I was born in Cuba, many people wonder what it was like living in a place with no liberties and no options to do anything. From my point of view, I had a great life. Ever since I can remember my parents have been trying to get me through life as smoothly as possible. I can assure you that I never suffered hunger, thirst or even dreamt of anything better. When I was 9 years old, my Mom and Dad started working for an Information Technology firm that had just opened a franchise in Cuba. This was the reason for my first encounter with a computer and it opened the door to what I would become later on. After many failed attempts, my parents finally got permission to allow me to get involved and use the PCs in their work. It was an old 386 with DOS, it had 8 Megs of ram and about 100 Megs of hard drive space. To the amazement of many I learned to handle the OS right away. I was able to do just about anything on a DOS system and when Windows 3.1 came out it was almost too easy. At the age of 15, I had mastered MS-DOS and all the Windows versions from 3.1-ME. I had also used Macs and built a Linux box. I ventured to the United States on July 15, 2000 after a long wait for my father.
Education / Career:
I attended Miami Beach Senior High in Miami Beach, FL where I took several programming classes ranging from HTML to C++. I also got involved in the Engineering and Robotics club. I graduated from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Sciences in 2007. I got hired by the University to work on their IT Support team shortly after starting and was able to move around until I became a Web Developer for enrollment services. During college my roommate Pablo and I started a company Altanticsoft.us which he continues to run this day (I left the company in 2006 because the work was taking a toll on my studies). In 2007 I started working for Zabatt incorporated as a Software Developer and got involved in the implementation of their ERP System (Vantage / Epicor). I worked for Zabatt for several years and in 2010 me and a friend opened a consulting company Us Doing Stuff LLC, we had acquired quite a bit of notice in the Epicor community because of our knowledge and willingness to share that we were inundated with work. I started working for Kinedyne Corporation in 2012 which has significantly slowed down my contributions to UDS however I still freelance once in a while when I have time and work permits it.