PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY                                                                                                                           

Innovative and visionary technology leader with C-suite and custom software consulting experience. Domain depth in the areas of software design, development, and managing software delivery and technology solutions to meet complex and challenging business needs. Demonstrated history in a start-up environment. Blends proactive leadership with hands-on technical development skills to achieve results.

Forward-leaning and strategic thinker who focuses on cross-functional partnerships both inside and outside the company to achieve business excellence, drive growth, and cultivate and manage strategic business relationships to reach desired outcomes. Has consulted for companies like Braintree, Deloitte, Groupon, Fidelity Life, IDEO, University of Chicago, and Carnival Cruise Lines.

Highly motivated professional who thrives on new challenges, drives change, and focuses on implementing continuous improvement throughout the organization. Knows how to bring the right people together to solve any problem and design governance systems that maximize engagement.

Excellent communicator who is known for building solid relationships, mentoring and empowering individuals, and fostering a culture of creativity and professional growth. Possess a strong level of teambuilding, critical-thinking, analytical, organizational, process optimization, problem-solving, decision-making, governance and change management skills.



       Company Start-ups                      Programmer/Architect            Project Management

       Business Transformation             Strategic Planning                   Revenue Generation

       Cross Functional Teams               Budget Management                Executive Leadership


Embedded Systems:  C | C++ | Linux; Web: Ruby on Rails | Spree Commerce | Clojure | Java | C# | JavaScript | Vue | React | Angular | Postgres | MongoDB | MySQL; DevOps:  AWS | Azure | Terraform | Ansible | Chef; Mobile:  iOS | Android | Swift | ReactNative | Xamerin



Founder & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

One World Coders, Chicago, IL and Kigali, Rwanda

Nov. 2019 to Present

·     CEO of a new company that was spun off from 8th Light and provided day-to-day and strategic direction for the global operations with primary offices in Africa.

·     Foster a collaborative environment, cultivating growth and development so that team members could increase their subject matter expertise and SW domain depth.

·     Identify, recruit, interview, and hire software engineers and talent to scale effectively and meet the needs of current and prospective clients.

·     Have transitioned this position over to a local African management team to operate and run the organization.


Director | 8th Light, Chicago, IL

Jan. 2019 to Oct. 2019

·     Led multiple software development teams and communicated with all stakeholders to ensure alignment to organizational objectives and ensure projects were delivered on schedule.

·     Built and strengthened relationships with executives and worked with customers to identify requirements and sell solutions that meet customer’s needs and minimize business risks.

·     Identified technology, industry, and social trends and determined the potential impact to overall business objectives and any needed adjustments to the strategic plan.

·     Created and maintained technology standards and compliance policies and procedures.

·     Interfaced with internal and external stakeholders to identify business needs and resolve issues, as well as develop effective implementation plans.

·     Developed solid working relationships in a multicultural environment to determine gaps, solve problems, and identify improvements to meet organizational needs.

·     Created an apprenticeship program to coach software development professionals, provide ongoing feedback, and guide them in their personal and professional development.


Chief Operating Officer (COO) | 8th Light Chicago, IL

Sep. 2017 to Dec. 2018

·     Managed the day-to-day operations and had P&L responsibility over the business’ 4 global offices with 175 people ($25MM annual revenue).

·     Provided strategic and tactical leadership, set clear goals with management team, and executed effectively to achieve annual revenue plan.

·     Collaborated with the executive leadership to develop strategic planning and management initiatives to increase revenue and optimize operations.

·     Built processes and tools that delivered significant value to the organization (governance system, integrated finance/operations with automated billing tools).

·     Maximized new business opportunities through strong partnership strategies.

·     Coached and mentored ~100 employees, identified performance expectations, measured and held team members accountable for performance. 


Managing Director| 8th Light, Chicago, IL

Jan. 2016 to Aug. 2017

·     Provided overall leadership for the company and set strategic guidance which shaped corporate identity, profitability, and valuation ($11M portfolio with 45 developers).

·     Assessed the competitive landscape and developed effective strategies to aggressively position the company for increased success during changing environmental conditions.

·     Performed strategic and tactical planning with executive team, including developing business plans, financial models, and pricing tiers.

·     Leveraged extensive network to drive new business relationships and secure new partnerships.

·     Performed deep-dives into technical problems to resolve issues.


Chief Technology Officer (CTO) | AXUS Travel App, Chicago, IL

Nov. 2014 to Jan. 2017

·     Served as the CTO for AXUS’s public launch through their acquisition by Northstar Media.

·     Worked collaboratively and cross-functionally with customers to identify requirements and create solutions that met customer’s need.

·     Scaled the operational environment to support production workloads and integrated two SABRE systems into existing technology framework.

·     Fostered a collaborative environment, cultivating growth and development so that team members can grow into progressively larger assignments.


Senior Software Craftsman | 8th Light, Chicago, IL

Jul. 2007 to Dec. 2016

·     Lead multiple high-performing software development teams as a consultant. Projects included a large-scale, high availability credit card payment gateway, a Perl language XML client library, and an enterprise insurance application system.

·     Ensured employees used the company’s processes and systems to effectively manage business opportunities and to perform to customer specifications and requirements.

·     Led a culture that valued metrics and maintained a strong focus on results.

·     Kept teammates inspired in a fast-paced environment in order to overcome obstacles to make an immediate impact and achieve business objectives.



Senior Engineer, Zebra Incorporated, Vernon Hills, IL

Independent Contractor, 8th Light, Libertyville, IL

2007 to 2007

2007 to 2007

Senior Engineer, Shure Incorporated, Niles, IL

2006 to 2007

Development Engineer II, Shure Incorporated, Niles, IL

2004 to 2006

Development Engineer I, Shure Incorporated, Niles, IL

2002 to 2004



·     Bachelor of Science (B.S.) – Computer Engineering w/High Honors (2002)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL