Professional Experience

Education

  • Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, Durham, NC — Master of Business Administration, 2001
  • University of Massachusetts - Lowell,  Lowell, MA — Bachelor of Arts, English, 1989

Experience

Senior Director of Software Engineering, Hachette Book Group, New York, NY — 2013-Present

Direct the development and support of all web applications and business information systems at Hachette Book Group:
  • Developed a ReST-based service-oriented architecture as part of an IT realignment initiative called “IT 2.0”.
  • Built a local development team and successfully disengaged from our offshore IT vendor as part of this initiative.
  • Established new software development process to improve quality through code reviews, automated testing, continuous integration, and automated deployments in a virtual environment.

Systems Architect, Hachette Book Group, New York, NY — 2010-2013

Responsible for all external-facing Web application development. Accomplishments include: 
  • The development of Hachette Digital Platform (HDP), a Django-based application that provides a ReST interface used by a variety of mobile applications to maintain up-to-date content about authors, or to facilitate purchases of content through iTunes.
  • Developed and launched a B2B portal serving authors, agents and other business partners (Python/Django).

Consultant, Transparensee Systems, Inc., New York, NY — 2009-2010

Transparensee is a fuzzy matching and faceted search solutions provider serving media and related industries. Projects included:
  • Solutions using Amazon’s AWS for automated deployments and load balancing.
  • News, events and venues faceted search implementation for Newsday.
  • Next generation classified advertising fuzzy matching search application for Atex (written in Django).
  • A system of JavaScript-powered widgets used to filter and display search results, streamlining deployment of Transparensee search interfaces.

Owner/Consultant, The Choate Group, Washington DC — 2003-2009

Provided consulting services in interactive content development and technical communication serving news media, marketing organizations and Web 2.0 start-ups.  During this time, I accomplished the following:
  • Development projects with meprice.com, The Athens News, Future Systems Consulting,  Capstrat.
  • Development and strategy consulting services to a wide variety of clients, including  The United States Patent and Trademark Office, The North Carolina Community College System,  and The Samueli Institute.

Adjunct Lecturer - Communication, Culture and Technology (CCT), Georgetown University,  Washington, DC — 2007-2008

  • Thesis Advisor: Served as a faculty advisor to a graduate student thesis project that examined the issues surrounding Net Neutrality and its potential impact on the coverage of news.
  • Computer Programming for the Humanities (CCTP-713-01):  Taught students the Python programming skills required to produce innovative content in the new Web 2.0 world. 
  • The Technology of News: Implications for public policy, journalism, and the news business (CCTP-671-01): This course examined newspapers as a technology, as a product that is bought and sold within a broader economic environment, and as a product of the institution of journalism that serves a special role in democratic societies.

Vice President of Interactive Media, The News & Observer, Raleigh, NC — 1997-2003

Directed all Internet publishing initiatives throughout the company, managed a department of 20 employees. Under my leadership, we established a content strategy for newsobserver.com that emphasized breaking news, interactivity and multimedia that achieved the following:
  • newsobserver.com became the leading local news site in the Raleigh/Durham region, and ranked third in the nation in terms of local market penetration, behind Austin and Washington D.C, according to The Media Audit (2001).
  • newsobserver.com was named the best newspaper online service in its circulation category by Editor & Publisher magazine in the 2001 EPpy Awards
  • Developed systems and processes that reduced operational costs, reduced head-count, and increased revenue by streamlining the news production, news archiving and online publishing efforts. 

Manager, Online Advertising , The News & Observer, Raleigh, NC — 1994-1997

Led the company-wide effort to publish classified advertising on the Web and developed innovative products that lead to several "firsts" for the industry. We were one of the very first newspapers to do the following:
  • Develop online-only classified advertising products.
  • Establish a web development team that designed and managed the web sites of local businesses and organizations.