Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background
I grew up in Nambucca Heads, a tiny town on the east coast of Australia. After completing my studies in IT, I married my high school sweetheart and we relocated to the Gold Coast. I secured a role as an IT engineer for a corporate IT services company—with the added benefit of some of Australia's best surfing beaches at my doorstep.
After several years of experience with outsourced IT, I began a role as an IT Operations manager for a local college. With four years of IT experience under my belt and persistence from my wife, we flew the coop and headed to Europe. We purchased a 1983 VW combi (Great Year!) and traveled 10,000 miles through 11 countries.
Once our savings ran out we headed to London, where I landed a role in managing IT for a post-production company. The pace of working in London was different from my experience in Australia and provided amazing opportunities and experiences to build my career.
In 2014, we had the chance to move to New York and I joined the Rubicon Project—an early pioneer of programmatic advertising—as an IT manager. Cloud computing was becoming mainstream and I was excited to work in an industry that allowed me to explore new technologies and modern IT solutions.
Modern IT leadership is not only managing services. It requires a deep understanding of the company's objectives to create the most impactful solutions. Joining PebblePost has been an amazing opportunity to use my experience to build a cloud-first, modern IT department, that focuses on security, scalability, and sensible service selection.
What is the first word that comes to mind when you think about PebblePost?
What is the first thing that you're looking forward to doing once we can get out and about again?
Cold draught beer!
What is the best advice you ever received?
The best advice I have received was from a former client and trusted friend who sadly passed away last year: “Try and recognize what shapes your opinions. If you have a strong opinion about something you know very little about, it might be best kept to yourself.”
If you weren't in your current career, what would you want to be doing?
I'd settle for one of twenty available seats as a Formula One driver.