About Alex

Insatiable Curiousity

Motivated to help, Alex enjoys being faced with great work situations that require abstract and critical thinking.  Increasing value by resolving problems and bringing order out of chaos.  When faced with adversity and constraints, the opportunity for ingenious solutions is created.

Image

Thanks, Dad

For my father who is greatly missed, it is my honor to share my gratitude giving him a public dedication and "Thank you" for his everlasting support and encouragement. 

Thanks, Dad

For my father who is greatly missed, it is my honor to share my gratitude giving him a public dedication and "Thank you" for his everlasting support and encouragement. 


Early Life

I was blessed with an exceptional childhood of being raised in a multi-generational home and provided with a wide variety of learning opportunities very early on.

My grandfather was a math teacher for the local High School, who also had a high aptitude for building or fixing almost anything (cars, rock walls, stained glass windows, etc...), which came with a trove of knowledge and tools.  This was passed onto me by my father, and in essence we all have had a decent mechanical aptitude and an optimistic mentality of "I can build it or fix it".

An optimistic mentality of
"I can build it or fix it"

My education started at the local Montessori school, which tends to avoid a fixed curriculum and instead encourages the amplification of innate strengths in the child's education.  A portion of this education included accompanying my father who was a Travel Agent on his trips, usually a business-pleasure blend.  I was tasked with having to provide trip reports, documenting our experiences at local museums and cultural venues.  The rest of the time was occupied with a framework of education I could pick and choose from - which was usually solving math problems and other logic oriented exercises.

  • Ready for Scouting

  • Exploring Morocco

  • Travels in Europe

  • Ready for Scouting

  • Exploring Morocco

  • Travels in Europe

Participating in the Boy Scouts, travelling internationally, parking lot driving lessons in a Mustang and building my first computer before I was 10 years old are considered my core education and is still very much present today.


Developing Experience

In the picture below, I am 13 years old and in my natural element - a workshop environment, in front of a computer with the internal components exposed, on the telephone likely helping resolve a problem for someone, while in close proximity to motor vehicles and surrounded by a variety of tools (notice the relic Craftsman drill press in the background) fit for tinkering and most household repairs.  

Image

Alex: A Young Computer Technician

Participating in the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts provided me with a bounty of learning opportunities coupled with outdoor adventures and an introduction to leadership, and even a magazine cover feature!  Being challenged with earning merit badges was a fun way to learn a wide variety of skills such as navigating topographic maps and backpacking 50+ miles while learning other items such as first aid, lifesaving, emergency preparedness, communication and camping.

Before High School I started my first professional work experience: administrative duties in an office environment at my fathers travel agency, and simultaneously at the next door computer repair store where I increased my knowledge of computer repair and dealt with some of the more tedious tasks (like sorting screws).

My work experience was expanded into some other entry level positions such as Cashier, Customer Service & Sales at places like Longs Drugs (before it became CVS) and Best Buy.  While these opportunities helped round out my work experience, the positions were less than ideal for me.  Shortly thereafter I stepped into my first official Technical Support position where I made some real strides. 

Image

Alex On A Company Homepage

My experience working at a VoIP start-up in San Francisco provided me with professional experience in Customer Service, Tier 1 & Advanced Technical Support, Q&A Testing, and Business Operations.  It was there that I stretched my Customer Service & Technical Support skills by consistenly resolving up to 300 customer inquiries per week and 40 inbound phone calls per day.  During this time my value for telecommuting was found as I endured almost 1,000 hours of commuting per year.

Simultaneously, I also completed online college courses for an Associates Degree in Information Technology and a Bachelors in Psychology.  

All of the hard work did pay off though as I was dilligently working towards one of my passions and secured my realistic dream car: a 2003 Ford Mustang Cobra.  Shortly thereafter, I was placed on a different trajectory and found my first Business Development opportunity and success story:  Thee Barber Shop in Eugene, OR.

Image

Alex's Passion: His 2003 Ford Mustang Cobra
(Taken While Overnight Camping On Mt. Shasta)