About

You can find out a little about me below. I've split things into "my journal" and "my professional profile" 

My Journey

Below is a little snapshot of my history and lifes journey to date including big life milestones, achievements, professional engagements and of course interesting travel events

0-10 years old

  • Born in Adelaide, South Australia in October 1981 to parents Lin and Dave
  • Expelled from private pre-school
  • Attended Direk School (pre-school to year 7) where I met Ryan

11-20 years old

  • Attended Paralowie High School from years 8 - 10
  • Started volunteering at The Riff Cafe in 1996
  • Started playing the bass guitar in a couple of bands in 1997
  • Awarded a Commonwealth Youth Service Award for involvement in The Riff Cafe in 1998
  • Attended Thomas More College from year 11 - 12 and graduated in 1999
  • Achieved a perfect 20/20 for SACE music and was invited to Governor's House
  • Shared 18th Birthday party with Ryan in October 1999
  • Studied and completed my Diploma of Information Technology in 2000
  • Started working at Paralowie R-12 as a Technical Support Agent in 2001

If I was to live life looking backwards I might just miss something amazing in the here and now

21-30 years old

  • Started writing my own music in 2002
  • Started performing around Adelaide as Chris Live in 2002
  • Moved abroad to Malaysia in July 2003
  • Joined LeadingSide as a Project Lead in 2003, my first job in the software industry
  • Visited Thailand for the first time in 2003
  • Visited Singapore for the first time in 2003
  • Moved home to Adelaide in 2005
  • Joined TridentGLOBAL as a Application Service Consultant in 2005
  • My nephew Jensen was born 2007
  • Visited New Zealand for the first time in 2007
  • Promoted at TridentGLOBAL to the Professional Services Manager in 2008
  • My niece Ava was born 2010
  • Visited Vietnam for the first time in 2011
  • Visited the USA for the first time in 2011
  • Moved to the USA for a project in 2011

31-40 years old

  • Moved home to Adelaide in 2012
  • Completed my Diploma of Project Management in 2013
  • Visited Maldives for the first time in 2013
  • Joined Acumen Data as the Product Manager in 2013
  • Visited Philippines for the first time in 2014
  • Finally made it to Europe for the first time in 2014
  • Visited Malta for the first time in 2014
  • Visited Japan for the first time in 2014
  • Promoted at Acumen Data as the Chief Operating Officer in 2014
  • Commenced my Master of Business Administration in 2015
  • Started consulting as Change Fox with organisations looking to offshore software roles in 2016
  • Joined Graycorp as the Strategy Support Manager in 2016
  • Visited Italy for the first time in 2016
  • Visited Spain for the first time in 2016
  • Visited United Kingdom for the first time in 2016
  • Completed my Graduate Certificate in Management in 2016
  • Moved to the Philippines in 2016
  • Started relationship with Ericka in 2016
  • Visited Hong Kong for the first time in 2017
  • Completed my Graduate Diploma in Management in 2017
  • Completed my Master of Business Administration in 2017
  • Started volunteering at Pasay Pups in 2018
  • Joined InspireTek as the Chief Operating Officer in 2018
  • Ericka visits Australia for the first time in 2019
  • Visited Taiwan for the first time in 2019
  • Jaxon Alan was born April 13th 2020
  • Joined Thrive Themes as the Solutions & Business Analyst in 2020
  • Developed and managed My Reflections app in 2020
  • Started MentorPlace as a founding partner and Chief Operating Officer in 2021
  • Developed and managed Medication Timer app in 2021

41+ years old

  • Moved home to Adelaide with Ericka and Jaxon in 2021
  • Visited Scotland for the first time in 2022
  • Visited Romania for the first time in 2022
  • Visited France for the first time in 2022
  • Developed and managed Jaxon's Universe in 2022
  • Thrive Themes was acquired by Awesome Motive and promoted to Operations Manager in 2023
  • Visited Mexico for the first time in 2023 for the Awesome Motive retreat
  • First big family holiday to Europe  in 2023 
  • Visited Austria for the first time in 2023
  • Visited Hungary for the first time in 2023
  • Visited Romania for the first time with the family in 2023
  • Visited Scotland for the first time with the family in 2023
  • Visited England for the first time with the family in 2023
  • Visited Italy for the first time with the family in 2023
  • Visited Switzerland for the first time with the family in 2023
  • Visited Mexico for the second time in 2024 for the Awesome Motive retreat
  • Visited Ecuador for the first time in 2024
  • Wrote my first book Jaxon the Astronaut - A mission to count all the Moons in 2024
  • Wrote my second book Jaxon the Astronaut - A tour tonight of Dwarf planet delights in 2024
  • Ethan Leslie was born July 6th, 2024

My professional profile

Below is my professional profile broken down by experience, qualitifications & training, and awards & volunteer work.

Experience

  • 2023 - Current
    OPERATIONS MANAGER
    Thrive Themes at Awesome Motive Inc
  • 2022 - Current
    FOUNDER & CREATOR
    Medication Timer
  • 2021 - Current
    CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
    MentorPlace
  • 2020 - Forever
    DADDY
    Jaxon Alan (2020) & Ethan Leslie (2024)
  • 2020 - 2023 (acquired in 2023 by Awesome Motive Inc)
    SOLUTIONS & BUSINESS ANALYST
    Thrive Themes
  • 2020 - Current
    FOUNDER & CREATOR
    My Reflections
  • 2016 - 2020
    FOUNDER & CEO
    Change Fox
  • 2018 - 2020
    CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
    InspireTek
  • 2016 - 2017
    STRATEGY SUPPORT MANAGER
    Graycorp
  • 2013 - 2016
    CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
    Acumen Data
  • More roles and experience can be found on LinkedIn

Qualifications & Training

  • 2015 - 2017
    MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (MBA)
    Australian Institute of Business
  • 2016 - 2017
    GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN MANAGEMENT
    Australian Institute of Business
  • 2015 - 2016
    GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN MANAGEMENT
    Australian Institute of Business
  • 2014
    SMALL TEAM LEADERSHIP (short course)
    Software Education
  • 2012-2013
    DIPLOMA OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT
    Accredited Online Training
  • 2000 - 2001
    DIPLOMA OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
    Salisbury Enterprise Learning Centre

Awards & Volunteer Work

  • 2018 - Current
    KIDS PROGRAM VOLUNTEER
    Pasay Pups, Manila, Philippines
  • 2015
    ITRACK MENTOR
    Smith Family
  • 1998
    COMMONWEALTH YOUTH SERVICE AWARD for The Riff
    Royal Commonwealth Society
  • 1996 - 2002
    VOLUNTEER
    The Riff Youth Development Café Inc
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