I have over 15 years of experience in the professional IT space, and about 10 years in the DevOps field specifically. I have worked at all ranges of companies from very small startups to very large companies. I have learned over the years that I prefer startups and the exciting culture they usually bring. I have also worked for both Minnesota-based companies and companies based in other states and I always find myself gravitating back to Minnesota based companies.
I got into computers in middle/high school while learning to build my own computers for gaming. My friends and I also started a LAN party gaming group in high school called P.O.N.G (People's Organized Network Gaming). I gained my first networking experience while administrating these events a few times a month.
After high school I decided to go to college for computers since it was my passion. I first started work in a customer support role supporting network security appliances. It involved a lot of network capture analysis and log scraping. Shortly after that role I started my first sustaining development/DevOps role and that is really where I found my passion and calling. It is what I have been doing ever since.