My primary full time job is as an armed security officer with Securcorp. We provide access control and patrol coverage for Prince William  County government buildings.

I am also a freelance certified application developer for Samsung. I design customized watch faces for the Samsung Gear Fit 2 smart watch. 

Currently I am a full time student at Northern Virginia Community College, one year into my associate in applied science degree in IT. It is my hope and goal to transition into an IT career upon completion.

When I qualified expert on the M16a2 battle rifle, I was serving in the US Army (1996). I can still handle a rifle well, keeping my skills up at the local range. I no longer shoot 223/556 with any regularity, having opted for an AK variant as my personal rifle (7.62x39).  My proficiency with a handgun is sufficient to achieve a perfect score when re-qualifying for my security licenses. I would consider my abilities decent, though not expert level with a handgun and attribute my record of perfect qualification scores to the ease of the test. If I were to remain in site security, and move up to better paying properties, I would want to obtain advanced weapons and defense training. 

My proficiency with computers has served me well over the years, and as I learn more in my degree program, I am more certain than ever that my true passion is in computers. I had been educated in technical diagnostics by the US Army for my specific job as a signal corp maintainer/operator. As I continue to get deeper into current IT concepts, I can see parallels is the military implementation of mobile communications networks and the typical LAN and WAN architectures of modern networks.  

When I worked as a store manager for NAPA Auto Parts, I had obtained an ASE certification in auto parts, requiring an extensive (and reasonably comprehensive) understanding of the various automotive systems. Obtaining ASE certification was a goal for my store staff as well as I knew that our customer base would be more confident and better served if we all had a solid mechanical understanding of automobiles. I feel this common sense approach to customer service is being ignored lately in retail. When your customers know more than your staff, your sales associates are no longer relevant contributors to the success of your business.  

I had set that high standard of subject matter expertise  for my staff  (and myself) when I served as a store manager at 
both Radioshack and NAPA Auto Parts. But I continued to stick to this concept as my employment shifted from managerial to personal/independent in nature. As a call center insurance agent for Geico I had ushed myself to become a subject matter expert in the field of homeowner's/renter's insurance. This was no easy task as the subject was not exactly one for which I had any personal interest or passion. But I still passed my required tests and became a certified agent in over 20 state, memorizing many rules and conditions specific to each state.

Actually, a major factor to my success as an insurance agent came down to developing various spread sheets, using hyperlinks and databases to make it easier to find specific information. I had even obtained approval from management to distribute these spreadsheets and databases after demonstrating how well they improved my performance. Management basically had no choice, as other associates were begging me for my various tools. Ultimately, however, that job was just not a good fit for me. The absence of passion for the product eventually resulted in decreased motivation and thus decreased performance. The combination of job-induced stress and the drudgery of having to do something as distasteful as insurance eventually resulted in my termination from that employment, the only job from which I had ever been involuntarily terminated.

Even in my Honorable Discharge from tbe US Army the final choice to leave was up to me. I guess in a way this termination from Geico was up to me as well since I let it happen. I knew I was on the way out with my performance near the end, as Geico was clear about their unrealistic (and nearly inhumane) metrics. I had also made the choice that I wasn't going to lie to my customers, making it impossible to achieve the metrics required as many of the procedures were in fact intrinsically dishonest. I had vowed to never be in a situation like that again, where I was selling a bad/flawed product, one for which I lacked any passion, for a company that required me to be dishonest, and only for the income (this was rather decent - the only good thing about working there). Upon termination I re-evaluated my life, paid for certifications and training out of my savings, and went into security as a new career.

This wide range of employment experience has given me a very unique and powerful skill set as well as a mature perspective on life. As a call center representative for Geico I was required to obtain 2 credits of law education every year. I learned to evaluate liability claims and risk factors. This skill became useful as a security patrol officer, aiding my ability to identify dangerous problems at properties I patrol, sometimes even saving my client's money in avoided law suits. Of course identifying small problems before they become big problems also saves my clients money.

As a manager of both Radioshack and NAPA Auto Parts I supervised and trained several employees, and learned to speak with authority and get major tasks completed on time. Both companies provided extensive management training. Having obtained ASE certification in Auto Parts, I am very knowledgable in the mechanical maintenance and trouble shooting of most vehicles (I also had obtained expertise in the US Army, having to maintain military vehicles). Working for Radioshack and Best Buy provided me with an in-depth understanding of electronics and device connectivity.

My hobbies include writing, painting, web development, computer engineering, music composition, and photography. I am also a proud father.