System Integration

Project Managment

System Deployment

Team Management & Development

Software Architecture & Design


Proficient in object oriented programming in Java. Projects include:   Custom Web Site Modules Media Delivery System Desktop Media Downloader and Authorizer Web Services Applications Data Processing Applications    


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Work History

Work History
Jan 2012 - Present

VP, Information Services

Douglas Shaw & Associates

Technical leader and manager for Douglas Shaw & Associates. Duties include consulting with clients on technology and process, bringing new technology to the business, management of resources, budget planning, process definition, vendor management, and reporting.

  • Developed and grew the IT department hiring three new positions to the comany
  • Successfully implemented an ETL engine allowing flexible ingestion of over 30 client databases
  • Led design and implementation of a common database and reporting database creating a single code base that improved quality and scaling.
  • Researched new vendors that progressed to successful client integrations: Exact Target, Silverpop, Site Catalyst (Omniture), Valid (Automated NCOA), Push2Pay (donation payment gateway).
  • Launched 5 sites on the Amazon EC2 Platform with custom written Wordpress modules.
  • Managed Data Analysts, Business Analysts, Project Managers, Software Engineers, and Quality Assurance.
2010 - 2012

Director, Information Technology

LibreDigital an RR Donnelley Company

Manager of technical operations for all of LibreDigital's systems. Duties include management of resources, budget planning, strategy, process definition, and governance. Up to 15 direct reports including Software Engineers, System Administrators, Database Architects, System Architects, and Project Managers.

  • Designed and led overhauls to the company's deployment, monitoring, support, and maintenance strategies bringing service levels back into compliance.
  • Organized department to better track progress and communicate with stakeholders using the Agile methodology in IT.
  • Designed system level solutions and assisted implementation in LibreDigital's hybrid private and public cloud infrastructure
2008 - 2010

Senior Director of Technology

Technology leader for a division start-up inside Zondervan Publishing. Responsible for hiring and developing a team of up to 20 software architects, software engineers, and project managers to build an ecommerce and media platform.
  • Responsible for researching and choosing technologies for the platform within limited time and budget constraints
  • Met with clients and vendors in a technical sales and integration role resulting in partnerships with HarperCollins, Family Christian Stores, Tangle (GodTube), Bible Gateway, and others
  • Web Services Design and Implementation
  • EDI Translation and Transaction Service
  • Adobe Content Server 4 Integration
  • Desktop Multithreaded Downloader and Media Export Application
Dec 2007 - Sep 2008

Principal Consultant


Rules Engines and Business Process Execution Practice Lead - Chicago. Mentored junior consultants and acted as team lead. Participated in technology considerations and estimations for potential clients.Technical Designer for WebSphere 6 Enhancements. Omron omron247.comTeam Lead for Web Services and System Integrations. Sears Holdings

Mar 2002 - Nov 2007

Director of Technology

Calumet Photographic

Responsible for managing all technical projects and resources for development of Calumet's global ecommerce system. Acted as systems architect, designing integrations with enterprise systems, enhancements to the ecommerce platform, and evaluating new technologies for the business.

  • Transformed Calumet's ecommerce system from a legacy framework to cutting edge open source frameworks.
  • Automated import of data from three enterprise systems into the web platform daily.
  • Enhanced ecommerce engine including group pricing and multi-warehousing.
  • Constructing catalog feeds engine for 10 affiliate campaigns with different requirements -,, shopzilla, google base, commission junction, yahoo shopping, and others.
  • Project Lead/Developer for Amazon merchant integration
  • Project Lead/Developer for CNET Integration


Aug 1997 - May 1999

Masters of Art

Eastern Illinois University
1994 - 1997

Bachelors of Music

Eastern Illinois Unitversity



Karin Groepper

It is a pleasure to work with Gordon, a rock star manager and Director of IT. He has a knack for balancing deep technical knowledge with unimpeachable people skills, a rare trait. Results-oriented, his team is always clear about the objectives and goals and how those dovetail into the company's business objectives. He fosters a team atmosphere among his reports while providing a culture of accountability as well as an atmosphere where everyone strives to contribute their best. It's been impressive to watch how he has increased IT's visibility throughout the organization by insisting on accessible transparency into our group and our activities. He won over skeptics by implementing Agile methodologies into the IT organization, run with daily scrums, a clearly prioritized backlog, and productive sprints. Under his leadership, IT is now considered a partner with our stakeholders, and they trust us to deliver solutions and results. Gordon excels at being the well-informed voice of calm and reason when issues are escalated, and this gift makes him the perfect person to represent our group to our internal clients. He is a keen listener who is able to see all points of view when there is conflict, and then offer a reasonable solution with buy-in from the group at large. Lastly, as a manager, you will find none better. Gordon inspires his team to willingly contribute 150%, while making sure they are given frequent feedback and that their extra effort is acknowledged and rewarded. He effectively handles personnel issues directly but tactfully, inspiring the person in question to strive higher. He's not a micro-manager, yet his team's performance is above par. I cannot recommend Gordon highly enough, and any organization would be instantly more valuable with his addition to their team.

Shay Hoffmaster

Gordon's high competency in IT, technical depth and breadth of knowledge, and ability to stay up-to-date with the latest in technology are all great traits, but his leadership skills are his distinguishing characteristic. Gordon is a leader, showing all the aspects of great leaders; leading his team to success, collaborating with and positively influencing his peers, listening to the experts to augment his own skill and experience, timely removing roadblocks, acting thoughtfully yet decisively, and maintaining optimism and calm in calamitous situations. That's just scratching the surface, because anyone who has worked with Gordon also knows he's easy to talk to, listens well, and is passionate about doing the right thing. It was a pleasure working with Gordon and I highly recommend him for any leadership role, technical or otherwise.

Michael Schulz

Gordon is respected leader at Calumet Photographic. He is a take-charge person who is able to develop and present creative ideas and communicate the benefits. He has successfully created several development plans for the Calumet Photographic global e-commerce website as well as several other key technology initiatives. These successfully implemented plans have resulted in increased revenue and a more efficient information technology department. One of Gordon’s key strengths is his ability to identify new technology trends and their benefits to the company. He also places great importance in motivating and mentoring of his direct reports. I highly recommend Gordon for employment. He is a visionary and team player and would make a great asset to any organization.

Albert Lopez

Gordon was a key member of my technical leadership team. He was critical in our turnaround effort to stabilize, extend and re-architect a legacy infrastructure that had been pushed to to its limit as the digital publishing marketplace and industry experienced tremendous growth. He personally contributed to solving technical challenges, while leading his team with passion.

Tim Close

Gordon has an exceptional talent for designing software and infrastructure that takes both an architectural and business perspective into account. He has an exceptional level of dedication to accompany his talents, and was an extraordinary member of my team. Given the chance, I'd hire him again in a second.