I first started apprenticing as a repair professional in 2004 while I was serving in the Marine Corp Field Band program. I apprenticed for a little over a year when I was formally selected as an Instrument Repair Technician in the Marine Corps.
I graduated from Minnesota State College Southeast Technical in the spring of 2006 and returned to the Marine Corps as professionally trained repair technician. I repaired instruments for the Marine Corps for the next 14 years until I retired from the Marine Corps in 2016.
My first job outside of the Marine Corps was as a Road Service Technician for Southeast Music Institute. I worked as a road tech for three years servicing middle and high schools in the Atlanta metro area. In 2019 I was promoted to Regional Manager of the Atlanta area and helped to develop fellow technicians as well as continuing to repair instruments.
Fall of 2020 I decided to enroll in school to finish my Supply Chain and Logistics Management degree, taking a step away from the industry to see things from a different perspective, which has led me to my current role.
After years of experience teaching and mentoring fellow technicians, I felt like my calling was to teach. I taught many formal classes while I was in the service and thoroughly enjoyed watching my students succeed with their new skills. This still drives me today. I have over 18 years of instrument repair experience. My goal is to create and mentor new Instrument Repair Technicians and show them how to thrive and have a meaningful career in repair.