What's one quirky fact about your childhood self?
In 3rd grade, I nearly lost two fingers in a bizarre bike-parachute accident, fell off of a roof, was struck in the head by a hammer, and got pinned underwater by a tree in a river – not entirely sure how I survived that year.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I was torn between Air Force pilot and photographer. I still enjoy photography, but I pay other people to fly me around now.
What are your hidden talents or hobbies?
My primary hobby is writing, recording and performing music. I took a long break from it while raising my kids, but recently I started joining a local open-mic night on Wednesday evenings.
What's your superpower?
I can solve technical problems and look people in the eye when I’m speaking to them.
What are the things you care about most outside of work?
My family is my number one priority. I love to camp and enjoy the outdoors whenever possible. And of course I can’t stop playing and performing music.
What’s a quote that inspires you?
Over time the quotes that inspire me have changed, but here are a few that tend to give me the drive I need:
"We build, but to tear down." – Nikola Tesla
"Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first." – Mark Twain
"When I pick up the ball and it feels nice and light and small I know I’m going to have a good day. But if I picked it up and it’s big and heavy, I know I’m liable to get into a little trouble." – Bob Feller.
"Run." – Aaron Bruno.
What are you working on right now, outside of work?
I’ve been going through songs I have written over the past 30 years and have been recording and performing them. I’m also in a gospel trio and am putting the final touches on our first CD.
What have you most enjoyed working on here at Tahzoo?
I’ve only worked on three clients so far and have enjoyed all of the work, but what makes Tahzoo special for me is that I have gotten to work with some truly remarkable and talented people.
Do you have a stand-out accomplishment you’d like to share (at work or at play)?
My degree is in Electrical Engineering, but I’ve always worked in software. Over the years, I’ve used my degree, though, by inventing devices. In 2002, for example, I designed and built a web server the size of a credit card. I have three inventions in the works today, and I’ll let you know about them soon.
Is there a colleague whose biography you’d like to read?
Editor's note: Here is a link to some of Brad's music. Also, if you ever don't know what to get him for his birthday, he's been pining for year for the 1972 vintage Gibson ES-335 on the wall at his local Guitar Center. Just saying...