I was born on the island of Kodiak in Alaska. My father is a commercial fisherman, boat builder, inventor, and entrepreneur. My family moved to the city of Sequim in the state of Washington when our house in Kodiak burned down (I was 5). Most of my summers were spent working on a fishing boat in Alaska. After high school (graduated 1989) I served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the the Philippines Davao mission, where I spent two years on the island of Mindanao speaking Visayan. After that I attended Brigham Young University in Utah. I married Tressa Stapley on December 18, 1993. Our son Gavin was born March 29, 1995. I graduated in August 1997 with a major in Computer Science and a minor in Psychology and Physics (well, almost Physics). While there, I worked as a research assistant in the Performance Evaluation Laboratory of the Computer Science department. After college, I spent a year and a half working for TBRS Technology, on my Dad's fish filleting machine invention. My daughter Brinn was born March 4, 1999, and shortly afterward we moved to Arizona, where I worked as a software engineer for Conceptual Systems and Software. Tayla was born March 11, 2001. After about three years, we moved back to Sequim to help my Dad out with his new company, AlaskaCatch. My part with AlaskaCatch being complete, I got work with a startup company in Tucson, Arizona, called DMetrix where I worked as a software engineer. My son Kade was born January 24, 2003. After about 10 months at that company, started work in Fort Huachuca, AZ at the JITC doing software development for two years. In July 2005 I left the JITC to work for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Salt Lake City, doing software development for their new family history and genealogy programs. Maylee was born March 24, 2009. After five years there, I took a job with tynt.com, working with Java, Hadoop, and Linux. On January 20, 2011, our daughter Alissa was born. We've decided that six kids is enough, as our dinner table and our Suburban are full. In August 2011, I left Tynt, and in September got a new job at ValueClick (really Commission Junction) in the Santa Barbara area of Southern California. On New Year's day, 2014, we moved to Lehi, Utah, where I worked at Qualtrics until February 1, 2016. In March of 2016, I started working at Ancestry.com in Lehi.
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