Hello there! I'm Don.
A nerd at heart, I am looking to make an impact by helping clients achieve best in breed cloud application and data architectures. With a wide skill set including networking, core systems programming, big data, and even traditional RDMS administration, my time is most often directed at empowering teams to learn and excel.
CLOUD ARCHITECT & CONSULTANT
Greater Chicago Area
Vice President, Solution Principal
CAPAX GLOBAL LLC, A Hitachi Company
Responsible for evaluating, augmenting, and delivering cutting edge cloud architectures, primarily on Azure. Delivered first-of-its-kind petabyte-scale data ingestion and dissemination systems for power generation companies (and other firms) involving modern ELT patterns, high-performance processing, MPP, data warehousing, eventing architecture, ML, Data Factory (v2), and more.
President and Founder
Founded a federally registered Bitcoin solutions company which facilitated over $9.65MM in B2B Bitcoin transactions in 2015. As a money-services-business, I navigated complex regulatory, financial, and security risks.
Exploited an underserved market in small-business distributed denial of service (DDOS) mitigation, generating six-figure revenues weeks into launch. Developed innovative software (a specialty ASIO reverse proxy) allowing the company to maintain unchallenged for months.
Certifications and Continuing Education
Microsoft, Cloudera, and More
Recently, I have focused my personal reading and skill development diet around two nexuses: effective leadership strategies, and big data technology. To that end, I am working to obtain several certifications in this space.
LEHIGH UNIVERSITY: B.S. IN COMPUTER SCIENCE AND BUSINESS
A joint degree unique to Lehigh University, this program delves into the core concepts of CS, while encouraging innovation at the intersection of business and technology. Special projects include using machine learning to model non-tectonic seismicity on the east coast, and the development of a universal search engine for SEI's Core Management Division.
LEHIGH UNIVERSITY: B.S. IN FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING
In my view, accounting—as an ancillary skill—allows people to critically organizations for weaknesses, and therefore propose opportunities for improvement. In consulting these skills are helpful, especially in the context of financially significant cloud strategies.
Azure Cloud Architecture
Enterprise App Development
C#, C++, Java, Node.js
Big Data & AI (including Spark)
SQL Server, SQL DW, AS, Cosmos DB
Data Lake & ELT Expert
With experience working with teams on large specialized applications and a strong grasp of agile and SOLID principles, app dev and DevOps remain a core skill set that I bring into any challenge.
AZURE CLOUD ARCHITECTURE
Just as well-design application architecture can empower teams to learn and be successful, cloud architecture is important to building enterprises that can scale and be adaptable. With experience in the full ecosystem of Azure, I know how to leverage the strengths of different products to achieve the best result.
BIG DATA & AI
My expertise in the big data space is focused on the deployment of streaming and data engineering workloads; especially with Apache Spark. Plus, with a passion for statistics and the fundamentals of ML— I know enough to be dangerous.