How would you describe your role at GPI?
My primary objective is to ensure the architectural and aesthetic visions are supported with thoughtful, appropriate, responsible. and value driven lighting solutions. I serve as the liaison between the artistic and technical team members, melding quality lighting design with appropriate control strategies, and ensuring the design complies with regulatory requirements and sustainability goals.
School and degree/background of experience?
I studied at Virginia Tech and received an BA in Theatre Arts with emphasis in lighting design and technical direction. My career path has touched exhibit design, trade and industrial shows, entertainment rigging and electrical work, facility operations management, and over a decade consulting as an architectural lighting designer in the building design and construction industry. I am a classically trained pianist and spent a few years studying the cello as well.
Best advice I’ve ever acted on (and who gave it):
“Treat EVERYONE with respect, show them the same courtesy you would expect to receive, and never forfeit your integrity” – my Mom and Dad, and others since! Inspired by Jesus Christ.
When I’m not at the office, I:
Love spending quality time with my wife and friends, supporting missions and community events at my church, and absorbing as much as possible as I experience life. I am an aviation enthusiast, and look forward to ‘that day’ when I can start building my own experimental kit plane! As a foodie and a craft beer nut, I seek out local gastro-pubs and microbreweries whenever I travel. My wife and I are always working on some home project, and my honey-do list is not getting shorter!
If budget was no object, I would:
Design, build, and travel around the US in my hybrid electric airplane, participate in more international mission work, and increase support of smaller cultural and arts organizations in the Cleveland area. We have a soft spot for canines, so would heavily support a couple of our favorite rescue groups too! Since budget is no object, I’d improve my shop and spend more time woodworking. I’d learn TIG welding (to support my airplane habit of course!)
I’m currently (reading, watching, listening to):
on a crossword puzzle binge. I have as much fun researching the unknown clues as I do completing the puzzles! When I read, I enjoy historical novels, contemporary spy thrillers, and science fiction. When I am on the road, I typically tune in NPR for news and current events shows. Otherwise I am streaming EDM and synth tunes on Pandora!
The quote that inspires me most is:
“The difference between something good and something great is attention to detail” – Charles Swindoll
Where do you draw inspiration from:
Where don’t I? I am inspired by everyone I interact with, by my environment, by amazing natural phenomena and man-made wonders, by stepping out of my comfort zone, and of course by my faith.
A perfect day goes like this:
A cool breeze wafting fresh-brewed coffee, followed by any activity that brings joy to me and those I am with, lending a hand to someone who needs it, and the opportunity to share experiences with loved ones.
I would never/I love/I would rather/I crave/I dream about:
I would never participate in a lima bean eating contest.
I love the complexity of nature.
I would rather be flying than writing this bio.
I crave having time to finish all those honey-dos!
I dream about how much there is yet for me to learn and experience.