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 Product Manager/Producer

Six Sigma / Product Management / Agile SDLC / SCRUM / Project Management / Business Analysis / Strategy / E-commerce / New Media / Social Networking / Streaming Media / Video Production / Video Editing

Speaks the language of Technology, Business, and Media, bridging the gap between them all. Transforms unique and disparate ideas into powerful decision-making knowledge management tools. that will bring value to the organization. Rolls up sleeves to craft compelling stories, award-winning strategy, clear processes, creative visuals, and concise management reporting. Leverages Six Sigma Green Belt skills to lead virtual matrix-managed teams to a consensus-driven solution across business and organizational units that will be a business success and a wise spend. An accomplished public speaker and published author.

Work experience

Feb 2010Present

Associate Producer / Assistant Director / Editor

After Stonewall Productions

Knowledge Management Officer / Associate Producer / Assistant Director / Editor

Determine copyright status and licensing requirements for project footage. Promote in-production film via search engine optimization of web publishing/digital content on social networking sites, blogs, and production company website. Negotiate with potential donors on fundraising for film production. Represent the production company in research visits and interviews at museums, galleries, archives, and libraries. Edit high definition video footage using Final Cut Studio. Leverage left brain analytic and right brain artistic strengths to creatively animate still images using Adobe After Effects, Apple Motion, and Cinema 4D.

  • Developed workflows and versioning standards for group editing and collaboration on film scripts and edited film segments.
  • Enabled remote collaboration on scripts, still images, video footage, and edited film segments.
  • Builtdigital asset management application using off the shelf technologies.
Oct 2009Feb 2010

Product Development Consultant


IN THE LIFE is seen on more than 246 television stations in the United States and Canada, reaching more than 75 million households.

  • Recommend new product and distribution opportunities
  • Edit Broadcast Video Footage using Apple Final Cut Studio, including sound correction and color correction.
  • Research multimedia content related to current broadcast video projects.
  • Compile digital reference library.
Apr 2009Feb 2010

JumpStart NYC Fellowship Participant

The Levin Institute

Out of 200+ applicants, selected as 1 of 50 participants in inaugural JumpStart NYC Fellowship program. Conceived by New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), JumpStart NYC is new program for recently unemployed New York City financial services professionals. Program goal is to provide tools, skills and opportunities for select group of talented professionals to reposition themselves to contribute to NYC entrepreneurial ventures.

Helping to coordinate and design curricula for 6 JumpStart programs over the next 2 years.

Mar 2005Aug 2009

E-commerce Web Product Manager

The Bank of New York Mellon

Established product vision for institutional electronic banking website. Ensure continual innovation of Securities, Cash, FX, and Platform product components. Ensured integration of acquired company/technologies into product line, using Waterfall software development methodology. Pioneered Agile SDLC methodology for software development, and SCRUM cycles for design of new Adobe Flex based replacement of legacy Java Swing based instruction capture system. Represented divisional interests in enterprise-wide social networking pilot of IBM Lotus Quickr and QuickPlace. Director of Harvey Milk High School mentoring diversity program. 

Six Sigma Process Improvements:

  • Reduced product development costs by over $2.1 million. Facilitated construction of transparent product development process. Harnessed the cooperation and buy-in of key stakeholders across Product, Sales, Account Management, Operations, Implementation, and Technology functions worldwide.
  • Decreased operating expenses by $750,000 per year. Evangelized enhancement request to correct longstanding condition resulting in malformed securities instructions incurring yearly repair fees. Cost to build request was $8,000.

Product Management:

  • Pioneered 5-year Strategic Roadmap. Targeted market opportunities, competitor product offerings, product capabilities, business goals, and existing synergies. Took client-facing instruction management product offering to next level, with vision of competitive superiority. Upgraded product from Java Swing technology to Adobe Flex technology.
  • Created Product Release Marketing Plan. Translated technical accomplishments into intriguing, accessible, polished, and professional collateral materials, generating excitement and communicating ongoing innovation to end-users.
Jun 2009Aug 2009

New Media Product Manager


With more than 130 million broadband subscribers, MediaMerx is a venture-funded start-up syndicating TV shows and movies to Latin America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

  • Co-Produced 6-episode proof of concept for web news and feature show.
  • Grew viewership of 60,000+ in 2-months.
  • Developedeconomically viable business model to put series into mainstream production.
Apr 2009Jul 2009

Business Consultant


Conducted business readiness assessment in preparation for inaugural SAS-70 audit of venture-funded entrepreneurial firm aimed at solidifying framework of Internet, Mobile and IPTV Video. Compiled findings, offering both tactical and strategic solutions for areas in need of improvement for principals of MediaMorph, who include some of most respected and experienced individuals in broadband media and Internet ad serving.

Apr 2006May 2009

Video Producer

The Center
  • Produced over 30 mini-documentaries for televised and online newsmagazine.
  • Trained 2 teams of new volunteers with no prior video experience in Final Cut Pro.
  • Filmed over 17 live events and documentary interviews using Sony PDX-10 video camera, Sennheiser E100 wireless lavalier & handheld microphones, Lowell lighting kit, etc.
  • Certified Manhattan Neighborhood Networks Final Cut Pro Producer.
  • Edited footage using Apple Final Cut Pro, Color, Soundtrack Pro, LiveType, Motion, Avid, and Adobe After Effects.
  • Mastered DVD's and subtitled foreign language footage using DVD Studio Pro.
Jan 2003Mar 2005

Technology Infrastructure Program Manager


Led aggressive 90-day regulatory project with Chief Intellectual Property Counsel to remediate Citigroup electronic communications services to comply with SEC 17-A4 ruling. Led ancillary regulatory projects related to SEC 17-A4, SEC 17-A3, and Sarbanes-Oxley Acts. Liaise with approved electronic archiving vendors. Partnered with General Counsel's office and senior management on resolution of technology related issues. Received personal commendation from CEO, Global Corporate and Investment Banking Group. Coded website in Dreamweaver as acting departmental Webmaster. Senior Business Analyst for Retail Branch Scanning and Viewing projects.

Program Management:

Defended combined revenue at risk of $3.16 billion.  Completed 90-day SEC 17-A4 regulatory project on time, within scope, and under budget. Mitigated risk of potential revocation of Corporate and Private Client Services North America and Investment Management North America's trading licenses, with corresponding loss of annual revenue. 

Jan 1999Jan 2003

E-commerce Web Program Manager


E-commerce Web Program Manager             (2001-2003)

Program managed 8 e-Commerce web initiatives for Americas, Europe, and Asia Corporate Financial Services clients. Conceptualized, iterated, and produced visual wireframe prototypes for interactive input forms and financial reporting. Conducted face-to-face client usability reviews and testing in laboratory environment. Oversaw all UAT testing efforts. Translated business needs into technical specifications. Liaison and Subject Matter Expert between Product Management and Java, Crystal Reports, and Data Warehouse Development. 

Business Leadership & Profitability:

  • Expedited $80 billion asset transfer. Facilitated client transfer of assets held at another custodian, contingent upon timely delivery of web-based securities trade instruction functionality.
  • Increased revenue by $3 million and increased share of wallet by $1 million.  Delivered on schedule and within budget interface to third party vendor platform, resulting in superior product offering and corresponding increased sales in Scandinavia. 
Jan 1993Jan 1999

Electronic Banking Business Manager


Project managed deadline-driven queues of proprietary bank Sybase SQL client-server workstation software fixes and enhancements. Produced custom software solutions and acted as business consultant for global and domestic securities clients. Designed and promoted HTML web site. Sold software to prospective clients using written and oral communications skills. Acted as Interface and Securities Subject Matter Expert between Product Management and C++ Applications Development.

Jan 1990Jan 1993

Relationship Manager, Accounting Team Leader


Managed a department of seven trust accountants. Responsible for staff reviews and promotions. Mentoring and coaching of newly hired accountants. Interface between Trust Accounting and Trust Administration. Forecasted and oversaw annual departmental budget. 

Jun 1987Jan 1990

Early Career History

Citigroup & MONY Financial Services

Progressively responsible positions in Mutual Fund Accounting, Master Trust Accounting, Equitable Share Accounting, ERISA Reporting, and Participant Recordkeeping.


Richard Davis

"Christopher started as a volunteer in Center Media in 2006 and really dived into production. He always sought out additional training and has become a skilled editor, exploring new techniques and using them creatively in the work he does. I notice that he is thorough with the material and really absorbs the content he works with. He became such a good editor that I hired him to train other volunteers. But even when not training he has always been willing to mentor others and share his knowledge. He was a tremendous asset to the program, constantly working and very reliable. Will I work with him again? Absolutely." May 7, 2009

Top qualities: Great Results, High Integrity, Creative                                                   

David J. Ng

"Chris played a key role in the development of Citigroup's enhanced e-mail archiving, retention & supervisory program. Having successfully coordinated an initiative in 2002 to meet SEC's stringent regulation on Rule 17-a4 in 90 days for the mgmt and archiving of all electronic communications, Chris undoubtedly paved the foundation by which the firm was able to meet all its regulatory obligations." May 22, 2006

David J. Martin

"Since taking my digital photography services into video format, Christopher has been a great technical consultant and editor in helping to launch this portion of my business. He keeps current with all the technical gadgets! Patient and easy to work with..." April 13, 2009

Marianna Moneymaker

"Over the past couple of years I have had the pleasure of working with Christopher Dawes as a volunteer producer for Center Media, a volunteer grassroots media project that creates The Center's TV show and podcast, Out at the Center. The show would not be produced if it was not for dedication of members like Chris. The TV show would not have aired in Brooklyn without his commit to the show. He has always displayed the highest level of professionalism with regard to fellow students, volunteers, and colleagues. Chris was one of my best volunteer producers and become an excellent video editor creating segments with strong story lines and points of view. Through Center Media Chris developed his love for non-linear video editing and has surpassed my knowledge with Final Cut Pro software. This love for editing made him our go to video editor for segments and he became a mentor to other volunteers of the program. Chris has produced segments for Out at the Center, has been an extra for paid productions, and has edited over 20 five minute segments for the show. Some segments that he has edited have online viewership of over 400 hits per video. He has continued to pursue video editing beyond the Center and has worked on outside projects with colleagues of the TV show. Chris is creative, contemplative, observant, questioning and is very realistic and mature with respect to his ambitions and goals. All necessary characteristics needed to be a video editor. Chris does have a weakness, his self evaluation. Chris is very critical of himself which drives his dedication, commitment and attention-to-detail to be the very best he can be at whatever task he is performing. And like every good editor, who is self critical, he can look at his work and say 'That was good, but'. I highly recommend Christopher Dawes as a video editor and producer for future assignments. You won't be disappointed." May 15, 2009 

Mike Sid

"Chris came to us via Project Jumpstart. His project was to help us assess our systems and processes in preparation for a SAS-70 Type II Audit. The work was a very short time Chris came up to speed on our company, our systems and our industry (in which he had only limited previous experience). He came up with creative yet disciplined solutions for us which gave me a very clear understanding of the whole process. I'd wholeheartedly recommend Chris for nearly any industry or endeavor." July 6, 2009

Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, Creative                                                   

Mary Ellen McGarry-Cusumano

"Christopher Dawes was an essential part of our Program Management team at Citi. He was enormously detail oriented with excellent communications skills - both written and verbal - with a keen ability to get along with his clients. He followed directions, learned from new experiences and was open to change and new ideas. Chris was an innovative thinker and helped the team document our programs' progress with on line tools and project documents that were detailed and specific. He got along famously with everyone on the team which made him responsive and helpful, particularly during time driven deadlines. I would recommend Chris very highly in any professional role within the Financial Services industry. He has broad experience in project and product management and continues to develop those skills by becoming ceritified in Six Sigma." August 26, 2009 


Sep 1983May 1987


Colgate University
Chairman, Student Affairs Residential Committee. President, La Maison Française (French House). Senator, Colgate University Student Senate.


Rye High School
Managing Editor, Zephyr Art Magazine 1st Chair Cello, Rye High School Orchestra

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Mar 2007Present

Six Sigma Green Belt

The Bank of New York Mellon