1.) How did you get your start with gaming?
One of my earliest memories is of myself at maybe 4 or 5 years old sitting on my father’s lap as he was playing Duke Nukem on his computer in our old apartment. From then on I was hooked and the first game I played myself was Super Tennis on the SNES.
2.) What have you learned offline that has helped you online?
The principles that I was raised on such as pride, family, honor etc. but also my work ethic. I have always pushed to achieve my goals and to never settle or become compliant. I also work as a construction manager outside of the organization and that helps me immensely with my organizational and logistical skills as well as leadership in a whole.
3.) What led you to create/found your gaming organization?
I found myself alone playing Battlefield 3 back in 2011 and desired companionship and to play with like minded people. Battlefield 3 had a feature back then called “battlelog” and “platoons” that allowed us to create a structured gaming environment and the rest is history.
4.) What would you like the future of your gaming org to look like?
We strive to push the envelope and never rest; I don’t think we could ever settle or decide one day that enough is enough, so winning world titles and becoming a streetwear brand is absolutely on our plate and with the success of achieving a Pro Gears of War team we are certainly on our way.
5.) What is one thing you learned that you think other org leaders should know about leadership?
I believe that leadership is much more than an iron fist, through my work experiences leading people and my experience within PDHM I have found that one should strive for the love, respect and admiration of your people and not to be feared. I can safely say that these guys that have been with me the longest would do anything for me because they know I would do anything for them. I am in charge of 200 people on a job site and 500 people in our Org and community, I try my best to know everyone on a first name basis and if you think you are better than that you should humble yourself because you are not that important.
6.) What was the hardest thing you have had to do as a leader? How did you manage it?
At first having to deal with situations that involved removing toxic people or “problem” people were very difficult for me. Eventually it became easier and you realize along the way that it is for the better because although you might want to keep that one person on board, they could very well be affecting 20 whom want to leave because of them.
7.) Is there a gaming or sports “celebrity” you wish you had in your alliance?
Although I’m sure he is everyone’s go to, honestly the only person I can think of would be Hector Rodriguez, I would love to be able to speak with him and pick that guys brain for a while.
8.) If you weren’t in gaming what would your dream job be?
MMA fighter, Artist (Painter), Musician, Professional Surfer or a Blacksmith
9.) When you aren’t online what are you passionate about?
Painting, Music, Whiskey, Cigars, History, World Cultures, Surfing
10.) The famous question! What animal would you be if you had the choice?
I would have to say a Gorilla probably, they seem to be strong leaders and always protect their group.