How did you arrive at WCDB? What path brought you here?
A guy I graduated with from high school recommended me to Chris Payson, and texted me about Chris’ need for marketing help with video. I asked what the name of Chris’ company was, looked it up right away, and was astounded at WCDB’s amazing web presence! Most builders have terrible websites, but WCDB immediately stood out. Within an hour, I excitedly and tentatively emailed Chris with some samples of my work, and the rest is history!
What are you known for professionally? What do you have a knack for?
I am known for my entrepreneurial spirit, and my “ain’t nothin’ to it, but to do it!” attitude. I have a knack for telling stories, primarily through the medium of film/video!
What’s the one problem you are best at solving for your clients? What do your ideal clients say about you?
My ideal clients have always told me I am very good at understanding their vision. Clients often have a hard time communicating the what they want in a video project, and I have become good at reading between the lines, helping to translate their vision into a finished video! I try very hard to be a good listener. As the saying goes – “walk two moons in another man’s moccasins.”
Who have you worked with in the past? And what have you done for them?
I first started out as an intern on a feature-length documentary even before even finishing high school. I gave 4 months of my life to that project, eventually beating out an Emmy-winning editor to become the sole editor of the film! Soon after, I met a guy on a trip to Greece, who invited me to help film a documentary in Cambodia. That was fun, and I got to add a few new countries to my passport! I’ve since continued work on large documentary projects (produced a 9-part series about a tour of Israel in 2016), and now focus primarily on commercial film work for numerous clients in an eclectic range of fields incl. Hot air ballooning, American-made retail, Restaurants, Authors, Speakers, to name a few.
What are you most passionate about professionally? What most excites you about your work & the contribution you can make?
My main interests lie at the crossroads of film and business, and WCDB is right there at that crossroad. I love making something out of nothing, which is what filmmaking is at its purest. WCDB’s business is also making something from nothing, albeit in a different medium (physical construction/home remodeling), so double whammy for me!
What are you passionate about personally? What do you really enjoy? What can’t you stop talking about?
I get really stoked about things like economics, biblical studies, global trade, independent education, opting-out of college, tiny houses, handmade leather goods, Airstream travel trailers, and timber frame structures. I particularly enjoy traveling, and have been to 15 different countries!
Where can we find you when you’re not working? What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend or a Sunday afternoon?
When not working, I’m either reading a new book or spending time with my wife. Some Saturdays I get together with a group of guys for a Bible study, which is always refreshing at the end of a week. We love breakfast, and usually go out to one of Kennett’s best breakfast spots on the weekend.
How long have you been doing what you do?
Since I was a kid! Borrowed my mom’s camera one summer to make some fun videos with the neighborhood kids, and never returned it.
Where did you grow up and why aren’t you there now?
I grew up mostly in Exton, PA and lived there with my parents and three siblings until recently. I now live about 30 minutes away in Kennett Square, PA with my wife, Heather!
Any awards or medals, or even medallions? Personal okay, too.
I have a treasured “Willing Heart Award” plaque that a producer once gave me for “going above and beyond the call of duty” (her words). A made-up award title (although sincere), but it meant a lot to me.
In the end, how do you want to be remembered?
I want to be remembered as a man who loved well, who followed his gut and was willing to take risks creatively and professionally. Ultimately, someone who glorified God and was of service to man.
What is your favorite Movie?
My favorite recent movie is The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and an older favorite would have to be Memento. Both very astute examples of filmmaking.
What is your favorite TV Show or Series?
I tend to stay away from TV series, because if I get hooked, I will want to binge-watch, and ain’t nobody got time fo dat! I did enjoy most of Stranger Things.
What is a personal favorite quote?
“The grass is greener where you water it”
What is your favorite restaurant?
There’s a Mexican restaurant three blocks from where I live that serves real, authentic, Mexican food. I especially love it because they have horchata, a very hard-to-find beverage at most Mexican restaurants in the area.
What is your favorite vacation spot?
Usually when I go away for R&R, I like to just sit and read books for a week straight, so my favorite place so far has been a family friend’s cabin in the North Maine woods.
What is a highlight or memorable story about working with WCDB?
Although I look very much American, my mom is from Mexico, and I’m fluent in Spanish. Some of the guys who I meet at the job sites are from different Hispanic countries, and I always get a kick out of suddenly starting to speak in Spanish to them out of the blue. They are always shocked that the”gringo” guy can speak their native languages and they love it! I get smiles every time, and it helps warm them up to be comfortable with me and then comfortable with me hanging around with camera gear.