I have spent my entire life creating and exploring new concepts and ideas. From building rocket powered K’nex cars as a child, to co-founding SolePower, to developing new products within Stanley Black and Decker’s Breakthrough Innovations group. Innovation and curiosity have remained a driving force throughout my life.
I began my career gaining exposure to manufacturing, quality control, project estimating, and government contracting. While each of these experiences taught me critical lessons, being able to take new ideas and make them reality is my true passion. This lead me to purse SolePower. My time building SolePower, a company which created power generating insoles, taught me more than all of my previous experiences combined. It taught me the pitfalls in building hardware products, the challenges of consumer products, how to manage expectations and to always expect and plan for setbacks. It taught me the truth behind the old saying “life’s a rollercoaster”. From the highs of being named Forbes 30 under 30, to the lows of eventually walking away from the company. But most of all it taught me the importance of understanding your customer. Without addressing your customer’s needs a product or company will not succeed.
After SolePower I joined the Breakthrough Innovation group at Stanley Black and Decker. It was a lot of fun to work with some of the best in the company and take big swings at breakthrough products. This group set an aggressive pace embracing the fail fast and demo or die mentality. We created, tested and presented to management 4-6 prototypes each quarter and delivered well over $100M in value to the company. After 2 years in this group I was selected as the first member of a new innovation team within the Hand Tools and Storage business.
My wife and I moved to Denver where I am currently pursing freelancing opportunities.
Hours: 8am - 6pm Mountain Time Zone
Communication style: email, phone, video chat
Payment terms: Job dependent - if I am designing and building a product then a milestone based payment plan normally works best. One payment at conclusion of the design phase and one payment at prototype delivery.