Who am I?

I am a Director of Information Security for Lavender.ai. I am passionate about programming and learning all I can. Building awesome software is my primary focus, alongside InfoSec, Devops, and bringing pragmatism to all aspects of building software.

What technologies do I use?

Anything to get the job done. Often the client and my bosses do not care what technologies were used in the development of the product. As long as the end result is the same, a working product that the client loves. That being said, I use any tool at my disposal to decrease build time and increase the consistency of great results! Primarily I use Ruby and Rails, Elixir and Phoenix, Golang, and JavaScript and I have experience working with many other technologies. My education never ends, so I continue to add more technologies to my tool belt.

I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes from Larry Wall, and something that has always stuck with me throughout my career.

"We will encourage you to develop the three great virtues of a programmer: laziness, impatience, and hubris."

The three virtues:


The quality that makes you go to great effort to reduce overall energy expenditure. It makes you write labor-saving programs that other people will find useful, and document what you wrote so you don’t have to answer so many questions about it. Hence, the first great virtue of a programmer.


The anger you feel when the computer is being lazy. This makes you write programs that don’t just react to your needs, but actually anticipate them. Or at least pretend to. Hence, the second great virtue of a programmer.


Excessive pride, the sort of thing Zeus zaps you for. Also the quality that makes you write (and maintain) programs that other people won’t want to say bad things about. Hence, the third great virtue of a programmer.