Studying for MCSE.
I'm a technical product manager with a Pulitzer Prize winning media organization that has a passion for data science and I pride myself in being able to architect complex systems. I dropped out of New Horizons Trade school (Studying to get my MCSC) in 2002 to start a business and it was the best move I could have hoped to make. I was mentored through this exercise and it gave me a hunger for personal development. My mentor taught me that I wasn't mastering "Microsoft networking" or "Computers" or "Playing Lead Guitar", rather I was mastering the skill of mastery, that blew my mind but he was right. The same skills used to learn the guitar are the same skills used to learn math, languages, best practices, architecture, anything.
I subscribe to constant and never-ending improvement and always strive to use the best practices with whatever system I'm working with. Simply put, I want to work with people who are passionate about doing great things right.
The past year at VMG, I've architected and built an automation platform (using python/django/celery/kafka) that is automating communications between our systems. I'm currently working on creating a system to allow a company to have real time operational visualization of every event that occurs within the organization using KSQL. This empowers our executives to have an incredibly high resolution picture of every aspect of the business, along with managers defining and visualizing (in real time) the performance indicators for their teams and team members. Everything from sales, through fulfillment.
Voice Media Group is a Pulitzer Prize winning media organization with more than a 50 year legacy. When I started at Voice Media Group we had 14 alt-weeklies across the country including the Village Voice in New York, Seattle Weekly in Washington, LAWeekly in California, Denver Westword in Colorado and Phoenix NewTimes in Arizona.
We built that legacy in two ways. One, by stirring opinion in the hearts and minds of the communities we serve through our passion for journalism and two, by establishing deep roots in the business community by helping local business's grow through our love of advertising and marketing.
We've transitioned from a strong print product to a digital agency where we continue to serve our long standing relationships through SEO, ai driven online advertisements, paid advertising through Google and Facebook and many other products.
At Voice Media Group I'm a technical product manager. I'm responsible for architecting our systems and researching / implementing new technologies that can be used to refine our workflows or build new products. I work closely with executives to define and monitor KPI's and our development teams to plan and execute.
BBZ Resource Management was a certificate loyalty program where franchise owners would purchase certificates to sell to local businesses as a marketing tool.
I was responsible for helping to architect and build the system to facilitate creation, fulfillment and redemption of these certificates. We built an OCR system to automatically scan and store redemption receipts and an IVR (Interactive voice system) for support. This was all in PHP / MySQL with a LAMP stack.
Lifepower Sales Group was a personal and professional development club where we built online mastermind groups that centered around speakers, authors and trainers.
At night I built the online mastermind group application along with an online CRM called Funnel Pro using PHP and MySQL on a LAMP stack. During the day I did inside / outside sales for our seminars.
I also made 80 outbound calls per day. Did outside sales where I would give a 45 minute presentation on why it's valuable for sales professionals to invest in their craft.
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