I always thought something was wrong with me.
I never had one thing. I wanted to try everything. I learned new things very fast, focused on them for awhile, and then moved on to something else.
Growing up in southern Colorado, I did well in school, played sports, and was involved in extracurricular activities.
I went to college at Texas A&M University and was a liberal arts major. I enjoyed all the classes I took for my major.
More importantly, I was involved in many leadership organizations on campus, which helped me understand how to plan and organize large groups of people.
At the end of college, instead of pursuing a career in my related major, I went to work for Accenture (at the time is was Andersen Consulting).
I learned about writing code and building software systems. SAP was hot at the time, so I learned how it worked and became a consultant helping energy and pharmaceutical clients in Houston and Chicago.
I realized I could learn anything quickly and give answers to client questions. I could become an expert.
Then, I decided I needed a new adventure. I got a job on a cruise ship.
My job entailed playing pool games, calling bingo, and hosting karaoke. While it sounds like a youthful diversion, two important things happened: I learned how to speak well in front of people, and I met my wife, Sarah, who also worked on the ship.
I returned to Accenture in New York City and started consulting on SAP projects again. Again, I assumed the role of the expert and became much better at business process design and full life cycle software implementations.
Because my wife and I wanted to start a family, we moved to Denver, and I got a job in financial sales with Edward Jones.
I had been interested in personal finance and was eager to learn about different securities. I passed my Series 7 exam and started looking for clients.
I quickly learned that sales was not an interest of mine. However, I learned that in order to determine what we are good at, we must also determine what we are not good at. I moved on.
I landed a job at Apartment Investment and Management Company, also known as Aimco.
I started on the operations team working on business process improvement projects.
Through this experience I learned about Six Sigma and Lean practices. I was exposed to the power of data analysis and, as my skills improved, I moved into Human Resources to apply what I had learned to recruiting and talent processes.
From there, I took on roles leading the HRIS and performance management teams. My role eventually expanded to cover compensation and benefits.
In each role, I learned more and continued to apply data analysis, business process improvement, Lean, and organizing and developing teams.
In my free time, my family was growing. We had two children - Dylan and Gabrielle.
Outside of the family, I acquired two rental properties I managed myself. Working for an apartment operator exposed me to the industry, and I took what I learned at work and made a personal investment.
A few years later, working with my brother-in-law, we started a food truck business called Uncle Fred's Franks. These side businesses were never meant to replace a full time job, but were investments and projects that helped me learn more.
In the spaces of time around work and these side projects, I became interested in personal fitness, hiking 14ers, writing, and data science. All of these interests fulfilled me personally, and gave me new skills and perspectives to apply in my work.
After Aimco, I moved on to DaVita where I was in charge of benefits strategy and then compensation.
Because of my interest in fitness, leading the wellness program was something that resonated with me.
Also, the benefits function is full of data about claims and costs, which appealed to the data nerd in me.
In addition to my work at DaVita, I explored the world of data science on my own and learned about the Python programming language and R statistical programming. I realized very few people understood these tools existed, let alone used them in the Human Resources function.
And all of this has brought me to where I am now: To the realization that nothing is wrong with me.
I am a learner.
I am curious about the world.
I am always combining ideas and coming up with new ones.
I want to try a lot of different things and find out what works.
I'd love to hear your ideas.
I'd love to share my ideas with you.
Let's see what we can create together.