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MY MISSION

My mission is to become the best designer I can be, and be an influential piece of the boarder design profession. Some day I hope to be remembered for my work, and will continue to work hard until that day.

MY BACKGROUND

My first love of design began with architecture at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri. But I slowly realized that architecture was not something I could do for the rest of my career. During my sophomore year I redirected my focus to graphic design. I knew instantly that I had found something I could enjoy for the rest of my life. However, architecture still remains one of my favorite forms of inspiration, and I strive to incorporate the elegance of cleanly organized space into my designs.

I began my design career in my home town of Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri with LO Profile magazine. I began as an intern during school, but was hired as a designer after graduation. I worked under the lead designer to design advertisements and sections of the magazine, and was given the lead design role of the 2010 Official Lake of the Ozarks Shootout Program.

In the fall of 2010 I moved to Kansas City, Missouri and landed a job at the National Auctioneers Association as their in-house graphic designer. I currently manage all aspects of their design needs, from their 68 page monthly membership publication, to their promotional materials and their branding of the annual International Auctioneers Conference and Show. Also, I am slowly broadening my focus into web design, and have been given design control of the Conference and Show website.

MY GOALS

My main goal is to always continue to learn new aspects of the design profession. Whether that be to tackle something completely new, or to just master skills I already have. I feel if you stop learning, that's when your career becomes stagnent, dull and unfulfilling. The day I stop learning will be the day I retire.

LIFE SO FAR | Click on a date to find out more


1988: BIRTH

I was born on June 2, 1988 in Jefferson City, Missouri. At the time my parents lived in Camdenton, Missouri, which is where I began my life.

1993: STARTING MY EDUCATION

My schooling began at Pinocchio's Preschool when I was about 4 years old. From there I started kindergarten at Camdenton Elementary. I would attend Camdenton for the next three years of my life.

1996: MOVING TO INDIANA

The summer after my second grade year at Camdenton Elementary my Dad was transfered to Indiana. Moving was one of the scariest things I've ever done. But, ultimately it helped me be more comfortable stepping out of my comfort zone. It was pretty easy to make friends in Indiana because I started at Avon Elementary about two months into the school year. I stood out like a soar thumb. This helped me make friends quick, and get comfortable with my new surroundings fast. I would stay in Avon, Indiana for the next three years of my life.

1999: MOVING BACK TO CAMDENTON

In the middle of my fifth grade year in Avon, Indiana my Dad received news that he was being transfered back to Camdenton, Missouri. This news was more well received by me because I already had a large group of friends from my kindergarten through second grade years at Camdenton Elementary. It was like a reunion when I started school in Camdenton again. I just picked up right where I left off in second grade. I would be in Camdenton for the next three years of my life.

2001: MOVING TO MASSACHUSETTS

The summer after my seventh grade year at Camdenton Middle School my Dad, again, received news that he was being transfered. This time to Mansfield, Massachusetts. This move was a lot harder for me than our move to Indiana because I had such a large group of friends in Camdenton, and leaving them for the second time was hard. I started my eighth grade year in Mansfield, and struggled to make friends becasue I had started school at the same time as all the other kids. So, I didn't stand out as the new kid like in Indianapolis. After a while I made a couple friends and started settling into like in the Northeast. I would be in Mansfield for two years.

2003: MOVING BACK TO CAMDENTON, AGAIN

The summer after my freshman year at Mansfield High School my Dad received news that he was being transfered for the fourth and final time. We were headed back to Camdenton, Missouri. This was the easiest move for me to make. I never really became fully comfortable in Massachusetts, and always wished we could move back to Camdenton. So, when my Dad called me one day during the summer after my freshman year of high school, and asked if I wanted to live in Massachusetts or Missouri I didn't hesitate. I wanted to graduate with all my friends in Camdenton. We sold our house in Massachusets and moved back to Camdenton in August of 2004.

2006: COMPETING IN THE MISSOURI HIGH SCHOOL GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP

I started playing golf when I was eight years old. My dad had received a membership at a golf course through his company when we lived in Avon, Indiana. From that point on I was hooked. Other than my confused teen years when skateboarding was what everyone did, I played golf religiously. Fortunately I was able to be good enough to play on the varsity team throughout High School, and ultimately qualify to compete in the 2006 Missouri State Championships. I was the only golfer from our school to qualify that year, and ended up finishing tied for 13th out of about 50 players.

2006: HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION

I graduated from Camdenton High School in May of 2006. I graduated as a member of the National Honor Society, and with summa cum laude honors.

2006: COLLEGE

After high school graduation I attended Drury University in Springfield, Missouri. I began studying architecture, and walked on the Drury Men's Golf Team. Architecture was a was very demanding major. So much so that I couldn't play golf and study architecture at the same time. I ended up quiting the golf team for the second semester of my freshman year. It was during those beautiful spring days, stuck inside the architecture school, that I realized architecture was not something I could do for the rest of my life. I wasn't happy. So, the summer between my freshman and sophmore years I re-evaluated my path, and in the end decided to switch my degree focus to graphic design, and join the golf team again. From my very first graphic design class I knew I had found something that I could enjoy doing the rest of my life.

2009: BEGAN JOB WITH LO PROFILE MAGAZINE

The summer after my junior year at Drury I began seeking interships, and was lucky enough to land one in my hometown of Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri. I would be working with a bimonthly magazine called LO Profile. While with Profile I dove into all aspects of the magazine publishing world. From designing articles, to designing advertsiements for clients, to helping distribute the magazine across Missouri, I was gaining real world experience while refining my design skills. It was the perfect internship. So perfect that they even hired me after I graduated from College.

2010: COLLEGE GRADUATION

I graduated from Drury University in May of 2010 with a Bacheolr's Degree in Design Arts, and a minor in Global Studies. After graduation I began my career at LO Profile Magazine at Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri. I would work here for the next five months.

2010: BEGAN JOB AT THE NATIONAL AUCTIONEERS ASSOCIATION

In October of 2010 I was offered the Designer position at the National Auctioeers Association (NAA) in Overland Park, Kansas. I quickly moved to Kansas City, Missouri and started working. I would be responsible for creating the NAA's promotional materials, and monthly 68-page membership magazine.

TODAY: DESIGNER AT THE NATIONAL AUCTIONEERS ASSOCIATION

As of today I am the Designer at the National Auctioneers Association, and am responsible for all their promotional materials, their monthly 68-page membership magazine, and the design and maintence of thier annual conference website. I am a newly wed as of September 14th, and am very excited to see what my future holds both in marriage and my career.