October 2, 2020

Decoding a Front End Developer

Let’s start by getting to know you a little better. Tell us about yourself.

I was born in Durham, NC, and moved to DFW when I was four years old, and I’ve been here ever since. I went to college at UNT and got my degree in advertising. I’m an Eagle Scout and have been big into the Boy Scouts for my entire life – I love being outdoors. The Boy Scouts are a bit of a tradition in our family; I have three uncles that are Eagle Scouts. I appreciate a good book, but with a young kid, I don’t have time for much reading right now.

What’s something you love to do?

I love being around a campfire. We just bought a house, and we have a fire pit in the backyard, and it’s my favorite thing to do at home.

What’s your favorite place?

All of Minnesota, I have a lot of family there. My parents were raised there, and I love it up there. The Summer months are great. I love camping and fishing up there. I’ll visit during the Winter on occasion, but I can only take – 20 degrees for about a week.

What do you love about the job?

I think what I love most is taking an idea and physically creating it for the web to be viewed anywhere. I like taking multiple unique perspectives and turning them into something tangible that people can see. 

If you could do anything besides what you are doing now, what would you do professionally?

I would be a brewer. My dad, brother and I have looked into it – there’s a lot of risk, but if I had to choose something else, that would be it. 

What is the last thing you binge-watched?

Right now, I’m on “The Boys,” I’m not done with it yet, though. I’m really liking the angle of “evil Superman.”

What’s your favorite book?

“Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell. He uses his perspective and personal stories to captivate the audience. After 10 pages, I was hooked.

If you could live in any sitcom, which would it be?

Probably “How I Met Your Mother.” I think Marshall and I would get along really well; we’d definitely relate to each other. 

Are you a listener or a talker?

I would say that I’m more of a listener, and definitely more introverted. I was far more introverted in high school, and I’ve had to break out of that as I’ve gotten older.

If you had to eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Mac n’ Cheese. Mac n’ Cheese is super pliable; you can customize it to be as rich as you’d like, and basically make it for all occasions.

What’s the scariest thing you’ve done for fun?

Probably when I went to Sea Base with the Boy Scouts. We were swimming right next to our sailboat, and we were right next to a lot of barracuda, which was unintentional, but still fun. 

Any words of advice?

Try not to make the same mistake twice. 

Why Schaefer?

I chose Schaefer because I felt like it had a great culture, good people and an environment where I could really grow and build something really exciting.