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Christopher Barber

An exceptional, multifaceted, executive, strategist and technology professional who has transformed companies in a variety of industries, including the Investments, Banking/Credit Union, Software Development and Automated Trading. Award-winning Chief Information Officer. • Versed in the latest advances in technology software and hardware.

Work experience

Jan 2015Present

EVP & CIO

CommonWealth Business Bank

Responsible for Technical leadership that drives innovative product development, leverage technology to enhance the customers experience in a collaborative approach all to drive the company’s strategic initiatives

  • Successfully lead the conversion of the bank’s CORE system from Fiserv Premier to FIS IBS including all associated products and service
  • Enhanced the Cybersecurity posture of the bank to be in compliance with new FFIEC requirements, Social Engineering Testing and Third Party
  • Created a new mobile strategy for online banking, Mobile Video Teller, Real-time Loan Approval, Loan Origination, Online Account Creation, Mobile Banker support for Internal Staff
  • Pursue a technology strategy that aligns with our business to continually enhance growth, acquisition, process, products, services and customer experience.
  • Work diligently with Auditors and Examiners to ensure that the Technology Organizations adheres to all the State and Federal regulatory requirements
Apr 2013Dec 2014

CTO

American Legal Net

Lead the Software Development Team in a .NET/C# - Waterfall/Agile environment through design, development, QA Testing and User Acceptance to deliver high quality legal software product to the market place.

Chief Technology Officer

In partnership with the CEO, responsible for establishing the company’s technical visions, developing the product roadmap and leading all aspects of the company‘s technology development.

Accomplishments

  • In partnership with the company’s founders, identify opportunities and risks for delivering the company’s services as a web-based business, including identification of competitive services, opportunities for innovation, and assessment of marketplace obstacles and technical hurdles to the business success.
  • Identify technology trends and evolving social behavior that may support or impede the success of the business.
  • Evaluate and identify appropriate technology platforms (including web application frameworks and the deployment stack) for delivering the company’s services.
  • Lead strategic planning to achieve business goals by identifying and prioritizing development initiatives and setting timetables for the evaluation, development, and deployment of all web-based services.
Sep 2010Apr 2013

CIO Consultant

CIO-4-Hire/Antillus Personnel Solutions

As an interim CIO, we can serve businesses short-term needs for Technology Leadership. I work with your existing IT staff and Senior Management to improve the over all performance, leadership and efficiencies of your organization. We can tailor a program to fit your needs, addressing as many of the topics below as appropriate. My experience will serve you well in these areas and more.

We are currently working with other institutions on short term assignments, a few days each week, in the following areas:

1. Staff and Systems Evaluation and Assessment

2. IT Staff Leadership Training

3. Exploring New Technology and Infrastructure Options

4. Exploring Opportunities for Efficiencies

5. IT Staffing

Feb 20042010

SVP Enterprise Strategies & CIO

WesCorp

Responsible for the leadership, strategic direction and creation of a visionary approach to align IT and business development in support of the $32B financial services company’s strategic initiatives.  Collaboration with; Investments, Portfolio Mgmt., Broker Dealer, Payment Systems and Liquidity Solutions

  • Aligned the companies three year strategic technology path by instituting data integration, business intelligence and eChannel solutions
  • Aligning to our corporate strategy of product differentiation, lead the charge for Data Mining, Mobile Banking, Social Networking, Web/POD-casting and Portal technologies allowing access where and when our clients want
  • Motivated and lead Merger and Acquisition team through due diligence and regulatory compliance process in the acquisition of $1 billion Corporate Credit Union
  • Transformed check processing function from paper-based to Check21, image based operation
  • Designed an exciting new Client Experience Evaluation process to evaluate and improve all of the major touch points the client has with our organization
Nov 1999Oct 2003

SVP & CIO

GlobeNet Capital Corp.

Senior executive, with unique Business and Technological cross-functional perspective, successfully leading Software Development, E-commerce, IT Infrastructure, Operations and Integration to create an innovative and differentiating environment

  • Conceived and designed innovative interactive E-commerce B2B Order Management System with true point-and-click order entry capability, aggregated order books and virtual order books consolidation allowing users to reach large pools of diverse liquidity from a single source
  • Designed and managed development of Internet-based “GNET Market Center” allowing clients to visit company eChannels and view multiple Order Books, Market Summary, Last Sale information and Top 50 Lists
  • Relentlessly researched industry regulators such as NASD, NASDR, and SEC to understand the maze of regulations required to operate an ATS and ECN. Provided Cross-Functional input to all department heads regarding customer needs, clearing, reporting, legal and marketing
Nov 1997Oct 1999

Director of Information Technology

Prudential Vector Securities

Reporting to the COO, responsible for building strategic alliances between top management and the IT group, strategic planning, leveraging existing technologies and exploring new technologies

  • Conceptualized innovative On-line, Ecommerce Trading System that allowed our Retail and Institutional clients to purchase OTC stocks and download financial statistics on companies in which we Made a Market
  • Chaired senior management team that designed Vector Securities and Vector Fund Management’s interactive Web Sites including, On-line registration, Content, Interface, Search Engines and Back-end Databases for multi-million dollar projects
  • Authored Vector Securities Year 2000 Compliance Plan. Worked with outside auditors to ensure plan met the SEC regulation.
May 1988Oct 1997

Director, Global Software Development

Mercer Investment Consulting

Responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of the company’s global financial application development efforts.

  • Collaborated with nearly every major U.S. and Western European bank to designed and developed over fifty data conversion systems allowing bank information to be translated and manipulated into proprietary databases format and reduce human data entry by 80%
  • Designed and developed a Multi-Currency Exchange System that allowed a many-to-many conversion of all globally traded currencies allowing Asset Managers to calculate rates of return on client's portfolio’s regardless of their native currencies
  • Designed and developed Performance Evaluation Reporting System using proprietary DLL's and OLE automation to manipulate Excel and Word applications to create client ready financial performance reports. Allowed MICI to increase business by 40% with no additional staff
  • Played a key role in centralization of MICI Performance Evaluation Processes Consulted with field offices, Global Resource Group and upper management on centralization conversion strategy. Implemented necessary system modifications to handle a centralized facility reducing staff costs for the firm by over $2 million annually

Education

Masters of Business Administration

DePaul University

Bachelor of Science

Central Michigan University

Mobile Technology

Portal Technology

New Breeds of Solutions

Detailed Resumes

Committee Experience

- WesCorp Credit Committee

- Asset Liability, Supervisory Committee

- IT Leadership Academy

- CIO Executive Summit Console

- National Association of Federal Credit Union Technology Counsel-

California/Nevada Credit Union League Security Counsel

Leadership

- Effective Team Leader

- Business Focused- Strategic Thinker

- Led a Startup Tech/Trading Org.- Executive Management Liaison- Creative Solutions for Bus. Issues- Leadership in Multiple Disciplines

- Strong Delivery Focus- Mobilize Teams and Individuals

Professional Recognition

Summary

Chris Barber is a Chief Information Officer with over 25 years experience excelling in strategic planning, process improvement, and reengineering of key business processes. He is an executive business leader who has the ability to leverage technology to help companies differentiate themselves.

Mr. Barber was formerly Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at WesCorp, a corporate credit union headquartered in San Dimas, California. WesCorp is a financial services company with more than $32 billion in assets. For six and a half years he served as CIO at WesCorp, the biggest corporate credit union in the United States where we were pushing some exciting initiatives in mobile banking, data warehousing technologies, business intelligence and analytics, check image warehousing and delivery systems, Webcasting and Podcasting to name a few.

He also served as SVP and CIO for GlobeNet Capital Corporation, an innovative firm that developed and operated electronic trading systems (who's technology now supports the NYSE). He also held leadership positions with Vector Securities as Senior Technology Officer and with Mercer Investment Consulting as the Director of Software Development for their Global Resource Group.

Mr. Barber is an entrepreneurial and visionary leader accomplished at leveraging enabling technologies to gain competitive advantage. A skilled communicator, team builder and collaborator who maximizes efficiencies and productivity through boosting employee morale and performance.

      - There are no such things as Technology Projects, only Business Initiatives that leverage Technology

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