Gavin is a North Carolina licensed professional mechanical engineer with 30 years of engineering experience, 3 years of which were spent implementing a Pro/Engineer based design system for a machinery manufacturer. Prior to that, he worked as a technical gas services rep for the gas company and as engineering manager at an OEM machinery company. Since starting his engineering company, Solid Engineering, in 1997, he as worked with clients from around the country in industry segments such as fiberglass, tires, plate glass, various industrial equipment OEM's, food production, furniture, hydro services, aerospace and building products. He has always used computer based technologies and in 2007 added an IT services division to his company. He has been involved with the operation of the Pro/Users of the Carolinas regional users group since 2003. As a native of the Pacific North West, his hobbies include backpacking, mountain biking, rock climbing and fishing.