A lightly edited version of the resume submitted to Governor Scott

Community Service

Member, Vice-Chair, Chair | August 2019-Present | Essex, VT

Economic Development Commission, Town of Essex

  • Advocated for businesses in Essex
  • Gave feedback to the Selectboard and Planning Commission on how policies affect Essex businesses
  • Collected contact info on Essex businesses, especially sole-proprietors, so we could distribute info for Covid-19 relief funds

Treasurer | July 2020-Present | Essex, VT

Rotary Club of Essex

  • Maintained books & budgets for service organization with a ~$70k / year budget

Member | May 2019-November 2019 | Essex, VT

Saxon Hill Advisory Board, Town of Essex

  • Collected community feedback on resident goals and use for newly acquired parkland
  • The park is regionally famous as a mountain bike destination, even though it's surrounded by an industrial park
  • Advocated to tweak zoning to allow restaurants and retail, so travelers could more easily stop and spend money in Essex

Founder | September 2020-April 2021 | Essex, VT

One Essex PAC

  • Created Political Action Committee to merge the Town of Essex with the Village of Essex Junction
  • Ran a positive, fact-based campaign with the slogan “One Essex, One Community”
  • Lost the March vote by 19 votes, and the April re-vote by 26

Candidate | March 2019-August 2020 | Essex, VT

Vermont State Representative, Chittenden 8-1

  • Ran for Democratic nomination to replace retiring Linda Myers (R-Essex)
  • Was top House fundraiser for July 2019 reporting period, as rookie candidate
  • Came in 3rd to Marybeth Redmond (D-Essex) and Tanya Vyhovsky (P/D-Essex) by 96 votes
  • Reps. Redmond & Vyhovsky won the general 3,200 / 2,200 / 1,800 / 1,800

Business Experience

Software Consultant | April 1997-January 2020 | Vermont | Chicago | Austin | Metro DC | Metro NYC


  • Performed software consulting for clients both large and small
  • Had folks working for me briefly, but, learned I was better at technology than sales
  • Often was hired for a six-month or year project. Most would be happy with my work, and then offer contract extensions to stay for another project. I'd stay if the next project was interesting
  • Small includes Reconda International (a software startup in NJ) and Bridge360 (a small consultancy in Austin)
  • Large includes IBM, Merrill Lynch, Bank of America, Lockheed Martin, and the Wayne Fueling Systems division of GE
  • Government projects included US Census, UK Census, and the NJ Division of Family Development
  • On some projects, performed as developer. In others, managed teams as large as 13
  • Skills include ability to listen to various stakeholders (such as development, testing, sales, marketing, support), and balance competing groups' needs for the best of the team

Real Estate Investor | October 2004-Present | Austin | DC | Chicago


  • As I moved from consulting project to consulting project, I would buy a house or condo
  • When I took the next project, I would find tenants to rent the house behind me

Other Accomplishments

  • 1988 Vermont State Cross-Country Champion
  • 1988 USA Triathlon Junior National Champion
  • 1989 Vermont State 3,000m Champion
  • Completed 8 Ironman triathlons, including Hawaii 2x
  • 1989 Vermont State Ice Hockey Champion: Starting Goaltender
  • Have completed a triathlon in 46 states. Would have finished all 50 in 2020 but for pandemic
  • Ran Track & Cross-Country at Division I Cornell
  • Raced semi-professionally 2004 – 2006, based jointly in Texas and Australia.
  • Qualified for a professional license with 16th overall at Ironman Wisconsin


The Ohio State University | Columbus, OH

College of Engineering

Bachelor of Science, Computer & Information Science

March 1997

Cornell University | Ithaca, NY

College of Arts & Sciences

Computer Science

August 1989 – 1992


Let’s leverage the decades of high-tech experience in this state, diversify our economic offerings and make Vermont the best place to live, learn and work!



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