I grew up north of Boston in a blue-collar, single parent home. I caddied at my local country club, attended Andover High School, and graduated early to join the United States Marine Corps at age 17. I signed a contract to become a rifleman in the Infantry so that I could get my hands dirty. I spent my prom in a fox-hole filled with water and my high-school graduation with my face in the dirt.
After bootcamp and Infantry School I attended UMass Amherst. While at school, I was one of the first 6 employees of the start-up CampusLIVE.com. We raised over $8.5 Million in venture funding and moved to Boston. I ended up deploying to Afghanistan with the Marines prior to an acquisition in 2013 by Connelly Partners.
In 2011, I deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, where I served with a small team of 22 Marines off-base in a Taliban friendly town. There I acted as a vehicle commander, mobile dismount, and combat lifesaver. After eight years of service I retired from the Marines as a Sergeant. I loved the Marine Corps and I am proud of the men I served alongside.
When I got back from the war, I cofounded a development shop called Clearview Digital with one of my engineering buddies. We ran it for one year and made a killing before selling it to ExtensionEngine, a larger dev firm in Cambridge, MA. We were savages.
Then, I worked for a few years as Director of UX & Product Design at SessionM, and built next generation consumer loyalty and engagement platforms. There I designed loyalty programs and tools for companies like Coca-Cola, Samsung, Starbucks, and Huggies.
In 2016, I took a role as a Senior Product Design Manager at Wayfair. I head up design on Wayfair's "Planning and Collaboration" Pod, responsible for Wayfair's Business, Visual Search Capabilities, Idea Boards, Space Visualizer, and Designer Services.