I majored in accounting in college, but all the while had a strong interest in computers and networking and all that they were capable of. I was lucky enough to find a job out of school that allowed me to combine my accounting background and my interest in technology. In addition to doing tax returns, I began implementing the Platinum for Windows accounting package, picking up some report writing and SQL experience along the way. I soon discovered that the traditional public accounting world wasn't the path for me, however not until after passing the CPA exam. I soon found a position that didn't require the January through May headache of tax forms and green bar pads, so I took the leap.
In November of 2000 I began working a Dynamics GP consultant, where I specialized in installing and upgrading Dynamics GP and its growing list of add-on products. I gained experience adminstering SQL Server as the back-end to Dynamics GP, and obtained certifications for SQL 2005 and SQL 2008. Most of my small business customers did not have dedicated IT staff to maintain their IT infrastructure, so I learned a lot about managing a small business network. In October of 2011 I left my consulting position and I'm currently working as Technical Lead for a GP end user in the publishing industry, where I'm experiencing the other side of the business. I'm also "moonlighting" as an independent Microsoft GP Consultant in my off hours.
I live in the tiny town of Tippecanoe, IN with my wife Mandy, daughter Bailey, and son Owen. We love living in the country where things move a little slower, though it was tough to get broadband service out here. I had to put up a 100' tower in the backyard in order to get wireless service. However it's totally worth it, as there's not much I can't do for a customer remotely.