I am a Principal Software Development Engineer (SDE) at Microsoft in the Commercial Software Engineering (CSE) organization. In this role I work closely with ISV’s building their solutions on the Microsoft Azure platform.
My career at Microsoft started in February 2002 when the .NET Framework was first released. I joined Microsoft as an Escalation Engineer in Developer Support and essentially lived in a debugger for 4 years supporting the internals of the Common Language Runtime (CLR), COM/DCOM, and later the initial release of VSTS. In 2006, I moved over to our Premier organization working in the ISV Practice as a Developer Consultant. This was also about the time Microsoft released .NET Framework 3.0, which included the initial release of Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and became a technology focus for me going forward. In this role, it was sort of like getting back to my roots because my entire career before Microsoft was working as a developer for various ISV’s and building distributed applications. In 2009 I moved into our Premier Field Engineering (PFE) organization as a Developer/Engineer, where I continued my work with ISV customers. While I was in the PFE organization, there was this little project called “Project Red Dog” that I started getting involved with. Good move for me because shortly after Steve Balmer delivered his “all in” speech at the University of Washington in 2010. My head has been in the Azure cloud ever since and in 2013 I joined our Technical Evangelism and Development team to help select ISV’s architect and build their solutions on Azure.
In 2013, I decided to act on some entrepreneurial ambitions and left Microsoft to start a professional trainging company and later a professional services company. During this time I also took the opportunity to author and co-author a couple of books on Azure. One targeting the Azure Developer and another targeting IT Professionals seeking certification on Azure.
In 2015, I re-joined Microsoft in the Azure Customer Advisory Team (CAT) to work with some of the largest Global System Integrators (GSI’s). In late 2017, I moved into CSE where I am currently.
I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). I also have a bunch of Microsoft certifications.
Running continues to be a passion for me even though I don’t run as hard as I used to. I used to run 2-3 marathons per year and race in some shorter distances as part of my training. I was fortunate to qualify for the Boston Marathon two times, first with a 3:20:45 time and again with a 3:24:00. My best days are probably behind me in this sport, but I’m on a personal journey to get back to the marathon distance and hopefully back to Boston.
Home is in Dallas, TX.