Making the team...
I am a native Austinite passionate about sports, especially football, since the age of 5. When my dream
to play in the NFL was dashed in my senior year of high school, I decided to join the military. 23 years
6 months and 18 days later, I completed my United States Army career when an injury left me unable to
continue to serve. It was time to decide what team to join next.
Supporting a new team...
The economy was less than robust when I retired, and I was forced to settle for a job I didn’t actually
like. It was monotonous, unchallenging and provided no future opportunity. When I learned of
Veterans4Quality people said, “it’s probably a scam”. Allow me share with you the “scam” this
opportunity provided me.
Veterans4Quality gave me more opportunity than I could have imagined. My knowledge about the tech
industry was very limited, however, at the briefing Ms. Brenda Hall stated, “if you have the attention
to detail to find IED’s in theater then you can certainly find bugs in software.” She challenged us to
use our skills obtained as a soldier, combine it with their courseware, and create a win-win opportunity
for ourselves, our families and the industry. I had found my new team.
Before entering Veterans4Quality, cake PhP sounded like something I would eat, python was a snake, and
Java was a fancy cup of coffee. After the first class I realized two things: 1) This was not a scam, but
a legitimate opportunity, built by fantastic people that wanted to give back to the people who protect
our freedoms, and 2) I needed to get to work on my future.
Leading a future team...
With the life lessons we gain in the military and the completion of the Veterans4Quality program, I began
my career at Whole Foods as a software tester. That was more than 6 years ago where I am still gainfully
employed. The Veterans4Quality leadership kept reminding all us to ‘never stop learning’. I took that to
heart and so far, have completed 100+ course credit hours on Edx, mastered the Agile methodology and
become a certified ScrumMaster, Advanced ScrumMaster, Product Owner, SAFe practitioner and SAFe Scrum
The leadership skills I learned in the military and the technology knowledge I continue to gain, show how
valuable I can be in the software assurance industry. My next goal is to continue forward on my journey
to become a team leader. As a graduate of the very first Veterans4Quality class, I know technology is
essential in our future. I invest in my future every day and so can you.