Creative Life

I come from a family of talented artists, and inherited a powerful creative drive. As a result, I write poetry for children and adults and short stories filled with talking cats, horrible monsters, paranormal bloggers, and unlikely bands of heroes. Additionally, I fold origami, do calligraphy, and occasionally draw, paint, and take photographs. Here on the blog, you'll find my reviews of fountain pens, paper, and ink.

I love to cook, eat, and drink so you'll find a few recipes scattered throughout the site as well. If I had the time, I'd write reviews of single malt scotch, craft beer, hot sauces, and loose-leaf tea.

I currently live in Cleveland, OH with my lovely wife, two rambunctious toddlers, and a cat that loves pizza.

Professional Life

I am a transformative leader with nearly two decades of experience driving positive change through strategic planning, organizational design, process engineering, and cultural alignment. I am currently CTO at Splash Financial, a financial education and student loan refinancing company that provides online lending options to help graduates consolidate and refinance their student loan debt. Previously, I led Technology at Wheedle, a marketing platform for restaurants, bars, and event organizers to promote their events; and IT Operations at Veritix, where I built a team that brought scalability and stability to its ticketing platform, enabling single-day sales records and the highest-revenue year in company history.

Prior to Veritix, as VP of Information Technology at Intellicorp, one of the nation’s leading providers of background screening services, I had responsibility for all IT functions, including the application development, testing, and support teams; business analyst and project management group; and build and configuration, infrastructure, and database teams.

Before my decade at Intellicorp, I held positions in software development and system engineering with TekSystems, a global IT staffing agency, CT Logistics, a freight bill processing and logistics company, New Media Communications, a website development firm, and Hiram College, a liberal arts college of approximately 1300 students.

I hold an MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University.

I write about leadership, mentoring, and intentional change.

A note about reviews

Unless otherwise noted, I have paid for any and all items that I have reviewed out of my own pocket. I will always disclose whether an item has been provided to me for review purposes. I may include links to retailers that I purchase products from, if I feel that the retailer has provided excellent service.

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