My journey started in North Chicago, Illinois. I come from a line of creative people. My grandfathers were tailors and carpenters and my mother an artist and musician. My destiny in design was a 'calling'.
My love of design started with cartoon characters, comic books and toys. My love of playing sports, combined with the rise of sneaker culture in the 70's and 80's created an interest in both footwear and apparel. In 1984, I was accepted into Michigan State University where I began my studies in Product Design. By 1989, I had joined the United States Marine Corps, serving with the 4th Marine Division infantry unit ('C' 1/24) and was prepared to graduate that spring, serving both my country and the design community.
Hasbro was my first stop on the journey. I sent them a video portfolio, which was unheard of for designers back then; this got me in the door. Working on G.I. Joe (and becoming an action figure named Bulletproof) was great. My next journey took me to Reebok, where after only 4 days on the job, I was called into Desert Shield/ Desert Storm, where I served as a Sergeant of Marines in a transport battalion that hauled everything from armament to supplies. It changed my life and coming home made me appreciate everything.
After a solid 7 years at Reebok, I got the 'dream job' at Nike, where working on basketball, cleats and price performance product made for relationships and experiences that I'll never forget. Retiring from Nike after 15 years and a 'quick' Under Armour chapter, I realized my creative contribution is to students, storytelling and a greater creative service to those who need it.
Today my journey continues with my wife Alena and my two sons Caleb and Elijah. My goal on this journey is to bless YHWH, use all my talents and be a good man.