Adjunct Professor/Course Developer - IT/Cybersecurity @ Hallmark University
Public Speaking @ Private
Master of Science - MS, Information Technology @
Solutions-driven technical leader with 15+ years of success transforming IT and network infrastructures, automating processes, and integrating new technologies to drive efficiency, productivity, and cost savings. Well-qualified with M.S. in Information Technology and extensive background spanning IT/IS Management, Enterprise Architecture, Systems & Network Administration, and Information Assurance & Security. Successful in partnering with stakeholders, management, vendors, and
Solutions-driven technical leader with 15+ years of success transforming IT and network infrastructures, automating processes, and integrating new technologies to drive efficiency, productivity, and cost savings. Well-qualified with M.S. in Information Technology and extensive background spanning IT/IS Management, Enterprise Architecture, Systems & Network Administration, and Information Assurance & Security. Successful in partnering with stakeholders, management, vendors, and teams to clarify and translate business requirements into world-class IT and enterprise solutions with a compelling ROI. Recognized project management skills, routinely entrusted with complex, multi-system projects supporting global military and DoD initiatives. Cross-functional leadership and technical skills; talent for inspiring superior team performance while ensuring 24/7 functionality and support for thousands of users across multiple international locations.
Specialties: IT/IS/Network Management
End-to-End Project Management
Team Leadership & Training
SharePoint Design & Integration
Information Assurance Management
Microsoft Server Architecture
Website Design & Administration
Information Security Best Practices
Strategic & Tactical Planning
Former US Army Cavalry Officer with multiple tours in combat including Iraq and Afghanistan. Awarded Bronze Star and numerous other medals and citations. Retired after 22 years of service that spanned an enlisted and officer career.
Director of IT Infrastructure @ Brace Industrial Group Company, provides a comprehensive list of maintenance and new construction activities to the refining, petrochemical, power and utilities, offshore production and manufacturing, and marine sectors.
This broad spectrum of specialty services includes, but is not limited to, coatings, commercial scaffolding rental and erection services, industrial insulation, abatement services, confined space services, fireproofing, painting and refractory. From June 2014 to Present (1 year 7 months) San Antonio, Texas AreaManager of Client Operations @ Team leader of 5 great client advocates supporting a client base who understands the importance of network security in a time of ever increasing threats and losses.
Founded in 1999, Digital Defense, Inc., is the premier provider of managed security risk assessment solutions protecting billions in assets for small businesses to Fortune companies in over 65 countries. Our dedicated team of experts helps organizations establish an effective culture of security and embrace the best practices of information security. Through regular assessments, awareness education and rapid reaction to potential threats, our clients become better prepared to reduce risk and keep their information, intellectual property and reputations secure. Learn more: http://www.ddifrontline.com/ From February 2014 to June 2014 (5 months) San Antonio, Texas AreaDirector of Operations/Sr Project Manager - Infrastructure @ Directly reports to the SVP-CIO & coordinates activities with the VP/CIO of Infrastructure. The Senior Project Manager and delivery manager for all IT Infrastructure projects. Directly responsible for the management of two major datacenters in Austin and London. Develops IT policy for Change Management and is the CAB Manager for Argo group. Develops strategy and implementation plans for all cloud based and network based efforts. Serves as the incident manager during outages and is the lead coordinator between vendors and both onshore and offshore teams.
Developed led and directed numerous projects including:
Enterprise Network Project: Designed to convert existing PRI connections to digital MPLS/SIP services for 20 locations in the US. Project was estimated to save Argo over $900K over the next three years in improved redundancy and lower costs.
Developed and led a company project to transition L2/Service Desk services to a new offshore RIM company in less than 3 months and with no downtime. This included a worldwide infrastructure team and over 1,400+ clients, 600+ servers, 300+ network devices and a voice network of 1,400+ phones.
Enterprise Security Project: Developed and led an international project team to improve security by introducing Wi-Fi security, enterprise firewall and content filtering, SEIM solutions, Mobile Device Management and IDS/IPS Solutions.
Cloud Initiatives: Developed and planned the effort to migrate the company from on premise Microsoft infrastructure to Office 365. Under my leadership Argo group was enrolled as one of the original 20 US beta testers for the new AT&T Net Bond with MS Azure Services.
Enterprise Storage Project: Led efforts to improve the storage infrastructure by replacing outdated HP storage arrays with a complete EMC solution.
Negotiated major vendor contracts such as ATT, ServiceNow, Windstream, Cisco and Microsoft reducing the costs to the company $400,000 compared to previous contracts. From December 2012 to December 2013 (1 year 1 month) Information Systems & Security Manager @ Provided decisive leadership and direction for IT operations, systems, and network infrastructure supporting U.S. Army South headquarters and thousands of internal/external users. Administered and optimized servers, software, networks, SharePoint and satellite communication systems under mixed computing environments. Managed vendor negotiations and headed analysis, procurement, implementation and support of new technologies and equipment. Oversaw Enterprise Architecture planning and implementation. Monitored and maintained compliance with military and DoD security requirements. Ensured 100% availability of all applications, 24/7 network connectivity and security, and customer service excellence.
Was primarily responsible for the US Army South IT Continuity of Operations Plan and led the project that mplemented 2 large separate SharePoint Farms. From June 2010 to September 2012 (2 years 4 months) Information Systems & Assurance Officer @ One of only 400 Information Systems Management Officers in the U.S. Army, charged with managing and maintaining advanced technical systems, hardware, networks, and information systems supporting 3500+ users, military/combat operations, and the Global War on Terrorism. Supervised, trained, and motivated 22 staff members. Functional adviser to more than 100 IT soldiers within the command. Defined and instituted Information Security and Assurance policies, procedures, and best practices. Oversaw design, installation, and administration of SharePoint, Exchange, and voice/video/real time communication systems. Developed and deployed daily system/network maintenance plans and protocols, ensuring 24/7 connectivity, stability and reliability. From June 2006 to May 2010 (4 years) Student @ The US Army Information Systems School trains the Army's elite IT Managers. Only 45 students are trained each year and no more than 400 Army IT Systems Officers exist throughout the force.
Student courses include, Signal Methodologies and Infrastructure, Wide Area Networks and Satellite Communications, Cisco Certified Network Associate Course, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer Course, SharePoint, Programming (VB-SQL), A+ Certification Course, Senior Security Course, Future Battle Command Combat Systems Course, HP Open-view and Solarwinds Courses. From July 2005 to May 2006 (11 months) Armor Captains Career Course @ The Maneuver Captains Career Course is a military training and education course primarily for U.S. Army infantry and armor officers. The course is 22 weeks long. While the course's students consist mostly of U.S. Army maneuver-branch captains and senior first lieutenants, several U.S. Marine Corps captains and officers from allied nations also attend. MCCC's mission is to prepare students for the leadership, training, and administrative requirements of a successful company commander and for the execution of the tactical planning responsibilities of Battalion S3s.
The company phase is the first of two phases in the program of instruction. Topics covered include doctrinal preparation, where all students are grounded in the latest U.S. Army doctrine. Key references include field manuals covering operational terms and graphics; brigade combat team organization; tactics; offensive, defensive, and stability operations; and maneuver companies and battalions. In the small group setting, students prepare and brief five company-level operations orders, with scenarios drawn from infantry, Stryker, and heavy brigade combat teams. The last brief, known as Battle Forge, is the culmination of the company operations order training; a passing grade is required to move on to the next phase of the course. A concurrent writing and communications program attempts to improve student writing ability and assigns a research paper and other military-oriented writing.
The battalion phase focuses instruction on preparing students to serve on a battalion or brigade staff. Assigned practical exercises and operations orders, students collaborate as a member of a scenario-based staff, rotating through different positions (S-1, S-2, S-3, etc.) during this phase. Four scenarios highlight different types of army battalions operating in varying situations (e.g. full-scale war or low-intensity stability operations). Planning through the military decision-making process underpins this phase. From February 2005 to July 2005 (6 months) Reconnaissance Commander @ Responsible for a multinational team of scouts from the US, Canadian and Romanian armed forces that established the Afghan National Army's Reconnaissance School as well as trained recon companies for the Central Afghan Corps. From January 2004 to December 2004 (1 year) Company Executive Officer @ Responsible for the maintenance & supply program for 15 M1 Abrams tanks valued in excess of $30 million. Acted as commander of a 200 soldier company in the absence of the commander. From March 2003 to January 2004 (11 months) Scout Platoon Leader @ The reconnaissance platoon leaders are experts in the use of organic weapons, indirect fires, land navigation, supporting fires, demolitions, obstacles, communications, reconnaissance, HUMINT collection, liaison, and security techniques. They are familiar with Infantry, Armor, mortar, and combined arms tactics; and be able to react to rapidly changing situations. They also know how to employ sustainment assets that are attached or supporting the platoon. Because of the many missions the platoon is capable of performing, the reconnaissance platoon leader and PSG are proficient in tasks at all skill levels of their military occupational specialty (MOS).
Additionally, they are familiar with the capabilities, limitations, and deployment of surveillance techniques, and reconnaissance security surveillance assets, such as ground sensors and the UAS.
The platoon leader is responsible to the higher commander for the discipline, combat readiness, and training of the platoon; and the maintenance of its equipment. He has a thorough knowledge of reconnaissance and security tasks, and works closely with the higher commander during the mission analysis portion of the planning process. A solid understanding of troop-leading procedures, and the ability to apply them quickly and efficiently in the field are essential. The platoon leader is proficient in the tactical employment of the platoon, knows the capabilities and limitations of personnel and equipment, and is an expert in threat organizations, doctrine, and equipment. From March 2001 to March 2003 (2 years 1 month) Army Reconnaissance Course @ The Army Reconnaissance Course (ARC) is a twenty-seven-day course offered by the United States Army Armor School. Instruction centers around mounted and dismounted reconnaissance for small- to mid-level units, as well as advanced technological techniques such as UAV deployment, air-ground integration, and advance navigation. The course is taught predominantly around practical exercises, with four days of classroom instruction, four days of simulator training, six days of squad-level exercises, and eleven days of platoon-level exercises. From January 2001 to February 2001 (2 months) Armor Officer Basic Course @ The Armor Basic Officer Leaders Course (ABOLC) is the introductory skills course for United States Army Cavalry and Armor Second and First Lieutenants. These officers, recent graduates of the United States Military Academy, ROTC programs, and Officer Candidate School, receive eighteen weeks of training in basic soldiering skills, maneuver tactics, troop- and company-level strategy, and logistical planning.
Students must complete, among many tasks, four main field training exercises. The first five-day exercise covers cavalry operations, the second covers heavy armor operations, and the third covers contemporary operating environment (COE) operations. The final exercise, known as "the Gauntlet," is a strenuous ten-day movement which covers all subjects in the first three operations. Students are evaluated based on their performance during each exercise, and rotate among every position within a platoon and troop.
The course is instructed by officers, non-commissioned officers, and civilians from the 2nd Squadron, 16th Cavalry Regiment of the 316th Cavalry Brigade. From August 2000 to December 2000 (5 months) Candidate @ Army Officer Candidate School (OCS) is a 14-week program which graduates commissioned officers in the United States Army. Army OCS was established in 1941 to provide Infantry officers for World War II. Through all of the years OCS has remained an important commissioning source for the Army. Officer Candidate School (OCS) is located at Fort Benning, GA and is the Army's only active duty Officer Candidate School, commissioning over 800 lieutenants annually. Enlisted applicants are selected from the 1 million plus members of all four miltiary services including the Army, Navy Airforce and Marine Corps. From March 2000 to August 2000 (6 months) Non-Commissioned Officer (Operations) @ Served as the operations non commissioned officer in charge of the Joint Command Southeast's Partnership for Peace program. Responsible for the preparation and deployment of senior officers and soldiers to numerous non NATO countries including embassy coordination, security and logistics.
Traveled to numerous countries in Eastern Europe, Central and South Asia and the middle east. From January 1999 to February 2000 (1 year 2 months) Izmir, TurkeyNon-Commissioned Officer @ The 75th Ranger Regiment (Airborne), also known as Rangers, is a Special Operations light infantry unit of the United States Army. The Regiment is headquartered in Fort Benning, Georgia with battalions in Fort Benning, Hunter Army Airfield and Joint Base Lewis-McChord. It operates as a special operations force of the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC).
The Regiment is composed of one Special Troops Battalion and three, organizationally identical, rapidly-deployable light infantry special operations battalions with specialized skills that enable them to perform a variety of special operations missions. These missions include airborne, air assault, and direct action operations, raids, infiltration and exfiltration by air, land or sea in addition to airfield seizure, recovery of personnel and special equipment, and support of general purpose forces (GPF). Each of the Regiment's three line battalions rotates as the "Ranger Ready Force". Every battalion of the Regiment is at a constant readiness to deploy and is expected to be able to respond anywhere in the world within 18 hours. From January 1997 to January 1999 (2 years 1 month) Vietnamese Language Student @ Graduate with Honors, Vietnamese. The Defense Language Institute (DLI) is a United States Department of Defense (DoD) educational and research institution, which provides linguistic and cultural instruction to the Department of Defense, other Federal Agencies and numerous customers around the world. The Defense Language Institute is responsible for the Defense Language Program, and the bulk of the Defense Language Institute's activities involve educating DoD members in assigned languages, and international personnel in English. Other functions include planning, curriculum development, and research in second-language acquisition. From January 1996 to December 1996 (1 year) Communications Staff Member @ Served as a Radio Operator (RTO) for the counter drug deployment center supporting counter drug operations in Central and South America. Completed Jungle Operations Courses and Waterborne training. Served with distinction in support of operations Uphold Democracy, Safe Haven and Safe Passage. From March 1994 to December 1995 (1 year 10 months) PanamaSoldier @ Numerous local field exercises including Team Spirit 1993, deployment to Korea. From November 1992 to March 1994 (1 year 5 months)
Doctor of Management (DMIST), Information Technology @ University of Phoenix From 2013 to 2017 Masters of Science, Information Technology @ Capella University From 2004 to 2007 Bachelors of Science, Information Technology @ Capella University From 2001 to 2003 Defense Linguist Certification - Vietnamese, Vietnamese Linguist, with Honors @ Defense Language Institute From 1995 to 1996 Dr. CISSP is skilled in: Security, Information Assurance, Military, Integration, DoD, Army, SharePoint, Project Planning, Enterprise Architecture, Command, Leadership, Analysis, Organizational Leadership, Program Management, Security+
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