Education

Masters Degree of Software Engineering

2007 – Seattle University

Research focused on industry best-practices regarding system qualities, also referred to as non-functional requirements.

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Masters Degree of Aerospace Engineering

2001 – University of Washington

Research in computational fluid dynamics regarding inclusion of thermo-effects of three-body constituent flow over bluff bodies in hypervelocity flows. 

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Masters Degree of Interdisciplinary Engineering

2001 – University of Washington

Research focused on Japanese activities in developing its space infrastructure using primary sources from Japan.

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Bachelors Degree of Aerospace Engineering

1998 – University at Buffalo

Skills

Leadership

Operate at Speed of Market 100%
Product Strategic Roadmap 100%
Remote First 100%
Culture First 95%
Innovation through Iteration 95%
Growth Mindset 95%
Psychological Safety 90%
Recruiting & Retention 80%

Technology

Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) 100%
Technology Strategic Roadmap 100%
Cloud-based Services (AWS, GCP) 100%
DevOps Culture 95%
Infrastructure 90%
Continuous Integration & Deployment (CI/CD) 80%
Software Development Lifecyle 75%
Web3 50%
SEO 33%

By the Numbers

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Team

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Relevant Experience

CTO & CPrO

Present

Since 2019 – RealSelf

Driving strategic shift from passive ad-tech to active multi-sided marketplace as we bring together consumers, providers and brands.  Grew organic traffic 7x after massive site refactoring to address SEO headwinds.

Currently oversee a broad organization inclusive of Engineering, Product, UX Design, Data Science, and Analytics.

CTO

2016 to 2019 – Varsity Tutors

IPO: September 21, 2021 at $1.4B EV (NYSE:NRDY)

We went from 50M to 125M in revenue in three years, while transitioning from a predominantly in-person experience to a fully-online learning experience on our own platform.

We did all this while transforming a classic monolithic Ruby on Rails app to an enterprise-grade, services-oriented architecture (SOA) with robust eventing, lambdas, and hyper performant services.

Senior Director, Engineering

2015 to 2016 – Sears Home Services

As head of engineering, I recruited and hired our engineering organization; growing from just myself to 30 souls in twelve months. I was also responsible for creating the first few production services, software development lifecycle, continuous integration and deployment, along with AWS hosting with physical backbone connecting us to Sear’s data centers.

Senior Product Manager

2012 to 2015 – Xbox One

I spear-headed the cloud-based console experience that powers all of Xbox One barring only a few services. From the home screen, to pinned favorites, to the online store; Xbox consumers interact: it’s all powered by these services.

I brought together the Console, Editorial, and Services teams to move Xbox away from firmware-baked experiences to ones powered by cloud services, allowing us to move away from 6 month iterations, to less than 2 weeks to change nearly any experience on Xbox One.

To this day, those services continue to power Xbox series and even some of the PC experiences for games.

Senior Software Engineer & Senior Product Manager

2008 to 2011 – AmazonFresh, Amazon Tote, and Retail Customer Experience (RCX)

I launched AmazonTote, a pilot program in Seattle, in a matter of months. As its product manager, I worked with UX design, engineering, operations & logistics to create the customer experience, “hacked” our existing systems to meet our needs, and even ensure physical tote bags were designed, printed and shipped to us; all in under three months. Even on launch day, I rented and drove a truck to ensure our first customers’ orders were delivered on time.

I was one of the original senior software engineers involved with AmazonFresh while it was still a pilot-program in the greater Seattle area. I was responsible for creating or modifying more than 80% of our bespoke warehouse management system (WMS). More than just writing code, we spent a considerable amount of time at our fulfillment center, working alongside folks to understand how the software we wrote impacted them, and therefore could be improved upon. I received 4 patents during my tenure on the program.

Aerospace Engineer & Lead Software Engineer

2001 to 2008 – Boeing

I was the brain-child of a new generation of software to help analyze all flight regimes of Boeing airplanes to support long-standing regulatory requirements of airlines.

The software was a radical departure from command-line tools to a comprehensive application that allowed airline engineers to do massive computational studies of airplane configuration, runway and atmospheric conditions.

Explore my philosophies

I often quip that the "T" in CTO stands for therapy, not technology; in so much that much of my responsibility is to promote collaboration amongst everyone in my organization and throughout the company.

Since 2015 I worked remotely as a technology leader. In that time I've built teams from scratch to growing them to span the globe with 100s of people.

I've a lifetime starting with my father learning about lean. I've worked as a Japanese interpreter with Shingijutsu, world leaders in lean consulting. And I've an early adopter of the agile manifesto. I know lean.

I have experience spanning multiple industry sectors from aerospace to retail to entertainment to education and now medical, which gives me a very broad view of adopting technology.

I've worked on every scale of growth from idea generation to scrappy startup right up to world-class enterprise, providing a unique vantage on how not only address each stage of growth, but navigate the transitions.