About The Nerd

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By day, I’m a network engineer focused on wireless. I work from my home office in the middle of Kansas on the western side of the Flint Hills for the professional services division of a large Silicon Valley networking vendor. I have specialized at one point or another in the areas of enterprise wireless networking, cloud services, streaming media, and technology strategy for houses of worship, education, business, and agriculture.

In the past, I’ve been a professional geek for industry titans such as IBM, Sun, GE, MCI, and industry nobodies whose names have been long forgotten. I’ve also been a broadcast techie, done a stint in the US Air Force, as well as spending a summer being an infantryman disguised as a tourist attraction in Ottawa with the Canadian Grenadier Guards.

I am a Certified Wireless Network Expert, holding certificate #273. I am also an Ekahau Certified Survey Engineer (Design) (#35), An Aruba Certified Mobility Associate, Aruba Certified Switching Associate, and Aruba Certified Design Professional, as well as holding certifications in design and troubleshooting with the AirMagnet and IBWave Wi-Fi design platforms.

By night, I am Husband and Dad, with an unhealthy appreciation for board and card games and tinkering with electronics. 

As you may have guessed from that last bit, I was born and raised in Canada (it’s like a whole different country up there!), but have dual citizenship, and I came to the US in 1993 to join the Air Force and serve my other country.

For fun, I am a practitioner (with a major emphasis on practice, and have mostly retired from it for physical reasons) of WT-style (Olympic) Taekwondo, and earned my 1st Dan black belt. Much like my CWNE, it was a big hairy ambitious multi-year goal that culminates in only the beginning of the journey. 

I am also an unrepentant aviation geek and have a fascination with aircraft rivaled only by Sheldon Cooper’s fascination for trains (I think trains are pretty neat too!).

I also volunteer with Team Rubicon (where I am also the Region VII Technology Manager), IT Disaster Resource Center, and the United Methodist Church, where I chase disasters and punch them in the face.

I also like to take the occasional picture and post to Instagram.

One of the fun things about my work is I get to go to neat places. Here’s a list of the countries I have visited (with the year I first visited)

  • Canada (lived there 20 years)
  • USA (lived there more than 20 years)
  • Mexico (1989)
  • Haiti (2011)
  • Ecuador (2016)
  • Spain (2019)
  • Morocco (2019, transiting in territorial waters through the Strait of Gibraltar so only partially counts)
  • Gibraltar (Likewise)
  • France (Coming in 2020)