My MeM career began in February 2007, the day before Valentine's Day. It was cold and snowy, and my first week I barely made it to the office because of the ice.
Beginning my job as a Product Specialist, I knew I was at a unique place. The atmosphere was encouraging and upbeat. The people were friendly and considerate. As I have gotten to know them, I established relationships with my coworkers, many that I now consider my closest friends.
Many factors have shaped me into who I am. I grew up on the east side of Cincinnati and graduated from a small private school (yes, my school was the size of most people’s senior class). As a child of a pastor and an elementary school teacher, I had a lot of constructive influences early on. And
even though my brother is six and a half years older than me and I’m sure he often didn’t want much to do with his kid brother, he also had a positive effect in my life.
Once I graduated from high school, boasting of my co-valedictorian achievement and yet still not having a clue, I decided that the Florida beach was the place to be. I enrolled at Pensacola Christian College as a freshman, which of course meant I had no idea what to expect. College life was fun,
and although I didn’t make it to the beach as often as I wanted, I did meet new friends and succeeded at broadening my point of view quite a bit.
When it was time for summer break, I came back home and began looking for a job. That is, until the day that by all rights I should have died in a horrible car accident. I pulled out in front of a car going 70 miles an hour and watched him smash straight into my driver’s side door. Somehow my life
was spared that day, and in spite of broken bones, injuries and a metal plate that is still in my leg, miraculously, I made a pretty respectable recovery. As you can imagine, my life became a bit more meaningful after that experience.
I was ready to go back to college after missing only one semester, and once I was there I began to struggle with my major, and along with it deeper subject of my life’s goals and purpose. I have always believed that God was directing my life, but then I began to really understand my mission. I decided
to pursue becoming a minister.
The summer after my junior year I spent a lot of time with friends and kept busy working. But just a few weeks before I planned to head back to school, I decided to make a huge change that ended up affecting practically every aspect of my life. After a friend of a friend introduced me to the small
bible college at his church, I determined that I would transfer there to finish my senior year. Even though my decision seemed impractical, I knew it was the right thing to do. While I was there, I walked in the door of a church just down the road. When I did, I met Jacqueline. She’s been married to
me since April of 2005. She is thoughtful and understanding, and she balances me out perfectly.
Jacqueline and I now have two extraordinary sons. Joel was born in March 2009 and his brother Kyran came 19 months later. I watch them grow and learn the more I am thankful for them. They always keep us laughing. Joel is our adventurous outdoorsman. He loves playing and giving hugs. From his car
seat out of the blue one day, he announced, “I’m a pirate! Arrrr!” Kyran is the most sweet-natured baby you could imagine, always smiling and laughing. At times he will wait to catch my eye, then he scrunches up his little face in an adorable grin once he has my attention.
My work background has been unique. Before I came to MeM, you would have noticed that my resume listed a wide variety of roles under “Employment History.” During college, I worked at a call center and a print shop. Also during school, I had a job at a printing and advertising company where I sold
coupon books door-to-door. My diverse history has given me a viewpoint that I believe is highly useful in a place like MeM.
I have also gained invaluable experience serving as the youth pastor and associate pastor at my local church. Jacqueline and I helped start a church shortly after getting married. We helped plan the church and youth activities, as well as teaching children and teen classes. We have been grateful
for the opportunity to have an active role in the lives of others. These experiences have been extremely satisfying for me personally, and have been a part of realizing my life’s goal.
At MeM, I have been fortunate to be able to contribute in all different areas. My main responsibilities involve helping people, whether providing support to customers on the phone or assisting other team members with their questions. I always give my best effort to be sure that the customer is pleased
with their experience. I will do anything that is in my ability in order to not only meet their needs but make them feel they have gotten the best service possible. I’ve also been able to be instrumental in hiring and training new individuals within the Product Services team. I try to lead by being
an example, first as a hard worker, and also by forming relationships with those around me and encouraging them to perform the best they can. One of the other areas where my skills have been utilized has been with equipment. I am responsible to test and authorize all MeM-related equipment for our customers,
including computers, printers, scanners, DVD recorders and more. I enjoy using my experience to understand how a machine works and then explain it to someone else, whether with step-by-step instructions or simply walking them through how to use it.
So this is as far as my life has taken me. I like to think that throughout my life I have been a good, kind person with a practical side who has proven to be warm and deeply caring. I have become rich with lifelong friendships and wonderful memories. I try hard to live with a definite sense of purpose.
I feel as if I have always had a great deal to give and have been able to make strong connections in my life where my artistic and spiritual gifts have been appreciated. I try to be a faithful, practical and loving person who keeps doing my best each day to make use of the gifts I have been given.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (513) 864-0122.