Class year: 1976
Major: Chemistry / Math
Company/organization: Self Employed
Job title: President
I would love to connect with students. In addition or instead of attending the Schmooze, I am available for one:one meetings during the weekend. Drop me an email and we'll arrange a time to meet. I arrive on Friday.
How did you get where you are? (e.g., education, brief work history, mentors)
I graduated from Reed in Chemistry and Math in 1976. I then attended Graduate School at the University of Iowa Medical School in the Biochemistry Department. My research published two papers on the proteins used for DNA sequencing.
I grew up in a Wrecking Yard in Oregon, dismantling and fixing cars and trucks prior to attending Reed. I have a vehcile collection.
Early on I became interested in the large database problems created by trying to catalog all DNA. I then applied solutions to this problem to create a vehicle parts catalog for recycling and repair lookup. This then developed into a unique platform of database software and technology for very large catalogs.
I currently own several web based companies that make large databases used for recycling vehicles. Recycling vehicles is the largest and most valuable single integrated material recycling operation on the planet.
What lessons have you learned along the way that you'd like to pass on to current Reed students?
Life is short and fragile.
Because it is so very short, focus first on what will make a difference for others, and not yourself. I have been willing to live a small part of my life like many people won't so I can spend most of my life in ways that many people can't.
Pay attention to what people do and not what they say. Their actions will tell you everything you need to know.
My greatest joys comes from my family, and nothing else has ever come close. My eldest child is currently a Reed Senior. My youngest has just entered first grade.
In what ways you think you can help Reed students?
The question should be for the Students. If they think I can help them they can ask their questions. I will answer any question to the best of my ability, but I would never presume to know what they need in advance.
What else should students know about you? (e.g., volunteer engagement, avocations, interests)
Many "Hobbies" and interests have turned into unique and exciting experiences that were un-expected.
I have created a Micro - Finance banking system and associated software that operates in the South Pacific. It has over 4,000 clients, has created over 300 new micro-businesses, and going to the board meetings is great fun.
The age of Analog Computers that existed prior to the development of digital computers is the subject of a book I am writing.
Several small business groups invite me to speak at their meetings about business dynamics and efficiency. From these meetings I become a mentor to several of the owners.
I repair and maintain antique mechanical analog computers on museum ships around the world so the technology will be preserved for future generations.