Robert Maddrey

robert-maddrey-400x400Born and raised in Tampa, Florida I am a second generation native Floridian who grew up in the quiet upper middle class suburb of Carrollwood in Northwest Hillsborough County. A second generation graduate from the University of South Florida I followed in both of my parents’ footsteps and acquired degrees in both Management Information Systems, History and Political Science. I even minored in British Lit as an homage to my mother who indoctrinated me into the wise words of British poets like William Butler Yeats from a very young age. I am now a proud alumnus of the University of South Florida who enjoys being part of the alumni association (Atlanta Chapter) and rooting our USF Bulls football and basketball teams.

In 2011 after 9 years of “dating” I married the lovely Laura Maddrey (formerly Laura Seymour) of Deland, Florida with whom I’ve enjoyed sharing nearly each and every day of my adult life. My greatest advocate, biggest supporter and most honest critic, Laura is the best wife (I know everyone says that, but it’s true) a man could ever hope to have as his partner in adulthood. Bleeding heart animal lovers we have 5 cats and 1 very crazy dog all of whom were rescues. Our furry family, they’re all unique and very much an integral part of our lives.

2016, was an interesting year that ushered in some dramatic changes for our tiny family. In January I found out that I was going be laid off in April along with my entire department following a recent private equity acquisition of Seaway Plastics. Having been offered severance it was at once a terrifying and liberating time for us, and we turned it into an opportunity to explore job-markets outside of Florida. By May of that year, we had our house in Tampa on the market and had relocated to metro-Atlanta where I had accepted a job offer with an Atlanta based medical manufacturer. 

Then came 2017…and after a long wait on October 12th, my wife and I were very happy to welcome our beautiful Cora Oliva Maddrey into the world. Suffice to say life has never been the same since and there is not a day that goes by that I do not enjoy being a dad to our smart, patience and adorable little girl.  

In 2003 Laura and I co-founded Down Shift Magazine and I suppose more accurately, DSH, LLC the parent company of Down Shift Magazine. Born out of a mutual love of cars and autosports (we met at a Z club meet-up in Gainesville, FL when Laura was attending UF) and a desire for a creative outlet for both ourselves and our friends it’s been a fun 10+ years of shooting races, meeting celebrities and getting to work with some of the nation’s best models, photographers and motorsports enthusiasts. A graphic designer by trade and college education Laura has always handled all of our design needs with the magazine and in 2015 she began offering those services full time working at home for our company DSH, LLC exclusively. I am proud to say she has grown that part of the business exponentially and continues to impress me with each client and campaign she takes on. Additionally, building on my 16+ years of experience in the IT industry I offer my consulting services to a number of clients in my off-hours and free time.

An avid reader (when I can find the time) I most recently completed  Erik Larson’s “Devil on the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America” and Dennis Lehane’s “Live By Night.” I’m not sure what is next on the reading list having resisted the urge to read Fire and Fury and the rest of the current crop of political exposes. Perhaps a re-read of Alexandre Dumont’s Count of Monte Cristo…a book I fell in love with in 8th grade and have never found the time to pick back up as an adult.