Co-owner - June 2014 to present
Piestar, Inc. - Manhattan, KS

I am the CEO of Piestar, Inc., which offers a project impact tracking Software-as-a-Service product used in several continents by multimillion-dollar research projects.
My roles are diverse, but my primary focus is leading our team and especially our technical direction.
I built the first version of Piestar's software using the fantastic Laravel PHP framework, using git for version control and Ubuntu Linux servers. We strive for excellent unit-test coverage, and SOLID object-oriented design, with data-integrity, backups and security concerns front-and-center.

Web/Database Developer - May 2013 to November 2014
Office of Educational Innovation and Evaluation, Kansas State University Manhattan, KS

My main job was to rebuild one of their PHP applications using Laravel and MySQL, in such a way that it could be reused for multiple clients, but fully customizable. The final creation was the basis for Piestar, the company I co-founded with Aaron Schroeder.
  • Develop sophisticated web applications for a variety of projects.
  • Work with a multi-disciplinary team to understand and meet client needs.
  • Created "Pie" project evaluation software, which helped evaluate millions
    of dollars of project funding across multiple states and internationally.
    This software was later licensed to Piestar, Inc to form a spinoff company.

Computer Systems Analyst / Web Developer - October 2001 to May 2013
College of Engineering Computing Services, Kansas State University Manhattan, KS

Right after graduation, I began working for my alma mater in the College of Engineering.
My roles over the years were diverse:
  • Sole developer of custom asset management web software (PHP/PostgreSQL)
  • Technical support of 700+ computers for faculty/staff/students
  • Used Drupal to reimplement the College of Engineering website and ~60 other sites.
  • Multimedia projects, such as designing an implementing a $70,000 video production system.
  • Managed and organized support staff, including students and a full time employee.
  • Made purchasing recommendations and decisions for multiple departments.
  • Performed system administration duties for Windows and Debian Linux servers.

Information Technology Manager - March 2001 to 2014
Claar Enterprises, Inc. - Manhattan, KS (independent contractor)

  • Designed, implemented, and maintained a commercial web presence using PHP.
  • Custom web development, doing business as Interactive Web Services.
  • Administrated Linux servers including httpd, mail, DNS and DHCP.

Student UNIX Administrator - March 1999 to May 2001
Computing and Network Services, Kansas State University - Manhattan, KS

  • Helped maintain production machines running Solaris 2.x.
  • Automated user and administrative tasks using Perl, C and shell scripts.


B.S. in Computer Science, minor in Music. - May 2001
Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

Technical Skills

  • Languages: PHP, SQL, HTML, JavaScript, CSS, Bash, Batch
  • Platforms/libraries: Laravel, Drupal, WordPress, jQuery, Bootstrap
  • Databases: PostgreSQL (including PL/pgSQL), MySQL, SQLite, Redis
  • Operating Systems: Windows, Linux


  • Chair of IT Sub-committee 2011 to current
    Grace Baptist Church Manhattan, KS
  • Awana Worship Director 1999 to 2015
    Grace Baptist Church Manhattan, KS