A New Direction

TL;DR: After a wonderful run at Alaska Airlines, I will be starting as a software engineer at an exciting startup called Upbound in Seattle.

A few weeks ago, I had to make a very difficult decision; today (Friday the 11th) will be my last day at Alaska Airlines. I have been able to call this incredible company home for the past three years. It’s not an exaggeration when I say these have been three of the best years of my life. Over these years I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with some of the finest engineers and staff I’ve ever known. Every day I would come into the office feeling as if I was tackling problems and challenges with good friends, whose support and comradely made even the most stressful challenges achievable. During my time at Alaska, I’ve had to opportunity to present at ChefConf 2018 with my manager and friend Nick Kirschbaum, sharing what we’ve learned in our journey of application automation using Habitat. Our team even won an award for “automating any app, anywhere”. The work we accomplished as a whole within Alaska is something I’m very proud of and very thankful for. I am a better engineer today than I was when my journey with Alaska started in early 2016 and will always be grateful for the time I have called this company my home.

On Monday the 14th, I will begin working as a software engineer at a startup in Seattle called Upbound. I could not be more excited for this opportunity. Upbound blends together some of my biggest passions: foundation of opensource/collaboration, focus on Kubernetes, and a desire to help people run their software wherever they want (not limited to a single vendor/cloud provider). Perhaps what excites me the most is being able to help build something from early on in the game. I am excited to see where we will go and how much we can create.

Words can never truly express my gratitude for Alaska Airlines and my crew over there. My friends always tease me because I am fiercely loyal to specific things. Even to this day, I am still a walking advertisement for Virginia Mason for all healthcare needs after my time as an engineer there, and I know that I will still “bleed Alaska blue” long after I turn in my badge. It has been an absolute honor to be an engineer at Alaska and I am really looking forward to hearing where the organization will go next.

Here’s to the adventure…

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