I was born and raised in, Toledo, Ohio. John Denver wrote a very appropriate song about Toledo that begins “Saturday night in Toledo, Ohio is like being nowhere at all/ All through the day how the hours rush by, you sit in the park and you watch the grass die.”
I moved out of Toledo one month after graduating high school, where I began computer animation and multimedia studies at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Having been raised on a steady diet of science fiction movies and video games as a child, my choice of a career in computer animation made perfect sense to me. I wanted to make the movie special effects I loved, spaceships, explosions and worlds that humans would never set foot on. I fell into architectural visualization out of college and spent the next 8 years making architects’ ideas, floorplans and elevations come to life.
I headed to Chicago in 2007 where I switched my career path to industrial design visualization. Chicago had plenty to offer in terms of art and music, nightlife and cuisine, and I was happy to have spent time there. Ultimately I had my fill and wanted something just a little more relaxed and friendly. This brought me to Cincinnati (having grass, trees and actual topography didn’t hurt the Queen City, either).
Having been a resident here since the fall of 2011, I am very thankful to be a part of the MeM family. I have never worked in such an open, friendly and personable environment, and can honestly say that I enjoy interacting with my coworkers on a daily basis. Everyone refers to their own company as “The [blank] Family”, and “The MeM Family” is no different- except that here, it’s true. When I’m not at my desk buying lamps that don’t work, I can be found playing video games, reading, collecting and scratching dusty hip hop funk and soul records, or watching Detroit football/basketball/hockey/baseball. Go Lions.