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Record of turning around outdated, underperforming, and unstable IT operations. Exceptional cross-cultural experience, including working with 50+ nationalities in current role.

Visionary strategist with 15+ years' IT experience, including 12 years in leadership roles in both industry and higher education capacities. Passionate problem-solver who thoroughly enjoys rolling up sleeves to tackle complicated problems as well as identifying and capitalizing on technology's value to ignite business improvements.


  • Solution Design & Implementation
  • Process & System Improvements
  • Team Building & Leadership
  • Enhanced Operating Efficiencies
  • Technical Training & Mentoring
  • Customer & User Satisfaction
  • System Integration & Consolidation
  • Project & Program Management
  • Requirements Gathering

Technical Skills

ERP & Business Systems: Oracle Based, Sungard Banner, Sungard Luminis, Blackboard

High Availability Data Resources: Network Appliance, Sun, EMC, Veritas, DataDomain

Network Design: Cisco, HP ProCurve, Palo Alto Networks

Datacenter Design: Power, Servers, Networking

Account Management Streamlining: MS Active Directory, OpenLDAP, Sun LDAP, OpenDirectory

Thin Client Computer: SunRay, MS Terminal Services

Operating Systems & Services: Sun Solaris, MS Windows, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Apple OSX, HP-UX

Cisco Digital Media Solutions: Video Portal, Digital Signage

Virtualization: VMWare vSphere, Solaris SunZone

Work experience

Feb 2001Present

Director of Information Technology

American University of Sharjah

Joined 8-year old university experiencing lack of continuity, vision, and stability due to previous revolving door 

of 5 IT Directors in 5 years. Challenged to reconnect Central IT with faculty/students to heighten overall user experience and establish university as leader in new technology use. Oversee 25-member team providing core IT services and $6M (plus projects) budget.

Impact: Developed highly synthesized IT operations that reallocated expenses into investments and resulted in improved service availability.

  • Introduced training/mentoring program for all interested IT staff that eliminated dependency on external contractor and lowered consulting fees by over $100K.
  • Rebuilt faculty/student trust in Central IT by establishing solid reputation for regular communication and systems stability.
  • Introduced a multitude of new technologies that established university as technology leader in the region.
  • Implemented strict rule that staff needed to demonstrate true value of potential purchases before buying, resulting in thoroughly reviewed technology and clearly identified requirements prior to procurement. 
Feb 2001Feb 2005

Systems Engineering Manager

University of the Pacific

Hand-selected to re-organize, reintegrate, and update technology on multi-campus university. Steered team of 

7 local systems engineers supporting Windows, UNIX, and Novell systems. Assimilated remote campuses into  the university-wide service model by providing technical expertise. Controlled $2-3M annual budget.

Transformed decades-old environment into highly efficient, leading-edge tools/systems, and thus enabled engineers to focus on improvements instead of maintenance and troubleshooting.

  • Minimized conflict and redundancy between independently operating campuses and schools by establishing task force to jointly research and select right solutions for each division.
  • Regained trust from academic community in ability to deliver solutions and provide critical services by initiating ongoing conversations with key faculty members.
  • Established university as cutting-edge technology leader by personally introducing 5 new technologies (all new to the West Coast and 2 new to the U.S.). 

Computing Support Services Manager - West Coast

Avaya Communication

Initially hired as a systems engineer and earned two quick promotions within 3 months. Inherited overburdened team of 20+ technologists supporting all core IT services, including desktop support, network, servers, telecom, structured cabling, web development, databases, applications development, and ERP support. Retained after spin-off of Avaya to manage one of the largest corporate Avaya datacenters in the US

Stabilized team by serving as an interface to business side during spin-off and thus allowing IT side to become more productive.

  • Navigated team through a challenging transition working cooperatively with all involved parties to achieve desired results.
  • Provided leadership and guidance for datacenter supporting over 9,000 internal customers.
  • Sustained technical infrastructure for thousands of voicemail system customers worldwide.
  • Reviewed data and divided resources for subsequent split of single corporate campus into 2 entities.

MIS Manager

Applied Aerospace Structures Corporation

Recruited as first IT hire to help rebuild technical resources for company recently bought out from BP by private investor. Personally handled and oversaw all facets of IT (except telephony), including network, ERP, database, file services, and email, as lone IT professional for first year and manager for rest of tenure.

Directly impacted company's ability to achieve lofty growth goals, from $20M to $50M in 5 years.

  • Key member of 4-person team assessing and selecting new ERP package; project managed ERP implementation.

Improved shop floor efficiency by leveraging cutting-edge technologies and newly emerging Internet 


Jan 2010Present

Bachelors of Science

Duquesne University


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