What is your role at DASI?
Senior Elite Application Engineer (aka SOLIDWORKS Jedi)
Some days I travel all over Michigan to various customers for mentoring services or PDM implementations, other days I work support and assist customers with their issues. I’m also a certified trainer so you’ll also find me training users in one of our multiple offices. But, the most common task I do for DASI is Demos. I specialize in “custom” demos, where I show potential customers how the SOLIDWORKS solutions can make their jobs better.
How long have you been working at DASI?
A little over 8 years, which is crazy to me.
What do you enjoy most about working for DASI?
The variety of day-to-day activities.
Describe a typical “Day in the Life” for you at DASI.
No matter who I’m talking to or what I’m doing it’s always the same. I spend my days helping customers use SOLIDWORKS solutions to design cool things.
Do you have an office nickname?
Our Sales Manager calls me “Big John.” I’m assuming because I’m 6’4″ and 285 lbs… 🙂
Be honest… who did you know at DASI that got you the job?
Back when I hired in, I knew a prior Application Engineer named JB Matheny. I met him in college and we hit it off while going to night school finishing design degrees. He happened to be working in the Sterling Heights office when I came in for my interview, and put in a good word.
Before working for DASI, what was the most unusual or interesting job you had?
I’ve done many things for a living over the years. Some of my favorite time was spent in commercial and residential construction. I still have all the tools needed to build a house from scratch.
Share one random fact about you.
I’ve almost died dozens of times and broken over 10 bones in my lifetime. Still standing. I figure I’m still here for some reason 🙂
What is the best vacation you ever went on?
I don’t know if I have a “best” vacation, but I spend a week in the Silver Lake Sand Dunes every year, riding and driving the crazy 4×4 contraptions I come up with. My idea of a good time, going fast, breaking toys and fixing them to go do it again…
When I’m not spending time with the family or riding, I’m out in my shop building custom electric guitars. I’ve built my own 3 Axis CNC Router and setup a full blown woodworking shop in my 4 car garage. On top of custom one off guitars, I’m also launching a product line in 2016. If you’re interested feel free to ask to see pictures.
Tell us about your family.
Over the last two years it’s really changed quite a bit. For many years, I lived on a paycheck and a motorcycle. Now I’m engaged, with a step-son and a one year old daughter. What a trip. The one thing that has remained constant is change.
What is one item on your bucket list?
I’ve never jumped out of a perfectly good working airplane, but I need to. I worked on a ground crew for my uncle when I was younger, and he broke his ankle on a landing before I was old enough to jump, so I never got to skydive.
What are three things you enjoy?
- Playing and building guitars
- Riding and building motorcycles
- Spending time with my daughter
Where were you born?
I was born in small town in central NY named Rome, but raised in a one stop light town called Camden. At 18, I moved out to Metro Detroit and got my first detailing job at a progressive die and tooling shop.
Do you have any phobias?
Not that I’m aware of. Fear is a four letter word that I just don’t understand. Of course, that might be why I’ve been injured so many times…