TJ spent 8 years in the US Navy working as an Aviation Electronics Technician (AT). In TJ's five years of "Sea-Duty" he saw multiple overseas deployments in support of the EA-6B Prowler onboard the USS Enterprise CVN-65, and the USS John C Stennis CVN-74. His final 3 years on active duty he spent teaching component level repair on ALQ-99 Jamming Transmitter Systems in support of the EA-6B Prowler at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington. Upon receiving an honerable discharge TJ went back to his home state of Kansas where he continued his aviation career with Cessna Aircraft Company as a flight line avionics technician, and later the flight department avionics lead. TJ left Cessna for a time and found himself teaching once again, only this time at Spartan College of Aeronautics in Tulsa, Ok. He was awarded Spartan's Educator of the Year in 2012. TJ then returned to Cessna to play an integeral role in the program startup of the Citation Mustang M2. TJ has now been with Avidyne since June of 2014. TJ has an FAA Airframe and Powerplant Certificate, and is currently working on his Bachelor's Degree at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.