I started my professional career as an avionics technician with the United States Marine Corps repairing avionics systems in CH-46 and CH-53 helicopters. Directly following service, I worked at a few different manufacturing companies building industrial machinery ranging from portable cryogenic plants, to high-volume liquid-packaging machinery, to sewage grinders. The last twenty years of my career has been spent in the Operations side of start-up medical device companies which were developing devices and instrument systems for total hip replacements, spinal fusion / fixation, minimally invasive bone-end fracture fixation, electrical stimulation pain management, and mitral valve replacement. In my spare time, for the past fourteen years I’ve built both a love of aviation and a Van’s RV-9A which completed its first flight and Phase I testing earlier this year. It’s very exciting for me to use my hobby experience as a gateway to a new career with a great team.