Ken's Open Road

KEN LIGHTNER

Senior Programmer
CCP

“No matter what you do, it’s work. Life is just opportunities...you have to put them all together.”

INTERESTS:

Technology Design

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Choices Exploration Education Success Hard Work Support & Encouragement Passion Self-Reflection Struggle Character Negativity

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Joined the Army right out of high school, where he worked in aviation maintenance with the goal of one day being a fighter pilot—however, he discovered this path didn’t really suit him.
  • After getting out of the Army, the 1989 Eastern Airlines strike sidelined his aviation work indefinitely, so he went back to college.
  • Graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in sociology and data analysis, but had no idea what he wanted to do with that.
  • His first job out of college was working at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in data analysis, collecting health statistics for epidemiologists.
  • Around this time, the IT industry was starting to establish itself as an in-demand market, so he decided to teach himself programming.
  • To practice his programming skills, he started to make edits to an existing game he liked to play, which sparked his interest in video game design.
  • To avoid moving to San Francisco to establish himself in the industry, he founded his own Atlanta-based company called Holistic Games, most well-known for creating the game “Mall Tycoon.”
  • He now works mainly on cell phone games and groundbreaking virtual reality.

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