Michael Hedgpeth

I grew up in Arlington, TX with three brothers in an LDS home. My parents and community taught me the value of hard work, education, and community. We never had a lot of money, but my mom and dad always instilled in me the value of making a difference and leaving a legacy. The values they instilled in me live on in me and are a constant source of guidance for me.

After high school I stayed local and graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems. I graduated four weeks before 9/11 and got a job as a Java programmer at a small workers compensation case management firm just five days before 9/11.

If you remember those times, during my sophomore year in 1999 everyone was going to be rich, during my junior year in 2000 everyone was going to be employed, and during my senior year in 2001 everyone was going to end up unemployed. It was a crazy job market but I bought the best suit a credit card could buy and was fortunate to have people believe in me.

For the next twenty years I have worked in technology, from startups (Aloha Technologies) to midsize (Radiant) to large enterprises (NCR) and finally at a Big Technology company (Splunk).

My wife Annie is my secret to success. She’s creative, hard working, intelligent, and beautiful. She works as a Software Engineer at HashiCorp and our partnership in life is deeper and more exciting than it’s ever been.

I’m seeking a life of meaning. I want to grow to be the best person I can be. Part of that journey must be shared with others. I hope to find like-minded people who can help others find their way to a life that meets their goals on a deep and meaningful level.