Helping executives get the best from their IT departments.



  • Birthday
    June 28
  • Hometown
    Canton, Ohio
  • Current Residence
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Hobbies
    Running, Movies, Reading
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I despise “Ice Breakers”, especially those that ask you to tell “Two Truths and a Lie” or “What is something interesting about yourself.”  But, since those are so popular, I thought I would share some fun facts about myself.

  • I have hiked up 3 14,000ft mountains in Colorado.  I lived in Colorado Springs during the summer of 2000.  While I was there, I hiked up Mount Antero, Mount Yale, and Pikes Peak.  (Mount Yale was my favorite of the three.)
  • I ran at least a mile a day every day in 2014.  (I actually ran for 370 consecutive days before getting sidelined by the flu in early 2015.)
  • I can play two instruments, the piano and the trumpet.
  • Despite not being a football fan (or sports in general), I’ve met many members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  The most notable include Willie Lanier, Gale Sayers, Anthony Muñoz, and Lynn Swann.
  • If I could have any superpower, I would have the ability to manipulate space and time.  I think it would be interesting to be able to go anywhere and anywhen to learn how the world worked at that moment.  Plus, it would be nice to speed up and slow down time at will.  My superhero name would be “Metronome.”
  • I’m an avid photographer and I enjoy taking shots of the landscapes at places I visit.  (Although most of my photographs are of my two children.)
  • In 2015, I had a chance to fly in a hot air balloon as part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Balloon Classic.

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Since 2002, I have worked on projects to address a wide range of business and IT objectives for my clients across many different industries.  Although I oversee projects across many areas of IT, I primarily partner with Clients to address their needs in three areas:

IT Strategy & Governance
I assess my client’s ability to sustain and extend their organization’s strategies and partner with them to design and implement actionable roadmaps to meet those objectives. Additionally, I spend a lot of time assisting companies to identify, prioritize, and remediate risks associated with the use of information technology. This includes relating specific technical risks to their impact on business functions and objectives.
IT Risk

Whether partnering with Internal Audit departments to conduct an audit or IT departments that must comply with regulatory requirements, I help my clients assess how well their IT team performs their processes. I regularly audit:

  • IT Processes Controls
  • SDLC & Change Management
  • Project/Portfolio Management
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404
IT Process Improvement
I advise my clients on how to design, implement, and improve practical IT processes that improves efficiency, effectiveness, and risk mitigation. I’ve helped to redesign how companies manage:

  • User Access
  • Demand & Service Management
  • Application Development & Implementation
  • Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery


I’ve been a member of the Protiviti team in Pittsburgh since 2002 and am a member of our IT Audit and Consulting management team for the Pittsburgh and Cleveland Markets.  In 2016, Protiviti was ranked 57 on the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® list.

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I don’t specialize in a specific industry, but I have supported clients across a variety of industries such as:

Industrial Products


Financial Services & Insurance

Consumer Products




Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

February 2006 - Present

Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC)

June 2011 - Present

ITIL Foundations Certification for ITIL version 2

September 2004 - Present

Community Manager - Word of Mouth Marketing Association

July 2012

Project Management Professional (PMP)

February 2008 - February 2012


Last year I came across a productivity methodology by Mike Vardy called “The NOW Year Action Plan” (you can learn more at https://productivityist.com).  One of the key ideas I took away from this approach was the idea of Yearly Words.  The idea really originated from Chris Brogan who started each year by defining three words to act as targets.  In his words:

“Instead of resolutions, I write targets.  Instead of mission statements, I write words that give me perspectives to move forward, regardless of the territory.”

These words act as guide posts to point you in the right direction, but they aren’t supposed to be goals (let alone S.M.A.R.T. goals).  They’re intended to be flexible and easy to align with decision making over the next twelve months.  Projects and activities that hit on multiple words get a higher priority than those that only hit on one (or none) of the words.

So, what are my words for 2017…


This year I want to focus on being healthier by getting back into running, starting a more well-rounded fitness program, and eating better.  (Step one, getting all of the junk food out of our house after the holidays…)  I am also looking to run my first marathon (The Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon) in May 2017.  I’m hoping that this will help me feel and look better, have more energy for my family and work, and will help me be active for many years to come.

Follow me on Twitter to learn more about my fitness journey.


I tend to be an introverted person and use that as an excuse for not staying in contact with family, friends, coworkers, and clients.  I know this is an important thing for me to work on and I want to focus on it in the new year.
This is probably the “strangest” word I have for this year.  I want to focus on how I tell stories to people.  This may focus on stories as a persuasive technique (for work), through photography and video, or through data.  I’m excited to see how this idea will evolve over the year.

Why share this with the world?

A lot of research shows that people who document their goals are more likely to achieve those goals than people who don’t.  The act of documenting the goal creates internal accountability (writing it down makes you mind see it as more important).  Similarly, research shows that people who share their goals with others have an even greater likelihood of achieving those goals.  Essentially, this creates the external accountability.  I think that my 2014 Run Streak was successful because I documented my goal and shared with with my friends and family.  I’m hoping that sharing My Words will be similarly successful.



I like to share insights on my areas of expertise and things that interest me in general.  Here are some of my most recent posts:

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) have been in the news a lot over the last couple of months with a deadline looming just 8 months out.  But a survey of recent Protiviti webinar participants found that only 36% had begun their GDPR compliance projects. Knowing where to begin with your compliance effort […]

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We’ve all been there.  You find that email that you’ve been putting off replying to only to realize that it’s been a lot longer that you thought since you received it.  I wish I would have the guts to reply as honestly as this XKCD comic suggests. What do you do when you find an […]

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DevOps is one of the hottest buzz words in the industry today.  The approach is “a software development and delivery process that emphasizes communication and collaboration between product management, software development, and operations professionals.”  Lots of organizations that have started their adoption of the framework, but haven’t seen the successes that have been touted by “true […]

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When I’m helping companies evaluate risk, I’m often asked to “define” what certain risk levels (i.e. High/Medium/Low or Probable/Improbable) mean.  It’s often a challenge to define these levels mean since risk is by definition the exposure to uncertainty, a nebulous concept.  LifeHacker recently published an article summarizing a research project that has been trying to […]

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I try to find an inspirational quote to contemplate over the course of my week.  Sometimes their relevant to the work I’m doing that week or where I might be working.  Other times, their just simply a quote that inspires me.  Hopefully you can find some inspiration in these quotes as well.

“Do what you dream of doing and never lose sight of that.” – Marty Sklar, former President of Walt Disney Imagineering, Disney Legend TM – Marty Sklar passed away on Friday at the age of 83. Considered Walt Disney’s right-hand man, he wrote many of Walt’s speeches and was responsible for helping the Walt Disney […]

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“If you’re not uncomfortable, then you’re probably stuck at an ‘acceptable level’.” – Cal Newport, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University.

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I’m taking a slightly different approach to this week’s Quote of the Week and pulling from Ethan Hawke’s excellent book Rules for a Knight where a Knight tries to give his children directions on how to live their lives should he not return from battle.  I found this particular story particularly relevant: One time, on a […]

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Recommended Tools & Services

I love finding new tools and information sources that can help me improve my workflow or gain additional skill sets or knowledge.  Below is a listing of the various tools, podcasts, RSS feeds, and other things that I leverage in my process.  Click the down arrow to see the tools and services and be sure to check back often as I add new recommendations..


I like to connect with interesting people who share similar interests.  Connect with me on social media or use the following contact information to ask me more about my experience, share how I can help your business, or simply to share your story.

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    1001 Liberty Avenue, Suite 400, Pittsburgh PA 15222


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