"I went to school for graphic arts and worked in that field, which was fun and what I wanted to do at that time, but after a few years I realized I had gone about as far as I could go. I was at my computer doing the same thing day after day. There wasn’t room for growth. So I thought, 'What else haven’t I done?' My father works in the automotive industry, and he introduced me to that area. I learned what entrepreneurship was about, and then two other people and I founded a company. That was a year and eight months ago. We build a device [see photo] that constantly analyzes data from big rigs and predicts problems before a truck suffers an engine failure and ends up stranded on the side of the road. The company is headquartered in Memphis, has several employees, and has put the device in about a hundred big rigs in this area so far.
"I absolutely love the creative challenge of what I’m doing. I love taking the data, learning from it, and using it to make the product even better. It’s all about innovation, and it definitely keeps my attention. Of course there's some failure involved when you're trying to figure out something new, but failure isn't failure to me. It just means I’ve learned something. Success is a by-product of failure. That’s the way I see it."