With over two decades of creative leadership and storytelling experience, what really gets me out of bed in the morning is delighting audiences with the unexpected. At the moment, I'm working as a Principal Design Manager within an AI + Research org at Microsoft.

Over the years, I've been fortunate enough to create product designs for apps, software products, websites, as well as write, produce and/or direct video projects along the way. I've produced high quality content and award-winning work for Microsoft, AT&T, Boeing, Dell, Netflix, Warner Bros., and Crypt TV to name a few (yes, I had to name drop). Before joining Microsoft 24 years ago, I was a Creative Director at different agencies around the Seattle area, where I managed projects and teams of Art Directors, UI/UX Designers, User Researchers, Motion Designers, 3D Artists and Writers.

I've also been the liaison between creative and PM, creative and engineering, creative and agencies/vendors. So that's why I consider myself a producer as well. There's huge differences between creating a useful software product and a corporate video. Since I have experience in both creative and video production, I understand the different processes and challenges of both. That's why I consider myself a hybrid of sorts: I'm part creative leader, part producer and PM.

But... that's not to say I still don't like designing and being creative. Whether designing UI/UX for products or making corporate videos or short films, I really enjoy it all.


When I'm not working, I"m making shorts films or writing feature screenplays. In the last 7 years I have written, produced and directed 7 short films, receiving over 100 awards -- including Best Director. Some of my shorts have played on Eli Roth's (director of "The House with a Clock in Its Walls") and Jason Blum's (producer of "Get Out" and "The Purge" movies) online network, Crypt TV. I've also been represented by agents and managers in Hollywood for filmmaking and had 3 feature screenplays optioned.

In 2019, my short film "Ricochet," was recognized by the UK Film Review as one of the Best Short Films of 2019. My latest short film in 2020, "Nemesis," has been recognized for Best Action, Best Thriller, Best Director, Best Producer, Best Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Edting, Best Special Effects, and Best Sound to name a few.

Producers are currently shopping around my Sci-Fi/Action/Thriller feature screenplay to streamers and studios in Hollywood.

In early 2020, a book I provided content for and helped produce about 80s B-movie director Sam Firstenberg, was finally published. The book is entitled "Stories from the Trenches".

The massive 755 page book is filled with anecdotes, interviews, on-set pictures and stories about the director's life of making movies as an in-house director for the lengendary mini-major studio Cannon Films in the 80s. It's an amazing book that took over 2 years of blood, sweat and tears to develop and publish.

In 2021, Quentin Tarantino was a guest at the Jerusalem Film Festival to celebrate Cannon Films legacy as a mini-major studio pioneer. He noted that in the 80s, when he was trying to become a filmmaker, director Sam Firstenberg was one of his favorite movie directors. With that, the members of the JFF presented Quentin Tarantino with a copy of the book "Stories from the Trenches". It's quite an honor being a part of the making of this tremendous book and all the recognition that has come along the way.

After reading all of this and you still want to learn more about me, please feel free to get in touch!

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