My road in life took a while to figure out.
I wanted to help the poor.
Went to EMU and studied Social Work.
Realized I was dealing with symptoms of bad policy and politics.
Decided to study policy and Interpersonal social work.
Fell in love with the coffee business while I was studying for my MSW.
Graduated from U of M and became a partner in a coffee company.
Became managing partner in Zingerman's Deli.
Started my own company with my friend Matt Morgan in 2011.


High School
Eastern Michigan University
Social Work
Eastern Michigan University



I am a partner in a fine wine and speciality food shop.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Working with Others

Day to Day

We are a small shop so most days are filled with doing a little bit of everything. Yesterday I had a planning meeting, did 4 staff reviews, waited on customers during the lunch rush, and answered emails / txts and calls.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Don't go blindly into college or the trades. Take a deep breath and think about what you want from life. Take some time to enjoy a have been in school your whole life!

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

Culinary Arts/Chef Training


The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"You should become a Doctor or a Lawyer."