and what I do...
After 8 years in the HVAC industry consulting with design engineers, contractors, and building owners, a deep inward turn led me to Bible school and into 10 years of collegiate ministry. I feel this has produced in me a unique blend of technical prowess and ability to work with very diverse groups of people from varying backgrounds both technical and cultural.
My whole life has centered around teams, tech, growth, competition, and the mastering of craft. I grew up in youth team sports and dove into cars and auto mechanics as a teen. This lead me to a degree in engineering at Georgia Tech followed by 8 years in the commercial construction industry. I would say passion, curiosity, and drive have been the theme throughout. Over and over I’m gripped with curiosity, intrigue, and desire to understand and master new things like those classic cars, then dog training and craft brewing in college, and later specialty coffee roasting. As a dad, I stay busy with home renovation, lawn care, fishing, etc. Professionally this involved construction, development, people, and cause. This has eventually led to code and software.
I have always seen things through a lens of what they could be. I am inspired by that kind of vision and motivated to build tirelessly to see it realized. I have an eye for systemic design, optimization, and a desire to see things work as they should. My way has always been to look for ways to utilize technology to solve problems and improve.
I have been roasting & serving my own specialty coffee since 2012. My favorite origins are Central and South American, especially Brazil. I built my first roaster by hand, and use a Behmor now.
I enjoy sport fishing of all types. I have saltwater fished for mackerel and salmon but my favorite pasttime is freshwater bass fishing. I have caught over a dozen species of fish in my lifetime.
I have read a dozen books on dog training and nearly entered into the profession. Instead I consult occassionally. My favorite breed is a Boston Terrier.
As a hobby, I study turf management, focusing on lawn control, and weed management.
Studied for years, very conversational, having served in a translational role in various group context locally and abroad.
Involved in Christian ministry for 10 years, I have been around the world and served at length in collegiate ministry.
"There are two types of people who graduate from software bootcamps. The first kind are those who feel like they have been given something, that they have acquired something. They immediately begin to search for jobs and roles that fit their newly acquired skillset. The second kind are those who realize that what they have been given is a set of keys to continually unlock new tools, languages, and approaches to building things. They don’t feel like they have arrived; they feel that they are just beginning. The main thing they feel they have been given is the courage to figure things out. They know there is no such thing as magic, when you need to understand or master something, you just patiently grind through docs, stackoverflow, your community, and every other resource the internet has. The second kind has a very observable growth curve and is worth far more than the first kind. Robert is the second kind."
Philip CTO at Lenscomms, Inc
Robert worked for The Church in Athens, Inc. for the past 7 years. During that time, he has been a self-starter and a productive contributor to team efforts. In addition to having a high degree of integrity and a friendly personality, he is one of those rare individuals who can both follow instructions and take initiative, as appropriate. He is strong in time management and his competence extends beyond the skills for which he was originally hired.
Robert managed five individuals on a campus outreach team at the University of Georgia. Daily he would lead a strategic discussion with his team to evaluative and focus their labor. Robert also joined team efforts to carry out multiple, weekly campus related gatherings with up to 30 UGA students in each. The ease with which he collaborates with others helped these gatherings run smoothly and efficiently. Robert also helped spearhead three regional conferences held annually. These were very large conferences with up to 200 participants in each. His meticulous attention to detail left nothing to chance and ensured that every need of the conference was met in full. In addition, all the students Robert mentored over the years were much appreciative of the genuine concern and shepherding care they received from him."
Brad Elder of Church in Athens
"Robert is always looking to learn something new or develop a new skill. As a software developer, curiosity and scrappiness are two highly desired traits, and Robert has both in spades. At Flatiron School, I had the pleasure of working with Robert on building a nurse dispatching web application from the ground up. Working together was truly a pleasure, as we were able to tackle many difficult problems including Mapbox API configuration and difficult frontend data flow. If you’re looking for someone with intelligence, perseverance, and high work ethic, Robert would make a great addition to your team."
Brandon Full Stack Software Developer
I had the pleasure of working with Robert for four years while interning at Christian Students at UGA during my time in college. He’s a great leader and I would consider him my mentor in many aspects of my life.
He’s a big-picture thinker, helping me see beyond the day to day. But he also knows how to get into the details of his work in order to solve a problem. Overall, he would be a great asset to any organization, and I would gladly work with him again in the future."
Zach MAcc Student at the University of Georgia
I worked with Robert for over four years as an intern for Christian Students at UGA. I’m very grateful to have had him as a mentor and a leader on the team.
He knows how to push people in a positive way. In many ways and through much practical coaching, he helped me step out of my comfort zone and grow. He is honest, frank and very understanding, qualities I find made it easy and a great pleasure to work with him."
Fabrice Mechanical Engineering Graduate EIT
Church in Athens/Atlanta (2009-present)
Full-Time Training (Bible school 2007-2009)
The Trane Company (2002-2007)
I am a curious person and a very hard worker. I enjoy project work, especially the work of building. On the one hand, I love to work with my hands be it with cars or home renovation… on the other I am very interested in concepts and systems. I like to focus and deep dive on topics or projects, especially when inspired or motivated by the vision behind them.
Many aspects of my work in Christian ministry have been related to vision and things I have seen and became passionate about. In the same way, the prospect of building a business did as a techincal sales engineer and account manager with the Trane Company (HVAC industry).
I am a Christian. I was raised in a Christian family and believed in Jesus Christ as a child. I wandered from the faith through much of adolescence and college years but experienced a deep and profound spiritual turn in my late twenties. While this is not a typical thing to include as a part of a professional portfolio, it is too much a part of my life and history to exclude.
I spent a decade, perhaps the most promising years of a professional’s career, serving in collegiate and church ministry work… a privilege for which I am eternally grateful. I remain strongly committed to the vision I have seen related to that and consider it a life priority. I serve in the church as a working professional now like many others.
I believe God loves all of humanity without limit and that he also desires to see all men saved and to come to the full knowledge of the truth, especially concerning Himself. That said, some may be concerned as to how such people will be as members of a team or in a diverse workplace. Those who have worked with me will testify, I never press anyone related to this or attempt to advance some sort of agenda related to this. As much as I am able, my hope is to represent the God I mention above and live an honorable life as a testimony among men.
I am a happy husband and father of 3 children. I have two boys with a lovely girl sandwiched in between them. My wife works as a nurse practitioner and most importantly as a wonderful mother. I was born and raised in Georgia, a brother of 3, a cousin and relative to many. My family lives all over the US but my immediate family lives in the Atlanta area and around the southeast.
I enjoy cutting grass and being outside with the children, getaways with my wife, and quiet evenings whenever they come my way.