I never wanted to be a 6-to-9 dad.
When my wife and I had our first child in 1996, I worked as a chemist. I had this fascinating job creating ‘flavor solutions’ for companies like Kellogg, Coke, Pepsi, Gatorade, and Sunkist. I truly loved what I was doing. But I didn’t enjoy getting home at 6:00 pm with only a few hours to be with my family or whatever time was left between dinner, bath, and bedtime. I wanted greater flexibility and freedom in my life to make sure that I could be the kind of dad I wanted to be when I wanted to be on my terms.
Growing up, my dad always told me, “If you have it in your hand to do what is right, but you don’t do it, then it’s wrong.” He taught me that if I’m not doing my best, I’m short-changing someone. I always carry this belief with me at home, church, and work.
I’m a problem solver at heart, and in my 25 years of experience as an IT consultant for manufacturing companies and law firms, I’ve been known to do some unconventional things like climb on top of roofs to adjust antennas or drive to a client’s company at midnight to help them through an IT emergency.