This is the next interview in a new series in which we ask our unique and diverse Datasource Consulting staff to share a bit about themselves, both professionally and personally. We're amazed and inspired at their talents, hobbies, and aspirations, and we hope you are, too!
Years with Datasource: 2
Current Home City: Highlands Ranch, CO
Tell us about your experience with Datasource Consulting (DSC), including types of projects and positions held:
I’ve spent most of my time at Datasource working with on a project for one of our healthcare clients. I started out as a solution architect assessing an off the shelf data warehouse product, and it looks like it will finally go into production in the fourth quarter this year. I took over as the Engagement Manager for this client in late 2016, then recently took on the role of managing the engagement management team Datasource. Last year, I also got to work with a manufacturing client and a project team implementing Customer and Contact MDM.
Describe life at Datasource with three unique words.
Enjoyable, Challenging, Exciting
Tell us what you like most about working at Datasource.
I really enjoy working with and getting to know all the people at Datasource. I have never, ever worked anywhere with such a diverse group of employees. It really is a breath of fresh air to see such a well-balanced team.
What challenges you the most and what motivates you the most at Datasource?
I think the biggest challenges I see are around staying relevant and becoming comfortable with big data and the modern data platform.
I look forward to helping show off Datasource as the data management arm of EXL, and continuously improve things both internally and for our clients.
I want to be as comfortable leading a client through an implementation that involves Hadoop, Hive, Kafka, Cassandra, as I am with the old world data warehousing tools.
What is on your bucket list?
My current bucket list has three adventure rides on it:
I want to ride through the Himalayan mountains.
I want to ride across southern Africa.
I want to ride around Australia and New Zealand.
What are your proudest accomplishments?
Without a doubt, raising two great children is my proudest accomplishment. My daughter lives in Chicago and has picked up my and my wife’s love of travel. My son lives here in Denver and is trying to establish himself as a touring musician.
What are your hobbies outside of work?
Two of my hobbies are on hold at the moment. In the winter, I love to ski. I only got 10 days in this year as I was curtailed by an accident, but my goal is to be fit enough to ski again by opening day. I also love to ride motorcycles. I think I’m pretty close to throwing a leg over again as I my flexibility and strength come back.
My other love is photography. I got into it a few years ago. It has turned out to be my one creative outlet which I can use with technology.
What phobias do you have?
Unfortunately not enough. I’ve broken too many bones, been stung and bitten too many times where a little fear would have stood me in good stead. My wife jokes that I have an express check-in line at the ER.
What is your hidden talent?
I can wiggle my ears.
Tell us why you fell in love with data.
In my first job out of school, I got to work with a pre-relational database and loved it. I went from there to a company that developed its own database platform and query tools. From then on, I was hooked and have been working with data ever since.