HOW DID YOU BECOME INTERESTED IN MACHINING?
Growing up when BMX racing was big, I developed a huge love for bicycles. At the age of 15, I landed a job as a bicycle mechanic in State College, which helped support my bike habit for many years. In my senior year of high school, I designed and built my very first bicycle frame for a shop project with some guidance from Bill Grove of Grove Innovations. In 1990, the bicycle shop that I worked at was purchased by Grove Innovations, and I was transferred to help with production. I enjoyed that summer more than any before. I got to set up and run vertical milling machines, engine lathes and even got to do some painting. I was a business administration major at Penn State, but when it was time to return to the university for the fall semester, I just couldn’t do it. I knew that I loved building cool and innovative products, and I took great pride in my work. So I started looking around at colleges that had hands-on learning and immediately found Penn College. The only choice was whether to enroll in machining or welding. Once again with some guidance from Bill Grove, I enrolled in toolmaking technology.