All About Michael

Thanks for stopping by to learn a little more about my background.

Work Experience

I’m currently employed at Twitch as a Salesforce Architect and Engineering Manager.

Prior to that, I spent 6+ years consulting on the Salesforce platform. Over that time, I’ve accumulated a wealth of Salesforce certifications and delivered 3 presentations at Dreamforce, both recognizing my vast knowledge of the ecosystem.

I’ve filled a vast majority of the roles on the delivery side of implementations, working at smaller companies without the separation of responsibilities you might find at a larger company.

  • Technical Architect
  • Solution Architect
  • Business Analyst
  • Developer
  • Administrator

Prior to working on Salesforce, I spent a few years consulting on Documentum, primarily building migration tools and portals on the Java stack.


Currently residing in San Francisco, I grew up in the Chicago suburbs and spent a few years in New York City. I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with a Bachelor’s in Computer Engineering.

Other interesting facts about me:

  • I used to play (and watch) a lot of videogames. Fortunately, I work at a company where this has some professional upside. Unfortunately, being a parent has made this difficult to maintain.
  • I spent most of my life telling people that running was too boring to do as exercise (and being terrible at it). Then my wife wanted to run a marathon; 8 months of training later, and we had finished the 2012 Chicago Marathon. And then she wanted to do another, and we finished the 2015 New York City Marathon. And then for whatever reason, I ran the 2017 Chicago Marathon by myself. I remain terrible at it, but apparently enjoy pain more than I thought.
  • I’m a big Denver Broncos fan, as well as an Illini fan. I experienced both a National Championship (loss) in basketball and a Rose Bowl (loss) in football during my time in Champaign. After graduating, the sports outlook has been a lot more depressing.
  • I have done some woodworking as a hobby, primarily on a lathe or whittling. Here is a throwback to my original blog, where I made a post about my first time using the scroll saw. Now moving into the world of “apartment-friendly” hand tools…
  • I enjoy photography, and intermittently no longer upload photos to 500px or Flickr.