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IT Executive with strong Information Technology and Finance business background committed to delivering exceptional results as an innovative and high-performance leader. With a distinguished track record of building working client partnerships and delivering major projects to support their business needs and plans.
Transformation / Change Management
Project Management Office
Multi-Industry; Domestic and International
Performance Management and Coaching
EKMAN ASSOCIATES, INC., YORBA LINDA, CA 5/2013-present
Managed Consulting, Executive Recruiting and Consulting Services firm that partners with companies to deliver comprehensive, end-to-end Business Solutions.
PROJECT/PROGRAM MANAGER, CORPORATE STRATEGY AND IMPLEMENTATION
Managed the overall performance and delivery of large cross-functional projects in large, complex organizations.
Managed all stages of the project lifecycle, including scope, schedule, risks, issues and budget utilizing client’s established methodology (e.g., SDLC, Agile or Waterfall).
Created Project Management Office policies, procedures, templates, etc.; utilized and adopted client’s PMO structure as necessary; worked with Waterfall, Agile and blended hybrid PMO methodologies.
Managed a wide-variety of projects including merger/acquisition (operational and technical), application implementations/upgrades, intranet updates (including SharePoint), information security, Cloud strategy/migration, network upgrades, server assessments/upgrades, storage, data center migration, eCommerce, asset management, security, OS upgrades, office migrations, etc.
Documented and defined the project scope, requirements, project team resources and developed the project charter.
Developed project work plans, role matrix and communication plan and revised as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements.
Identified project resources needed and assigned responsibilities; managed third-party partners/vendors.
Ensured issues and risks were identified and communicated to project sponsors and stakeholders early and proactively managed in a manner that mitigated risk to scope, cost and schedule.
Developed solutions to project issues and effectively communicated solutions to the executive leadership, stakeholders and other team members.
Maintained project documentation and drove project business justification and approval meetings with Steering Committee and Governance teams.
Facilitated training, created training documentation and change management processes and documentation.
Communicated with senior management on project status and performance as well as provided advice and strategic guidance.
Scheduled and conducted executive leadership, stakeholder, end-user and development team meetings as needed, noting agreements, issues and task assignments.
Acted as the liaison between business and technology functions including tailoring communications for technical and non-technical audiences as necessary.
Prepared and managed project closure, final project review, turnover, project documentation and final project close meeting and then prepared the closure document.
Created operating and capital project budgets as well as performed cost/benefit analysis to confirm savings from proposed hardware and software spending plans.
Primarily utilized MS Project/Project Online and SharePoint to create and manage project plans, artifacts, etc.; some experience with Jira and Confluence.
Working on PMP Certification (expected Fall 2019).
DIGNITY HEALTH, PASADENA, CA 10/2012-5/2013
Dignity Health, formerly Catholic Healthcare West (CHW), is a California-based not-for-profit public benefit corporation that operates hospitals and ancillary care facilities in California, Arizona, and Nevada.
PROGRAM DIRECTOR DELIVERY MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL
Managed, facilitated, documented, designed and incorporated the processes and structures necessary to achieve several successful Epic implementations.
For the PMO, led process improvement of Project/Program Controls including redesigning forms, process flows, new approvals expenditure matrix and training for Program Leadership.
Redeployed and administered the PMO function including all phases, decision gates, and artifacts within the project management lifecycle.
Additionally, led the defining of software license and implementation service milestones and establish a process for milestone sign-off acceptability to enable streamlined payments of each milestone; included remediation process for unaccepted milestones.
Redeployed and managed three site implementation teams who worked concurrently to implement Meditech software and processes.
PROVIDENCE ST JOSEPH MEDICAL CENTER, BURBANK, CA 9/2008-10/2012
An award-winning hospital with 431 licensed patient beds, Providence Saint Joseph is the largest hospital serving the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys and offers state-of-the-art technology as well as high quality and compassionate care in a variety of medical specialties.
REGIONAL DIRECTOR IS BUSINESS OFFICE
Responsible for IT labor and finance related business affairs for five regional California hospitals including creating and monitoring California IS operational budget ($35M), regional IS capital budget ($10M) and Meditech project capital budget ($60M).
Streamlined IT software, hardware and services contract review and approval process with IT Legal Office to meet compliance; reduced contractual maintenance costs by over $1.5M through contract re-negotiations, eliminating unused modules/features or contract termination.
Responsible for the end-to-end ownership of the California Region IT Finance capital business case development and investment tracking.
Led Asset Management module roll-out and hire Asset Management team to complete the implementation and adaption.
Provided technical guidance and recommendations to support various hospital committees and councils including direction and technical support for software application proposals and implementations, project review and cost proposals, timeline, funding, staffing requirements, etc.
Acquired and merged the Tarzana hospital operations for IT, Finance, Human Resources (including Payroll) and Supply Chain to the Providence business operations processes.
On-boarded over 1,100 new employees as well as maintained uninterrupted hospital supply chain services and payroll distribution.
Utilized and improved upon existing PMO templates, tools, procedures, etc.
THE RESORT AT PELICAN HILL, THE IRVINE COMPANY, IRVINE, CA 7/2007-8/2008
Private company focused on real estate development headquartered in Newport Beach, California.
PORTFOLIO MANAGER through MLC & ASSOCIATES, INC., COSTA MESA, CA
Responsible for the product selection, project management and portfolio alignment for the Call Accounting and Telephone Hospitality applications for the resort opening build out.
Administered full scope training program for over 89 applications including development of training plans and materials, policies and procedures, coordination of vendor and in-house training.
Created a Program Management Business Process Improvement Proposal to document and assess the current state of The Irvine Company’s Project Management Office; created a program management value proposition analysis to assess options, proposed strategic improvements and produced an implementation and change management roadmap guide.
RESOURCES GLOBAL PROFESSIONALS, LOS ANGELES, CA 11/2005-7/2007
An international professional services firm that provides high-quality and experienced professionals to clients on a project basis.
DIRECTOR OF RECRUITING, Information Management
Developed recruiting strategies that continually replenished the candidate pipeline based on market conditions, status of existing consultant teams and current/projected client engagements.
Participated in business development discussions to develop new recruiting strategies based on current client needs.
NESTLÉ USA, Glendale, CA 3/1995-4/2005
Headquartered in Vevey, Switzerland, Nestlé is the world's largest food and beverage company.
PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT for GLOBAL HOSTING PROJECT
Senior-level management for the successful migration of over 100 business to consumer (B2C) websites for Zone Americas managing six direct reports and twenty virtual team members. This project required the coordination, planning, remediation and management of multinational team to migrate B2C websites in North, Central and South America to a central hosting agency in Maryland, USA. This initiative was a part of a global re-engineering and improvement effort to ensure web site security and navigation standards for all Nestle web sites worldwide.
ENTERPRISE PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Successful management of several multi-million-dollar projects including financial, marketing, administrative and purchasing projects as well as IT systems and operational assessments to manage Nestle mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and joint ventures including PowerBar, David’s Nuts and others.
Project Management Methodologies: Waterfall, SCRUM and Hybrid
Project Management Tools: Microsoft Project, JIRA, Confluence
Collaboration Technologies: SharePoint, Exchange, Outlook, Lync, Jabber, Box
CRM technologies: SalesForce
ERP Integration/Interfaces: SAP, JDE, PeopleSoft, Oracle
Mac (Pages, Numbers, Keynote and Filemaker) and Microsoft applications (MS Project, Outlook, Access, Office, OneNote and Visio)
Education And Training
Bachelor of Arts, Business Management, Hiram College (Hiram, Ohio)
Project Management Professional Certification (in process), California Institute of Technology Center
for Technology and Management Education, Pasadena, CA
Six Sigma GreenBelt Process Training
Other technical courses and management seminars