WHAT HE'S UP TO NOW
CEO OF CONCEPT GEN
In 2012, after fifteen years of honing my design skills on projects including race cars, digital measurement devices and electric vehicles, I founded Concept Gen, a design firm specializing in designing functional and marketable products from the ideas of our clients.
Through years of building steady word-of-mouth business in Northern California, we've been able to help dozens of clients achieve their dreams of developing and releasing products to the market. It's always an adventure and an odyssey worth taking.
In addition to supporting our client's inventions, we're also creating in-house products and apps that connect people and make life more convenient.
The Lancehead crossbow is a product that I've helped design for a client of mine over several years. We designed and built several prototypes and test fixtures. All the while, my client and I were becoming experts at creating compact performance. This is the first fundamental innovation in archery since the original crossbows were invented thousands of years ago. We're still increasing speed, accuracy and compactness. This is an exciting and ongoing partnership. See the product site: www.lancehead.com
"We live in a time and place that allows great dreams to manifest. The opportunities are limited only by our imaginations"
After graduating with my mechanical engineering degree in 2000, I moved from Texas to North Carolina to work on a NASCAR team. I didn't have any connections or job offers, so I got my foot in the door by sneaking into the shops and working until I caught a break. Traveling the race circuit and seeing all the tracks was an incredible experience. By 2006, I was a chassis engineer for Dale Earnhardt, Inc. designing and building cars for four race teams.
CONCEPT CAR DESIGNS
This was a concept I designed as a consultant for an electric car manufacturer in 2009. During that time, I also designed an electric supercar with a top speed of 176 mph. This car was entered into the X-Prize competition in 2010 and won the grand prize ($2.5M) in the alternative class.
2016 was a special year. My wife and I welcomed our twins, William and June into the world. Everyone says parenthood is the best thing you can experience. That's probably an exaggeration, but it is up there. The kids keep us connected to our primal silliness. Watching them develop and emulate us is like watching aliens learn to live on planet earth. Pretty cool.
I started writing down jokes about daily life while I was struggling to start Concept Gen in my garage. It was a very frustrating time and had an interesting effect on my sense of humor. When I had enough material, I began rehearsing routines in front of a camcorder. When I felt I had a worthy routine, I went to an open-mic night at a bar and bombed. Then I repeated the process until I could at least finish my set without being kicked off stage. Every so often, a set hits and there's no better feeling.
2018 - PRESENT
I don't know why I wasn't interested in flying when I was younger, but moving to coastal California may have something to do with my newfound passion. The first time I took a solo flight, I knew I'd made the right decision. Flying is a mechanical engineer's dream. Yes, you guessed it - I plan on building one or two of my own planes in the coming years. I currently give flight tours to small groups.