In 2007 we decided to venture out and start our own design studio. Unfortunately in 2008 the economic recession soon put a stop to our dream.
I gladly returned to the corporate world, joining a new division of Gannett, tnMedia, an advertising agency housed inside of The Tennessean. The focus was on high-end clients, developing websites, digital advertising, as well as some print collateral. I excelled in this new environment and this opportunity allowed me to utilize more of my creativity.
Since 2014, my position within Gannett has been on the marketing team for the USA TODAY NETWORK. I am focusing on marketing the Tennessean and many other media companies along the East Coast and across the country and once again I have found another facet of what I love.