A non-traditional RESUME

by martin reaves

(808) 757-5819

Planet Earth

I want to help you solve challenging problems in creative ways.

And I thought: why limit myself to a boring, black-and-white piece of paper? So I created this online résumé showcasing 10 things I’ve done with my life so far that demonstrate the kind of person I am. It contains 80% more heart than a traditional resume, and includes several cool things to click on. 


While I wasn't able to completely eliminate self-promotional buzzwords and industry jargon, for the most part my experience does speak for itself. I think you'll enjoy reading it.

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trained to become a

World champion skater


BOULDER, CO, 2005 - 2009


At age fifteen I stumbled into the world of slalom racing. Think ski racing, but on a skateboard. At the time, the niche sport was enjoying a renaissance in Colorado, and with naive passion I set out to become a professional competitor. 


A gawky teenager with little natural skateboarding ability, my potential appeared limited - picture Bambi on four wheels. But I chose to stare down my millennial-punk-attitude and cultivate some discipline, focus, and inner strength. You know, like those martial artists are always on about. I took on a training regimen with religious fervor.

Four years later, I found myself traveling the world on the racing circuit, maintaining sponsorships from the top slalom companies, and competing at the highest level of the sport. My racing career culminated with a World Champion title in the Giant Slalom event. The real victory, though, was in learning that incredible feats could be accomplished through discipline and persistence. What motivational postures had failed to teach, this life experience had. And the mastery-oriented mindset I cultivated became a guiding principle for my life.


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Undertook an apprenticeship in

electronic DESIGN



During a summer job in the offices of Zonit Structured Solutions, a Boulder tech startup, an unexpected mentorship began when I befriended Steve Chapel, a brilliant engineer and wizard of electronics. Picture Doc from Back to the Future. Under Steve's tutelage for four years and countless hours of soldering, hacking and tinkering in the lab, I learned the nuances of designing consumer electronic devices.


During this process I played a substantial role in the development of Zonit's flagship product - the Micro ATS - which we brought to market in the summer of 2011. And through osmosis from my mentor, I learned to solve complex problems in creative ways, a journey that culminated in being recognized as a lead inventor on U.S. Patent 10297958.


Through this apprenticeship I gained real-world experience in the start-up world, developed a love for circuits, and absorbed the kind of practical engineering knowledge only a battled-tested veteran like Steve can impart.




graduated from engineering school

first in class



Graduating summa cum laude from the Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) program at Montana State was possible only through application of the discipline I cultivated racing skateboards. Diligence and focus proved an invaluable ally in mastering the challenging curriculum.

The MET program featured 90% of that which makes up a traditional mechanical engineering degree, but with additional emphasis on the practicalities of fabricating and manufacturing designs. That meant plenty of time in machine shops and welding labs turning engineering drawings into actual things.

For my Capstone Senior Project, I joined a multidisciplinary group of students to take on the Integrated Sustainability Building Design challenge sponsored by ASHRAE. The goal was to design a high efficiency, sustainable and architecturally sound building, given specific parameters and building codes. Our project earned the team a first place finish in the competition, and we were flown to ASHRAE’s yearly winter conference to accept the award in Manhatten.









As a kid I dreamed of being an inventor. So, upon gaining the necessary training in engineering, I decided to make that dream come true by designing a light specifically for skateboarding. It was a niche problem for sure, but one close to my heart. Plus: moms loved it.

After partnering with a marketing expert, I created a company, secured funding, and proceeded to develop the Skate Ray using the latest and greatest LED technology. By August of 2014 we had created a highly functional prototype, produced a quirky infomercial, and launched a crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter.

Though the project made some headlines, it was ultimately unsuccessful and our team decided to move on to new ventures. There's a quote about daring to fail greatly, and I believe we did exactly that.




WORKED as an engineer in



Impressed by my work on the Skate Ray, Synapse Product Development welcomed me to their team of expert gadget designers in San Francisco. A satellite office of the Seattle-based company, this team was strategically located to provide design consultation to Silicon Valley's technology companies.

As a Synpase engineer I worked on a handful of projects for the big-name tech giants. Due to non-disclosure agreements, I unfortunately cannot say which companies or what products. But I can say I played a part in the development of some devices you likely own and interact with daily.

Living and breathing what may well have been the peak of technology optimism and start-up madness was an invaluable experience. And though I chose to exit this artificial reality in search of deeper meaning, it was nevertheless an honor and a privilage to work alongside the brightest minds in the tech industry.




learned to survive an apocalypse at

Sailing windward farm



When the owner of an organic farm on Maui took me under his wing, it became clear that I had stumbled into another valuable mentorship opportunity. In addition to learning the nuances of regenerative agriculture, the main focus of the organization's work-exchange program, the owner slash retired sailboat designer George Olivit began passing down to me his extensive knowledge of construction and mechanics.

Our projects included erecting barns, the repair and maintenance of farm machinery, pouring concrete foundations, designing and building a solar-powered aquaponics system, and much more. George's meticulous attention to detail and insistence on doing things properly became my ethos.

By the end of my tenure at Sailing Windward Farm, I had learned the practical life skills largely forgotten by a social media generation - becoming capable of raising poultry, fixing tractors, and everything in between.




Founded and operated Maui's favorite handyman service

Austin martin co.


HAIKU, HI, JULY 2016 - MARCH 2017

A running joke between myself and good friend Austin - a military man with a beard as big as his sense of humor - became reality when I printed business cards reading: We Do Anything. The gorilla marketing campaign was an overnight success. Soon we were operating a thriving business and taking on the island's oddest jobs.

We built chicken coops and custom shelving units and birdhouses. We painted, plumbed, drywalled, and installed appliances. We even cleared a hoarder's garage.


And, most importantly, I got the experience of building and operating a successful company, learning the necessary skills like managing customer relationships, invoicing, scheduling, and book keeping. Though neither Austin nor I were ultimately cut out for a life of full-time manual labor, we maintained an impeccable reputation and loyal following with our clients. I still get hopeful callers on the line to this day.




managed the luxury BNB

Skypoint maui


KIHEI, HI APRIL 2017 - JUNE 2018

Working alongside business executive coach Hutt Bush and renowned architect Greg Bayless, I helped in transforming a multi-unit residence into an upscale destination and thriving hospitality business on Maui's South Shore. SkyPoint became known for offering guests a uniquely refined experience, and made it's way onto the island's short list of places to stay for very special occasions.

Creating and then managing the boutique bed and breakfast provided an opportunity to thoroughly understand the nature of hospitality, and to develop the skills required in running a successful people-centered business. I gained valuable managerial experience working with our staff, honed communication skills, and learned to take ownership of every facet of the business to insure consistently impeccable quality.

The hundreds of glowing reviews from our guests speak for themselves, and are a study in doing things so well that your customers feel compelled to write marketing material for you. Check out SkyPoint's website, designed by yours truly.

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STUDIED the art of traditional

Peruvian shamanism


Inspired by the work of the late Don Howard Lawler, I began an in-depth exploration of the ancient healing traditions of South America. My study over the course of five years and many visits to Peru included substantial experience with the infamous Ayahuasca brew of the Amazon, and more than 1,000 hours assisting an Andean practitioner during a sixth-month-long apprenticeship.

Thanks in part to Michael Pollen, there has been a rise of interest in psychedelic-assisted therapy. My experience in the field has provided a valuable perspective into the promising benefits of the modality, and also insight in avoiding the pitfalls inherent to the work. I have offered pro-bono counseling to many considering dipping their toes into these waters, and provided on-going support for those in need of post-session integration. Please inquire for personal references and testimonials of my work in this field.

One unexpected but quite practical benefit to come out of my five-year-soul-search was developing a love for writing. Half a million words worth of insights from this time live on my hard drive and long to one day become a book. But for the time being, they have begun to slowly trickle out through my writing project Realizing Things.




built a freelance

Web Design Business


Having built multiple websites for my own projects over the years, my friends began asking me to design webpages for them as well. Doing a favor for a friend quickly turned into a freelance web design business that supported my travels between the United States and Latin America.

I discovered that building a great website required understanding and perhaps refining the scope of the business in order to articulate a clear message to customers. My experience in entrepreneurship and start-ups proved to be a substantial ally in this collaboration with my clients.

Through this work I learned to identify the essence of a client's vision and bring it to life. Over several years I have worked on an array of projects for many satisfied customers. For their testimonials, a few examples of my work, and information on my modus operandi, click on the yellow construction worker.


In conclusion:

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”

   ― Robert A. Heinlein

My name is Martin Reaves and I am a human being.


I want to be of service to you or your organization. I want to work on challenging problems that require creative solutions.

If you have read this far and your interest is piqued, I would love to hear from you! Let's start a conversation and see how we can build something valuable together.

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