John has over 17 years of technology and management consulting experience spanning the financial/insurance industries, environmental services, and energy industries. Prior to working at Thought Ensemble, John was a senior manager at the Dallas office of Pariveda Solutions. He has delivered solutions in the areas of IT strategy, Business Systems Planning, technology assessments/package selection, process improvement, and Agile software development.

John’s career experience also includes consulting roles with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Waste Management, Inc., and Cullen/Frost National Bank. He received an MBA from Vanderbilt University and a B.S. in Business Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio. John stays active in both the Trinity and Vanderbilt alumni associations. John also enjoys running, working out, and traveling with his wonderful wife in his spare time.

I guess you could say my fascination with technology started very early in my elementary years. I don’t remember when I first became enamored with computers, but my father was an aerospace engineer so I’ve been around flight simulators and computers as long as I can remember. By the time I was in second grade, I started using the Commodore 64 (and later the 128). I was fascinated with both the fun and challenge it provided. And even today, I will spend hours assembling or fixing gadgets and technology until I figure them out.

Fast forward to today and I get to work with extremely talented IT folks whose job it is to build the technology and systems that run the business world. Thought Ensemble provides me the unique opportunity to actively work with these technology experts to “fix” issues and push to achieve the best possible result. I’m constantly amazed by my Thought Ensemble peers and their ability to think through the most complex set of problems, churn through enormous amounts of data, and suggest truly unique alternatives to our clients. Whether it’s helping to coax the best out of people and organizations, or devising an IT process or system to improve performance, I really love what I do.

John’s favorite work or projects include:

  • Identifying and applying Agile development tenets in a way that fits both the business and IT’s capabilities
  • Working with business executives to identify their “must have” needs and the technology improvements required to support them
  • Collaborating with executives as part of workshop sessions and pushing to find that salient thought and important “a ha” moment that the client hired me for

New Year’s Goals

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