Meet Gary

Meet Gary, the incredibly interesting technomad, citizen scientist, and newest member of the Sparkbox team.

Have you ever met someone and within the first three minutes thought to yourself, “I have so much to learn from this person!”? That’s what it’s like meeting Gary, Sparkbox’s newest developer, nature buff, and citizen scientist.

Gary brings a robust skillset from past work experiences that he’ll be applying to Sparkbox projects, as he helps our team tackle project architecture and domain-driven design. Writing code is his main work passion, with Ruby and Java at the top of his fluency list; however, when asked about his favorite coding language, his response is, “The one I haven’t learned yet!”

He grew up in rural Kentucky, surrounded by forest, and then spent the earlier portion of his adulthood in Colorado, so it’s no wonder he’s developed a continual hunger for his next outdoor adventure. Gary, his wife, and their two daughters—all devoted naturalists—volunteer at the local-to-Dayton Five Rivers Metroparks on a regular basis. They also jump at any opportunity to go backpacking, rock climbing, mountaineering, skiing, canyoneering, or biking.

Gary and his daughters
Gary and his daughters.

Gary, a self-described technomad, has spent the past two months traveling with his family and is currently perched high atop a mesa at Dead Horse Point State Park in Utah, near Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Moab—all of which he can see from their “Falconhurst” (a nod to Swiss Family Robinson). And Gary’s doing all this while simultaneously providing insightful tech leadership to our projects. He’s equally committed to traveling and coding—and doing it all with gusto!

Gary at his desk
Gary working at his standing desk in the wilderness.

The next time you find yourself in need of some Ruby advice or a backpacking buddy—or if you’re interested in learning how to build an antenna for satellite communication—Gary’s your man! Stop over and check out his current adventure.

Gary's beautiful view
Gary's whereabouts at the time of this article's publishing.