Grew up immersed in a small, family-owned, retail business. Learned cultural agility during 3 years in Peace Corps in West Africa. Honed economic and statistical analysis skills at University of Missouri. Building an online diamond and jewelry appraisal system.
I would love to know if I can help you on a project in or around Denver, CO.
Develop a resource to help jewelry consumers know the value of their fine jewelry and diamonds.
I built an online jewelry appraisal platform. This web application uses advanced statistics to give you an estimate of what your fine jewelry and diamonds are worth. Consumers get value estimates instantly and completely online assuming you know some basic information about your piece.
Create and maintain a website that attracts customers to a jewelry studio.
This endeavor pulled me into developing. My dad and I made a pact to maintain our website in-house in an attempt to reduce costs and properly reflect the business. A few years down the road, we have learned quite a bit. Now, the web presence attracts clients daily to the small jewelry studio. For the best jewelry store in Kansas City, visit us.
Develop a wholesale diamond pricing application for the jewelry industry.
My first advanced Ruby on Rails application is a basic web application that predicts diamond prices for the wholesale jewelry industry based on an algorithm I developed. It is quicker and more accurate than any competitor. Learn the wholesale diamond price.
Website Management, Sales, and More.
In 2013, my younger brother cofounded a craft cider company based in Vergennes, VT. Shacksbury craft hard apple ciders are the best. I help with some Colorado sales, website maintenance, and graphic design.
Bioenergy from perennial grasses are a potential source of renewable energy in Missouri.
Agricultural economists and soil scientists received a grant to explore possibilities for bioenergy in Missouri. That grant paid my graduate assistantship and started my research into the topic. The research focused on how government policies including crop insurance affect cropping decisions and direct producers towards growing corn and soybeans. My work also included agronomic work growing switchgrass, miscanthus, corn, and soybean.Results of my research are published here.
After immersing myself in Cape Verdean culture and learning to speak their version of Portugueuse, I organized a number of secondary projects.
My primary work assignment as a PCV was with ASDIS, a local micro-finance institute, and another community-based organization. In addition that work, I orchestrated a few projects including youth summer camps, agricultural trainings, and school garden renovations. A few of my projects including trying to make peanut butter failed, which was a good learning experience but still irks me.