Once every few months someone gets confused when they hear that I have 25 years experience in tech, because they look at me and the numbers don’t add up. But it’s true. I’ve been at this longer than some of the younger techs have even been alive. And I’m not even 40 yet.
I began volunteering to run sound for my church at 13 years old. My family attended a large church, resulting in lots of technology and opportunities for me to learn so I spent all of my teens hanging around the booth, soaking up everything I could learn. I was blessed to have a great mentor and pastors who were willing to let kids like me play and got to design and install complex stage setups before I could even vote.
Engineering seemed like the natural next step so I went to UCF for my degree, working as a tech at Disney and for my church. Here I am, 25 years later with a thriving business. I’ve run tech for Chris Tomlin’s tour, sporting events with Olympic athletes, Tony Robbins and CEOs from companies like Google, Walmart of Bank of America. I absolutely love what I do and know that I am blessed to have gotten such an early start in my career thanks to serving with my church.
Recently I’ve felt called upon to return to my roots and serve the churches of Orlando. As much as I love working big budget gigs and traveling around the world I want to serve and give back to my community and to God.
We are opening up CYA Productions to do free consultations for local churches, where I walk their sanctuary and campus, talk with them about what technology they’re currently using to see if there’s anything I can do to help.
We’ve already worked with a handful of churches and, call me a nerd, but it has been a lot of fun. If you know of a church in the Central Florida area who could benefit from some oversight or consultation on their technology, send them our way!