I am a product design leader and team builder focusing on virtually anything with a screen. I'm currently the VP of Product Design at WillowTree in Charlottesville, VA.
If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the [people] to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.
I have spent the majority of my career, either designing digital products or helping to build and guide teams to make them. I have had the fortune of leading teams ranging in size from 1 to 75 in product agencies and in-house at product companies.
I started my career as a touring drummer but found myself spending all of my free time designing for the web. It didn't take long to realize a career change was in order. In the early 2000s, I began doing freelance graphic design and web design for advertising agencies in the Mid-Atlantic, ultimately joining a marketing product company full-time.
Over the years, I have had the privilege of working in all areas of digital products, partnering with clients across well-established Fortune 100 & 500 companies, a couple hundred universities, and a handful of technology start-ups.
For the past few years, I have been directing design work for digital products and helping clients build out their own internal design organizations through recruiting best practices, establishing design process, and helping them shape their own design principles.