From Music to Healthcare Analytics

After securing a music degree from Belmont University in 2004, I survived on odd jobs and performed as a singer/songwriter at any venue that would let me in. I pursued music as a calling, and by 2007 that calling was my full-time profession.

By 2010 I realized I was better at business than music. I began considering further education and let my music career coast to a smooth stop. While preparing for grad school I started a small business building wood-fired pizza ovens for outdoor spaces. This proved to be an outlet for my interests as a craftsman and a source of several hard lessons learned.

By 2011 I was investing in my quantitative skills and in 2012 I began writing code. That year I closed the oven business, married Emily, and started an MBA at the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management. During school I worked as a healthcare analyst at Cogent Healthcare and took on several consulting projects. I graduated in May 2014 and began a job as analytics manager at Healthcare Bluebook.

Currently Emily and I are expecting our first child, and I am taking on side projects during my off hours. I plan to start a business in the next 3 to 5 years, so I am always looking for the right problem to solve and the right team to solve it with me.