When I was a kid, the list of people I wanted to be when I grew up included Han Solo, Snake Plissken, Dr. Johnny Fever, Kermit the Frog, and John "Hannibal" Smith.

Call it a case of overactive imagination and taking mom's statement "you can be whatever you want when you grow up" a bit too literally.

instead, I develop innovative products that change the way people interact with the digital world, and I run ultramarathons, Which aren't bad substitutes, all in all.

As a digital product manager, I have worked in industries including media, financial services, and retail. I've led large cross-functional teams at the senior executive level, but am equally comfortable as a sleeves-rolled-up individual contributor.

I have a passion for user experience design, and am a strong advocate for customer-focused product development -- in particular, applying Design Thinking practices to identify the "job to be done" on behalf of the customer.

At the start of my career, I spent a decade as a journalist specializing in military affairs and national security coverage. My teams did some award-winning investigative work over the years, and were on the front lines of conflict in Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti and beyond. Along the way, I started looking for new ways to tell stories. That led me to digital publishing, which in turn led me to digital product management.

Today, I'm reinventing the omnichannel retail experience for the country's largest independent retailer of fine wine and spirits.

A few more quick things: I'm a husband and dad, a military veteran, a home cook, a former radio DJ, a writer and photographer, an owner of rescued pets, an advocate for ending chronic homelessness, and a collector of vintage U.S. and Russian watches.

Oh, and the ultramarathon thing? I compete in trail races beyond the traditional 26.2-mile marathon distance, and have completed events ranging up to 100 miles in length. I firmly believe the world looks best when viewed from a mountain ridge.