I knew I wanted to be an engineer when I was in 9th grade. My friend's Dad was an electrical engineer in the Air Force. He worked for Raytheon and always brought home awesome tools with big disk drives and would show us. Seeing the latest and greatest technology from an early age really sparked an interest for me.
You always hear about work-life balance, but I think work is life, and life becomes work. And that isn't a bad thing. Growing up, my parents owned a restaurant, and it was a significant part of our lives. My parents brought me to the restaurant all the time. The line between family and work wasn't as clear. The work was part of our family. We built that business as a family. I try to take some of that philosophy as I shape my family and career today.
With everything that I do at Dunham, in the Military, and at home, I understand that all those things benefit each other. The skills I've acquired throughout my career impact all aspects of my life. And I have learned many things from my family that I apply to my career.
It is important to me that the people I work with are my friends. People I work with are an important part of my life. Dunham is a large firm, but it feels like a small firm. I know people here on an individual level. I know their personality, and I know their families. It is a big part of what makes Dunham a great place to work.