The Personal Side
I am am avid biker, runner and user experience professional. I have an 8 year old son, who is always right about everything and loves science and lego star wars. I live near Detroit in the wonderful state of Michigan. By day I work on user experience and user interface design and development, by night I run with a running group, take the kid on adventures, travel to new cities, and explore new trails on the bike(s).
I consider myself a fairly experienced mechanic and have replaced just about every part on a Jeep in my time. Motors, transmissions, axles, transfer cases, you name it, I’ve replaced it! Now I mostly tinker with bikes and motorcycles. I grew up riding and racing BMX bikes, upgraded to a motorcycle then finally into the auto phase, which lasted 20+ years(or maybe still is in progress). Hey if you are from Detroit, I guess it’s always in your blood.
Some cars I’ve owned included many, many Jeep TJs, XJs, YJs and CJ. Also I’ve owned a BMW 525i and an M3. Living and growing up in Michigan, I became a car guy and still love seeing the classics and get excited about the newest technology and innovation in the auto industry.
On The Professional Side
UI Evangelist with HTML, CSS and jQuery simplifcation running thru my dreams. Over 10 years designing software through extensive user research and design thinking. My goal is to transform everything boring and complex into fun and productive experiences. I also run long distances and have been known to leap tall buildings in a single bound.
What began as a one man shop of UX(myself being that one man) has fluourished into a large team of UX, UI and Visual Designers. It’s been a struggle but we have been making great strides towards infusing design thinking and UX to the forefront at Comerica.
A UI Designer with extensive experience in user centered front-end design and development; has proven ability to create usable and accessible websites, that meet standard accessibility compliance guidelines.
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Vice President UX/UI – Comerica Bank (April 2016 – Present)
Facilitated creation of a UX process, building out a UX team, and recruitment of UX architects, UI developers and visual designers.
Assistant Vice President UX/UI – Comerica Bank (Jan 2013 – April 2016)
Refactor of the Comerica B2B web portal to current standards/multi-browser support. UI design for Comerica mobile application. Conducted user interviews and shadowing for multiple projects.
UX Designer, Sr. UI Developer – The Rush, Inc LLC (Oct 2012 – Nov 2013)
Sports video startup with 10 employees located in wonderful Auburn Hills, Michigan. Designed and developed www.therush.com and accompanying iPhone/Android mobile app. Conducted all user testing, UX design and UI development in a fast paced, dynamically changing start up environment.
Sr. UI Designer – Entertaiment Publications (2009 – 2012)
Design and development of marketing e-mails that reached over 3 million users monthly (thru bi-weekly campaigns). Designed landing pages and conducted A/B testing. Converted multiple websites to WordPress and assisted in redesign of www.entertainment.com
UX Designer – Flagstar Bank (2002 – 2009)
As part of information technology, I designed and developed UI for Flagstar.com, internal B2B sites, and application front ends for Auto Loans, CD’s and IRA’s. Working closely with IT, business units and marketing teams, I successfully launched multiple projects.
Data Analyst/UI Developer – GM Truck (1998 – 2002)
Working on the GM Truck quailty team, launched industry 1st web based reports repository. Moving static reports to GM intranet not only saved GM thousands of dollars in paper, storage, and postage costs, but successfully launched my career as a UX/UI professional. Designed various proof-of-concepts, including the ‘connected-car’ with OnStar network.