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Ambitious, strategic, and outside-the-box technology executive with proven success in enterprise planning, technical innovation, startup ventures, IT governance, and business intelligence solutions. Logical, innovative, creative thinker and strong communicator noted for transforming IT organizations and building leading-edge, SOX-compliant enterprise infrastructures and operations in privately-held and publicly-traded organizations. Quality-driven leader with a solid track record of implementing game-changing, disruptive strategies that drive major growth and business. Extensive experience in startup operations, turnaround initiatives, software development, virtualization, cloud computing, and blended open-source / commercial application environments. Open to relocation. 

Work experience

Sep 2007Present

Vice President, Information Technology


Selected to drive strategic vision as executive team member and collaborator, produce strategies to improve client service levels, maximize capital expense ROI, and implement scalability to support the aggressive growth of this real estate and financial services firm. Directed infrastructure, telecom, cloud-computing, support services, web, SEO, extranet, training, and software engineering projects for a portfolio of assets valued in excess of $1.5B. Recruited and directed 25 exceptional team members. Introduced Agile and RAD methodologies which provided full visibility to management as well as a 70% delivery improvement for technology projects. Additional achievements include:

  • Vision, design and implementation of technology strategy, infrastructure, build-out, and staffing for this new organization.
  • Annual reduction in technology recurring expenditures of 1.1MM for ERP systems (Dynamics GP, MRI, and Yardi) vs. outsourcing while delivering improved service levels.
  • Championed VMware technology based private cloud initiatives in 2008, providing the organization with tremendous new capabilities while reducing the company’s hardware expenditures by 80% through virtualization.
  • Internalized support services eliminating outsourcing contracts at a savings >320K per year.
  • Designed and managed software development effort for the company’s unique electronic payables solution, customer-facing web presence and SEO, and electronic payment systems which collected in excess of 24MM in payments during the first year of operation.
  • Proposed, planned, and executed a zero-downtime migration of messaging platform from legacy Exchange 2003 environment to Exchange 2010 utilizing internal resources, saving the company’s assets more than 1MM in consulting and technology services.
  • Defined and implemented the organization’s SharePoint-based collaboration platform, providing a customized, workflow-based, centralized information resource for the entire organization.
  • Introduced Open-Source platforms, architectures, and solutions to the real estate management industry for the first time, demonstrating the viability of this approach with multiple millions in savings and additional revenues each year.
  • Orchestrated migration of the company’s three datacenters to new facilities with a lead time of 30 days while maintaining 100% operational availability. 

Director of Information Technology

America First Apartment Investors, Inc. (NASDAQ:APRO)

Facilitated the company’s spin-off and technology build-out of this publicly-traded REIT operating 35 internally-managed assets throughout the US. Implemented and executed a primary charter for strategic planning and project deployment with the expressed objective of preparing the new company for mergers and acquisitions. Early member of the new company’s management team, charged with oversight of all technology functions, management and modernization of voice/data systems, solutions design, client/server migrations, application development, process automation, and enterprise system implementations. Supervised 15 total staff, including team leads/ supervisors, DBAs, software engineers, contractors, and IT professionals. Major accomplishments include:

  • Implementation and data migration to the organization's new residential management platform (MRI version 4 and Microsoft Dynamics SL).
  • Establishment, implementation, and management of the company's technology infrastructure on a hybrid commercial / open-source model integrating Microsoft, Red Hat Linux, and Oracle database technology platforms.
  • Specification and implementation of a standards-based technology framework for the REIT's managed assets; Internalization of >30 disparate third-party services at a savings in excess of $1.2MM annually.
  • Development of a fully automated electronic payables solution, providing a 70% productivity increase in the accounting group as well as a $220K / year reduction in staffing expense.
  • Spearheaded 3-year strategic plan, standardizing business technologies for establishment and centralization of the company's IT operations, technology infrastructure, and support.
  • Design and implementation of data warehousing and business intelligence systems that centralized data operations and expedited resolution to financial reporting concerns, supplying improved data access to critical financial indicators and real-time data streams for periodic and ad-hoc reporting.
  • Successfully implemented and achieved all strategic initiatives ahead of schedule and under budget which contributed to the successful sale of the company in 2007 with a +25% premium return at $532MM.

Director of Engineering

SpeedNet Services, LLC

Founding member of this private equity funded start-up providing broadband microwave wireless networks and Internet access services throughout the central and western United States culminating in the creation of the largest fixed wireless service provider in North America encompassing 45,000 square miles of service coverage. Designed, deployed, and operated 252 long-range broadcast microwave facilities serving in excess of 26,000 business and residential subscribers utilizing leading-edge wireless and open-source technologies. Recruited, trained, and managed a team of 35 supporting technology and network operations for this innovative, first-to-market, high-tech enterprise. Highlights include:

  • Assumed CTO role as a founding member of the company, with broad responsibilities for oversight of the transition of a technology R&D project to a fully operational, successful high-tech enterprise. Responsible for execution of first-year technology budget >$20MM.
  • Established business technology infrastructure and engineering groups. Spearheaded recruiting, training, and deployment of all core operations and regional field engineering teams in concert with the aggressive business model targets build-out and production operations.
  • Exceeded business target deadlines for selection, planning, and deployment of best of breed wireless, commercial, and open-source technologies to meet the objectives of this unique tech business.
  • Established business-technology processes and metrics resulting in a rapid-deployment model which facilitated the construction of 105 wireless facilities within the first 6 months of operation, all operating at a "five-nines" service availability rate.
  • Successful design, development, and implementation of manufacturing processes for proprietary, custom-designed, environmentally-hardened networking devices.
  • Development of proprietary captive portal technologies providing fully automated customer registration and provisioning resulting in a first-year savings of >$1MM. 

Director of Advanced Development

EarthScan Network, Inc. / Photon Research Associates, Inc.

Principal member of the leadership team tasked with leading the R&D group and advanced development effort in this revolutionary space-imaging / space-communications venture. Conceived as a joint venture between Data Transmission Network and Photon Research Associates, EarthScan Network developed and delivered space-based satellite imaging products for defense and agricultural applications. 


Senior Systems / Software Engineer

Data Transmission Network (DTN Telvent) (NASDAQ:DTLN)

Fast-tracked through roles requiring project management, software development, systems engineering, network architecture and customer-facing responsibilities in a leading satellite communications company providing real-time information to over 150,000 subscribers in North America, Central America, and South America. Successfully assumed broad technical and management responsibilities including strategic initiatives for customers including the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT), Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), and The Weather Channel as well as several start-up initiatives and joint ventures.



Wittmer and Associates

Lormann & Associates
Aug 1988Sep 1993

University of Nebraska at Lincoln