At Synergy, I am an Operations and Maintenance Engineering Lead for one of our high-priority task orders from the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG). My responsibilities include, but are not limited to, interviewing and selecting new hires, delegating team assignments, managing the team’s schedule, and assisting other task orders.
In addition, I am the subject-matter expert and developer for the Coast Guard Maritime Information Exchange (CGMIX) Suite. The CGMIX includes the Maritime Information Exchange, Vessel Identification System, Common Assessment and Reporting Tool, and the Response Resource Inventory information systems.
“It’s never the wrong time to do the right thing.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
When I stop to consider all that has happened in the field of technology over the last fifty years, such as space programs, smartphones, the Internet, and personal computers (among many others things), I have to acknowledge the one core invention that made these other innovations possible: the microprocessor.
Though each creation that comes from this component looks different than the other and has many unique capabilities, the microprocessor is the standard common denominator, and in my eyes one of the most important innovations I’ve witnessed in my lifetime.
I’d rather not take the opportunity to be someone else if it meant I would be apart from my family! To solve this conundrum, I would have to say that I’d choose to be my wife for a day. Her impact on my life has been profound, and I would never turn down the opportunity to get to know her better.
My book would be called “It’s Never Too Late.”
After finishing college, I began my career by going into finance. While the job was lucrative, I felt very unfulfilled in that line of work. Changing my career at age thirty-five to join the Business and Technology field was not an easy choice, and it took great effort, yet I still look back on it as one of the best decisions I have ever made. It’s never too late to change, to learn, or to start again.
It’s not easy to pick just one! If I had to pick a favorite out of my top three (golfing, fishing, and baseball), it would be baseball. Just like my father, I loved playing it growing up, and I now get to enjoy watching my son play. He is even more enthusiastic than I was and plays Little League and travel ball for his high school.
One of my fondest baseball memories was when I took my son to his first MLB (Major League Baseball) game at Nationals Park along with my father. Three generations sat side by side watching the game we all love. My son was so excited about attending the game that he forgot to wear matching shoes.
I have always been a fan of Clint Eastwood movies, and one of my favorites is The Outlaw Josey Wales. While Josey is having a drink at a ghost town bar, a man walks in and asks if anyone knows the whereabouts of Josey Wales. “That’d be me,” Josey responds, and the man tells Josey that he has a bounty on his head. Josey asks if he is a bounty hunter, and the visitor replies that a man has to do something for a living these days. Josey replies, “Dyin’ ain’t much of a living, boy.”