To produce compelling analysis and visualizations that help drive insight and action, and to constantly improve my skills through the adoption of new methods and tools. I want to see the world of analysis become more visual, regardless of the underlying data set, so that information becomes more attractive and accessible for all users.
In addition to analysis and visualization, Ken likes to spend time listening to jazz, attending family activities, cooking, drinking wine, and sampling the output of Michigan microbrews.
Ken is a highly skilled, motivated, and creative information analyst and visualization professional. He has a broad skill set that encompasses not only traditional business standards such as Microsoft Office, Cognos, and SAS, but also a wide range of open source tools such as d3, RapidMiner, Orange, SpagoBI, JasperServer, and BIRT.
I believe learning should be a lifelong pursuit, so I am always seeking ways to expand my expertise. This may come from learning new skills such as a programming language, or from proficiency in learning and using new tools. In addition, it is critical to be exposed to multiple influences and viewpoints; this can be done by reading new publications in print or on the web.
2003 - Present
OnStar by GM
My work at OnStar has involved many areas of the business, including subscriber retention, service usage patterns, campaign response measurement, subscriber loyalty, and hundreds of special projects.
Over the course of my time at OnStar, I have used a variety of tools to successfully handle hundreds of requests, including Oracle, SQL Server, Excel, PowerPoint, SAS Enterprise Guide and Enterprise Miner, Cognos PowerPlay and Cognos 8. In addition, I have mentored others within the company on using Excel and other tools to become more productive.
Most recently, I have been seeking to drive the analysis in a more visually-oriented direction, using any and all tools at my disposal.
2002 - 2003
Worked as a campaign analyst, analyzing and presenting results to senior management. Used a range of tools including Cognos PowerPlay and Impromptu, Excel, and PowerPoint.
2001 - 2002
Marketing Systems America
Developed automotive sales forecasts using proprietary tools.
1995 - 2000
The Polk Company
Analyzed and presented results on new and used vehicle sales, as well as vehicle park information.