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Over the years, we have really enjoyed working with our amazing customers, and we look forward to helping you with your project.
I instantly fell in love with computer technology, and I have been playing with it ever since. Immediately, I became so fascinated with programming that I wrote my first program when I was 9 years old. After that, I kept playing with technology until about 23 years ago when someone started paying me to develop and play with software.
Over that 23 years, I have worked almost exclusively in integration development. The first company I worked for was New Era of Networks, an IBM partner who was a pioneer in Middleware and developed the first Rules and Formatting Engines for IBM MQ Series.
After moving to Florida in my early 30’s, I started working for the Orange County Clerk of Courts in Orlando. There, I became the Manager of Solutions Architecture, managed a team of developers, and served as the Technical Lead for multiple large-scale initiatives. We integrated, replaced and/or consolidated the majority of the Clerk’s software during the time that I was there. It was hard to leave. I had a great team, and we made a huge impact in the organization… but I knew that it was time to move ahead.
Now, my wife and I have the privilege of running Torch Designs full-time. In my newest adventure, I love that I have the opportunity to really help businesses succeed. I have always enjoyed technology, and it is incredibly rewarding to be able to use that gift to bless my customers.
I loved to invent, design, and create things even back then. When my sibling was giving Barbie a Mohawk, I was designing the layout for her furniture.
My first delve into the graphic design world happened when I was 16. I got a job hand-painting signs for a local sign shop (people actually used to do that). After that I was hooked. I knew I wanted a job in the creative field… not sign painting, but designing. Shout out to my high school art teacher who encouraged me to go to school for graphic design, and the rest is history.
For 20 years I have done just about every type of graphic design job out there, as well as photography, illustration, and even a little video editing. I have worked as a graphic designer and creative director for three international companies. My work can be seen as far away as Japan, Russia, and in stores all over the continental U.S. That’s one thing about designers, unlike fine artists we don’t get to sign our work. We just get to know it rocks, and it’s there.
Now I get to be the Creative Director for Torch Designs… I can say that it has been quite a journey. I love working for local and national clients. It can be fun, exciting, and like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get next!