At the age of six, Chad was diagnosed with and treated for Leukemia. Stuck indoors most of the time, his father who was an engineer with Illinois Bell, kept his mind occupied by introducing him to a digital world full of logic gates, binary math, digital signals, and more.
Chad’s first computer was a Radio Shack TRS-80 Color Computer. It had been upgraded, at great cost, to a whopping 16k of RAM. Not intended to be used for games, Chad spent a lot of time learning to write BASIC programs to ask questions, give answers, and draw pictures.
In 1990, Chad was first introduced to the internet while visiting a friend at college. The ability to transfer the complete works of Shakespeare across the country and back in mere seconds blew him away.
In the early 90s, Chad entered the workforce in roles often simply labeled “IT” (Information Technology) including providing phone support for an Internet Service Provider during the first days of the World Wide Web as early pioneers tried to stake their claims.
After Y2K and the “dot com burst,” Chad moved to Wisconsin. One early job involved teaching programming to designers. The morning of the first class, Chad realized that not everyone spoke the digital language that was native to his brain, while the graphic language of the designers was equally foreign to him. During the lunch break, he came up with an idea: “we need to find a common language.” Over the remainder of the class that is exactly what he and his students did.
And that has been his focus for the better part of a decade: Helping IT professionals become more “user friendly” while helping others become more “tech savvy” and working with companies to help both sides work together to focus on moving the company forward towards its mission.