"Limits like fears are often just an illusion."

Whether it’s crossing the Mojave Desert on a bike or executing a plan to dig a startup out of the trenches, I am prepared for any challenge – primed to learn and poised to make the impossible a reality.

At nineteen years of age and inspired by my grandmother’s cancer diagnosis, I aligned co-founders, managed multiple support teams, and successfully executed a highly technical cross country cycling route – a 3,342-mile, solo journey to raise funds for cancer imaging and biopsy procedures. The organization ultimately raised over $35,000 supporting a number of patients through resulting strategic partnerships – my life’s proudest accomplishment.

After concluding Cycling4aCure’s work, I was eager to find the next big challenge and couple my engineering skillset with my Cycling4aCure business knowledge. I quickly aligned a second team and began managing product planning and development for a resource allocation sensor network. Yard Mapper was born, and we began working closely with Frito Lay and Volvo Trucks shaping MVP design and deployment.

Determined to better understand our customer, we secured a $50k National Science Foundation I-Corps grant funding national customer discovery and Lean Startup business development. In a matter of six weeks, I coached our travel team and obtained over 120 in-person, voice of customer interviews with supply chain experts nationwide. Outperforming 24 other cohort teams, I was awarded Top Entrepreneurial Lead for my persistence, ability to pivot, and effective project management

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Work Experience

My previous associations
2016 - present
YardMapper, LLC
Co-Founder & CEO

Yard Mapper is a Bluetooth software & hardware platform that saves time & money for distribution/manufacturing facilities providing real-time trailer & container tracking. Yard Mapper is a highly flexible solution compared to RFID/Wi-Fi alternatives with a 98% faster installation time & 76% cheaper implementation cost. Annual facility cost-savings/installation average $150k-200k. I was primarily responsible for both front & back end software development for web and Bluetooth hardware integration. Additional responsibilities included: customer discovery, proposal writing (CIT & NSF awards), & legal/accounting. To date, Yard Mapper has received multiple awards from the National Science Foundation, Virginia Tech, & other pitch competitions....

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2012-2016
Cycling4aCure
Co-Founder & President

Inspired by my grandmother's cancer diagnosis, I co-founded Cycling4aCure to inspire those battling cancer by cycling across America. My 3,342 mile (solo) trip ultimately helped raise over $35,000 for patient support & buying bikes for kids with cancer. Since the XC tour, the organization was selected as the official philanthropy for Virginia Tech fraternity, Alpha Tau Omega....

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2011 - 2016
Virginia Tech
Graduate - B.S. Industrial & Systems Engineering (Business Minor)

Beginning engineering studies in 2011, my research emphasized manufacturing dive safety mechanisms and iBeacon commercialization opportunities. I studied abroad in Munster, Germany studying German business culture and manufacturing processes. Coursework involved manufacturing processes, computer science, operations research, facility planning, & other statistical studies.  I simultaneously started two companies during my time at VT, Cycling4aCure & Yard Mapper, LLC....

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