I grew up in a Southern California desert town. I spent my childhood riding bikes, playing soccer, swimming, skateboarding, and just being a rough-and-tumble kid. At a young age I discovered a love for music with the saxophone, and somehow managed to juggle music, sports, and schoolwork. My mom was a superhero and got me from sax lessons to soccer practice and still made sure I got home in time to practice piano before dinner.
About the time I was in first grade my mother made the decision to homeschool me. It wasn’t entirely popular in the early 90s, but she went for it anyway. I learned at my own pace, which left me plenty of time to pursue a profession in music.
In high school I concurrently attended the local community college to earn my Associate of Arts in Music, working at a pace my high school workload and young music career would allow. When I finished high school I decided not to continue my musical education and instead switched to English. I planned to continue playing/teaching/recording music professionally, but I had always loved writing and thought that I would like to work as a magazine editor. During my second year of junior college I needed a few extra units and there was a marketing class at a convenient time. Before the end of the semester I decided to change my major again–to marketing.
I transferred into Cal State Northridge’s business program, which I chose based on its heavy teamwork, emphasis on client-based projects, and frequent public forums to display research. Here I was encouraged by a favorite professor to apply for a special program called The Wells Fargo Center for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. This program allowed small businesses in the San Fernando Valley to apply for various forms of consulting. Accepted applicants then became clients of the various teams in the WFCSBE.
At the end of the Spring 2009 semester, the Wells Fargo Center sponsored a competition for best sales pitch and best sales presentation. First was a 60 second “elevator pitch” competition, where a member from each team would pitch the product to an imaginary “investor” without notes or slides. The top two winners from the fast pitch advanced to an extended sales presentation, requiring the use of a professional slideshow and were allowed notes. The panel of judges for this event included CSUN business faculty, executives from Wells Fargo’s investment banking division, and attorney/radio host/small business owner, Bill Handle. I won both competitions.
After college I spent a few years running my own business and freelancing before finally deciding to go to law school. I took the LSAT and I was subsequently accepted to all the Los Angeles area law schools. I decided to attend Southwestern Law School because I really liked the atmosphere and administrators; plus, they offered me a nice scholarship. My time at Southwestern was a perfect mix of fantastic and overwhelming. The first year was expectedly difficult, but during my second year I found my rhythm and joined the staff of Law Commentator to transform the small Southwestern print newsletter to a 21st century digital magazine with a high quality print component. I also helped revive the dormant Southwestern chapter of The Federalist Society, served on the board as Publicity and Outreach director, and was nominated for several awards for my work promoting the organization in Los Angeles. In my free time I was also an active member or Southwestern Mountaineering Associates, OUTlaw, Latino Law Students Association, served as a National Lawyers Guild legal observer, and helped start the first Southwestern Estate Planning Society.
Over the years I’ve had to give up competitive sports, but occasionally I manage to get a few friends together to play soccer in the park. When I’m not working, I spend as much time outdoors as possible: backpacking, mountain biking, kayaking, tree climbing, and swimming. After college I was able to spend a lot of time traveling: Internationally throughout the Asia and the Americas, as well as endless criss-crossing paths of road trips throughout the U.S.
Admittedly, my favorite activity is eating. I’m really awesome at it. My greatest pleasure is discovering new and exciting places and things to eat. I don’t drink, I don’t, smoke, I don’t gamble, so most of my disposable income goes straight to my belly.
I’m fun and cool. You should be friends with me and or hire me for things.