I am the founder and president of Renkara Media Group. We build AccelaStudy, an accelerated learning platform with millions of users.

My long form CV is here.

I publish a (mostly) weekly newsletter of interesting articles, videos, and products called The Weekly Edge on Revue.

I write the occasional opinionated technical article on Medium.

 

I grew up in a neighborhood called Sunset Lake outside of the town of Carlock, Illinois, population 400. I went to Carlock Elementary School and then Parkside Junior High School. I went to University High School. I attended Illinois State University and DePaul University.

I've lived in Bloomington, Normal, and Peoria, Illinois. In 2000, I moved to Chicago. I lived in a condo at 600 South Dearborn for awhile. It is also known as the Transportation Building and was the headquarters for Eliot Ness and the Untouchables during Prohibition.

I proposed to Ahu on top of the Eiffel Tower in January 2001. We got married on top of the Sears Tower in Chicago on March 23rd, 2002 and went on an epic honeymoon.

Our son Karl was born in November, 2008. Our son Connor was born in April, 2010.

Karl and Connor Leaving Illinois to Live in Texas

Karl and Connor Leaving Illinois to Live in Texas

Ahu and I and the boys used to live in Inverness, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. We moved to Texas in August 2014 and now live in a small town called Westlake. We moved to Westlake so our sons could attend Westlake Academy, an International Baccalaureate charter school that frequently ranks in the top 50 schools in the United States.

 

I was a bodybuilder, a track cyclist, a triathlete, a rock climber, and an Olympic weightlifter. Now I do yoga and play in the mud mosts years at the Tough Mudder. 2017 will be my first time at the Dallas Tough Mudder.

Brothers Laughing Through the Tough Mudder

Brothers Laughing Through the Tough Mudder

 

I was a Red Cross-certified lifeguard at the Four Seasons Club in Bloomington, Illinois during high school and college.

Although I completed the coursework, pool sessions, and open water session to become a certified PADI Rescue Diver, my certification paperwork was not filed 25 years ago due to a missing CPR certificate and so I have to retake the course. Until then, I have current PADI certifications in Advanced Open Water and Deep Diving. I received excellent instruction from Midwest Diving Specialists in Normal, Illinois. I am a member of the Divers Alert Network (DAN).

 

I am an autocross enthusiast and haved raced in the 2012 Porsche 911 S, the 2015 Porsche Boxster GTS, and am currently racing the 2013 Porsche 911 4S. I'm a member of the Porsche Club of America - Mavericks Region and I do autocross events with the Equipe Rapide sports car club in Dallas/Fort Worth.

I'm training to race at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas and hope to one day do some hot laps on the Nürburgring in Germany. In preparation for that day, I am working towards the necessary 1,000 laps on the virtual Nürburgring track in Forza 6 on Xbox One.

2013 Porsche 911 S, November 2013

2013 Porsche 911 S, November 2013

Autocross 4, May 2015

Autocross 4, May 2015

2013 Porsche 911 4S, April 2017

2013 Porsche 911 4S, April 2017

 

In June 2017 I became a member of the National Rifle Association and am starting on some marksmanship classes. I do live in Texas after all. Before you know it, I'll be wearing cowboy boots and a 10-gallon hat.

I'm considering enrolling at Texas A&M University to pursue a graduate degree in Computer Science.

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