Financial qualification exams preparation provider for broker dealer firms regulated by FINRA.
VP, Technology 2017 - Present
Reporting to CEO, responsible for all technology changes that will serve new exam restructure set forth by regulating authority.
- Completed several NIST cybersecurity assessments required by current and prospective broker dealer clients to ensure vendor compliance set forth by regulator.
- Achieved accreditation pre-qualification with US Department of Education authority by writing inquiry and pre-application submissions that established congruence with eligibility requirements.
California Southern University
Regionally accredited, online university offering degrees at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels.
Chief Technology Officer (CTO, downsized) 2016
Reporting to University President, managed $5M P&L for software engineering, devops, QA, business intelligence, product management and technical support of student learning and back office systems including ERP.
- Wrote 3-year technology strategy plan for University Steering Committee with objectives, measures of progress and course of actions that achieves University KPIs and supports emerging business model and cash flows.
- Performed audit of technology invoices and reduced YoY technology costs by $357K by replacing infrastructure team with DevOps role, renegotiating contracts with vendors and replacing on-premise implementations with open source alternatives and cloud service equivalents including writing serverless functions in Node.js.
- Formed and held committee chairman role that lead to defining next‐generation distance learning environment following learning consortium interoperability standards to deliver interconnected learning, administrative, CRM and ERP systems.
University of California, Irvine
Top 50 public co-educational research university.
Teacher 2005 - 2015
Information Technology teacher for the University of California, Irvine Extension
- Created 10-week curriculum for Object-Oriented Analysis and Design course that teaches students how to design complex software by eliciting technical requirements, creating UML diagrams, applying design patterns, calculating metrics and overall software best practices.
Subsidiary of Euronet Worldwide (EEFT), provider of financial services and 3rd largest money transmitter worldwide.
Senior Manager, Product Development and Technology (2013 - 2015, relocation) 2010 - 2015
Development Manager (2010 - 2012)
Reporting to General Manager, managed $1.5M P&L and created 'Payment-as-a-Service' global money transfer platform.
- Hired 11 full-stack, front-end, devops and QA teams to re-build www.riamoneytransfer.com using RESTful services scaled by a cloud infrastructure and achieved number 6 sales ranking in 200,000+ agent network.
- Drove first Ria Digital white label integration with Boost Mobile’s mobile wallet app for Android and iOS. With a successful integration resulting in YoY growth of 985%, expanded Ria’s service by integrating into Sprint’s Money Express mobile wallet.
- Researched and evaluated potential technology and product opportunities within the digital payments landscape including Bitcoin / Blockchain and scanning for potential acquisitions / strategic partnerships. Includes defining e-commerce policies that qualified Ria to become a financial service provider for Walmart.
Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company
Leading independent fund of hedge funds investment firm managing over 11 billion in assets.
Systems Architect 2007 - 2009
Hired and led a team of developers in the creation of proprietary Risk Management applications.
- Collaborated with senior management on the redesign direction and led the implementation of the new Risk platform with Security Master in order to achieve same-day processing of position data allowing managers to view portfolio holdings when data is received from a fund manager.
- Implemented test-driven development, SQL object version control and nightly builds of SQL Server databases to allow proper and thorough testing, change management and deployment of database changes to production environment.
- Introduced the Agile SCRUM process for the Risk Data team and managed the team's software development lifecycle including deriving product backlog items, assigning sprint work items to developers and conducting sprint plannings.
2nd largest social networking website with over 200 million users internationally.
.NET Engineer 2006 - 2007
Lead developer for Localization and Video teams
- Acted as ScrumMaster for several sprints within an Agile Software Development environment. Duties included leading projects, assisting developers and resolving impediments.
Largest managed healthcare services company in the US with over 70 million individuals nationwide.
Senior Systems Analyst (2002 - 2006) 2000 - 2006
Systems Analyst (2000 - 2004)
Lead web developer for pharmacy benefits website, RxSolutions.com
- Hired mid-level web developers and led the development of key eCommerce features of consumer website including formulary, pharmacy locator and more that allowed customers to pay, refill and place new prescriptions for mail order.
- Created Over-the-Counter (OTC) product web pages for consumer website including sale price configuration mechanism, CMS integration, out-of-stock notifications and shipping discount algorithms that lead to fewer deployments, improved product administration and higher usability resulting in record number of OTC sales.
- Performed project management duties during the entire SDLC of projects including requirements analysis and architectural design to generate system requirement specifications. Documents created defined HIPAA requirements and adhered to Sarbanes-Oxley compliances.
1996 - 2000
Deloitte and Touche, Shell Oil Company, University of California, VA Hospital