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.


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.


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

Even though it has been 15 years since the adoption of the Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Act, it continues to be an ongoing topic across the C-Suite.  Leaders are eager to understand how their organization’s compliance costs, hours, control counts, and other data points align with their peers to determine if there are opportunities to streamline their […]

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I’ve always been a fan of the Dilbert comic strip and find that they often provide valuable insights into how to approach some business situations.  We’ve all been in Asok’s position; given a short amount of time to communicate very complex concepts.  But Alice is right, we need to find ways to reduce those concepts […]

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“Shoot for the moon.  Even if you miss it, you will land among the stars.” – Les Brown, American motivational speaker, author, radio DJ, former television host, and former politician

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As a chronic Automator, I present this XKCD cartoon without further comment. Are you as guilty as I am trying to automate tasks?

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I’m excited to be attending the Gartner Security and Risk Management Summit in National Harbor, MD this week. Here are some of the sessions I plan on attending: Manage Risk, Build Trust, and Embrace Change by Becoming Adaptive Everywhere Privacy Pressures: Attack the GDPR Before It Attacks You! Develop a Pragmatic Vision and Strategy for […]

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If you’re like me, you use spreadsheets on a daily basis.  So (sadly) I had a good laugh at this spreadsheet stand-up comedy routine from Matt Parker.  (It also does a great job explaining another piece of technology which I won’t spoil.)  I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

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“You can’t improve what you don’t measure.” – Peter Drucker This old adage is true in all kinds of circumstances and IT is no exception.  However, it is increasingly important that organization’s explore how to make their metrics more-relevant to business executives.  In Gartner’s recent blog post (How to Start an IT Monitoring Initiative), they […]

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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.

“Shoot for the moon.  Even if you miss it, you will land among the stars.” – Les Brown, American motivational speaker, author, radio DJ, former television host, and former politician

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  “My heroes are the ones who survived doing it wrong, who made mistakes, but recovered from them.” – Bono, Irish  singer-songwriter, musician, venture capitalist, businessman, and philanthropist.

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“The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.” – Peter F. Drucker, Austrian-born American management consultant, educator, and author

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“Surround yourself with mentors: people who know more than you do and who can make you better at what you do.” – Joan Lunden, American Television Journalist I think Joan provides us with an excellent perspective that is often overlooked in today’s mentorship culture.  Finding a mentor isn’t about being assigned to someone or about […]

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“Get going.  Get up and walk if you have to, but finish the damned race.” – Ron Hill, British Distance Runner, to Jerome Drayton, Canadian Distance Runner I’m writing this post early as a I am likely asleep right now after running my first full marathon.  Hopefully I didn’t need Ron Hill’s advice here, but […]

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“If you want to run, run a mile. If you want to experience a different life, run a marathon.” – Emil Zatopek, Czechoslovak long-distance runner I’m taking on my first full marathon next Sunday here in Pittsburgh, so I thought this quote is especially appropriate for this week’s quote of the week.

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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