Hi, Shaun here.

Photo of Shaun and WyattNo, not the soccer player. And not the children’s performer. Just Shaun Taylor, a 40-something father of two, residing in Raleigh, NC, where the weather is just too nice to leave. Although, as a warm-blooded Yankee, I find summers here exceptionally brutal (almost as brutal as our rightfully-maligned politics). While I’ve lived in this beautiful state for 15 years, I still consider myself a “Yinzer,” growing up in and around the Pittsburgh, PA area.

I’m an executive consultant, focusing on planning, operations, project, and portfolio management, with a background in software development and financial management earlier in my career. My friends would call me technical, but I think of myself as a business-minded individual with an affinity for software and computers.

My personal time is stretched thin among various hobbies, interests, and entrepreneurial activities, but most importantly, I like to hang out with my kids, and be as hands-on as I can with their development and well-being.

I’m quirky, intelligent, sincere, relaxed, and driven.

Hobbies and Interests

Irons in the Fire
Activities
  • Mountain biking
  • Homebrewing
  • Geocaching
  • Hiking and orienteering
  • Swimming
  • Scuba Diving
  • Electronics, Raspberry Pi and Arduino projects
  • Mobile application development
  • Disc golf
  • Guitar
  • Tennis
  • Internet marketing
  • Board and video games
  • Shenanigans
Memberships and Certifications
  • US Masters Swimming (USMS), NC Masters Swimming Club (NCMS)
  • International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA)
  • Southern Off-Road Biking Association (SORBA)
  • Triangle Off-Road Cyclists (TORC)
  • NAUI Certified Scuba Diver
  • Certified Acidified Foods Operations Supervisor
  • Lord of Glencoe, Scotland
  • White Street Brewer’s Guild
  • American Homebrewer’s Association
  • Ordained Minister at Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, Church of the Latter Day Dude, and Universal Life Church
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity
  • For work-related certifications, see my Work page or Resume.

Miscellany

In Google Play
  • The Virginmarys
  • Hanni El Khatib
  • Highly Suspect
  • Band of Skulls
  • The Heavy
Favorite Movies
  • Lord of the Rings series
  • Donnie Darko: “Frankly, I’m beginning to doubt your committment to Sparkle Motion.”
  • Vanilla Sky: “Tech Suppppooorrrtttt!”
  • The Big Lebowski: “This aggression will not stand, man.”
  • Big Trouble in Little China: “This is Jack Burton in the Pork Chop Express.”
  • Knocked Up: “I wish I liked anything as much as my kids like bubbles.”
  • Heat: “What am I doing? I’m talking to an empty telephone.”
  • Shawshank Redemption: “Andy Dufresne, who crawled through a river of shit and came out clean on the other side.”
Television
  • Game of Thrones
  • Black Mirror
  • Silicon Valley
  • Rick and Morty
  • Sherlock (prior to season 4)
Books

I read a fair amount of books. I used to keep a list of my favorites, but there are so many across so many topic areas, so I’ve just decided to keep a reading log. Go here to see what I’ve finished reading and placed back on the bookshelf.

Pet Peeves of the Moment
  • Violation of our Fourth Amendment rights
  • Ex-Governor Pat McCrory, and the NC GOP in general
  • The Executive Branch of the US Government
Malted beverages that I’ve consumed recently

View my UnTappd profile. If you’re also on UnTappd, send me a friend request. One can never have too many drinking buddies.

What’s going on in my career

Connect with me on LinkedIn or check out my consulting firm.

Favorite Jelly Belly flavors
  • Strawberry Jam
  • Plum
  • Raspberry
  • Sour Cherry
  • Juicy Pear
  • Sizzling Cinnamon
  • Red Apple
  • Green Apple
I put that sh!t on everything
  • Avocado
  • Honey
  • Bacon
  • Chipotle paste
Games in rotation
  • Titanfall 2
  • Metal Gear Solid, The Phantom Pain
  • Uncharted 4

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