About

TL;DR

Well look... Rusty's just this guy, you know?

Slightly More Detailed Bio

I was born and raised in a small town in central Texas. When I say that, don't conjure the typical, rural, tumbleweed-rolling-down-Main Street imagery that usually surfaces when "small town" and "Texas" in the same sentence. Think more along the lines of a-good-place-to-go-antiquing small town. My parents still live there, as does my slightly older (and only) sister.

I attended the University of Texas at Austin, earning a BBA in Management Information Systems. The rest of my professional life has been split between working in Information Technology departments for small and mid-sized companies and providing professional and consultative services across a wide variety of industries.

At my core, I'm a problem-solver. I like to solve problems, and have been told that I'm pretty good at it. I consider myself incredibly fortunate to be able to solve problems for a living, even when those problems are really difficult and I find myself less than chipper in having to solve them...

Currently, I am employed by a wonderful company called Outpace Systems, where I'm privileged to work with quite possibly the most talented team of business and technical people I've ever seen assembled. I do a bunch of technical stuff (primarily clojure and SQL Server) as well as coach and mentor in Agile practices. I also guest lecture a few times a year at UT (mostly for the MIS 374 class).

When I'm not doing work-related stuff, I like to game and read. Luckily for me, my wife and sons have similar interests (more gaming-centric for the boys). Gaming for me is open to any style -- video, board, card, role-playing, etc. I typically stick near the sci-fi/fantasy and personal growth genres for reading, but I'll read anything that has a great recommendation.

And apparently, I also blog now. Speaking of, we should get back to that. :)

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