Professional Bio

  • The Exchange (Dallas, TX; 2013 – Present)

    Chief Information Officer (CIO)

    “Serving those who serve”, the Exchange is the 47th largest retail organization in the U.S. with annual revenue of $8B and more than 3,000 locations around the world. The Exchange operates department and convenience stores, gas stations, restaurants, theaters, vending and other businesses on military installations in all 50 states, five U.S. territories and more than 30 countries.

    Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES)/the Exchange – Dallas Business Journal announcement.

  • Scintel Technologies (Atlanta, GA; 2009 – 2013)

    Executive Vice President and CIO

    Responsibilities included identifying and cultivating major growth initiatives, overseeing the company’s worldwide technology strategy and expanding a world class organization to deliver exceptional value to all clients. Additional responsibilities included strengthening relationships with existing clients, providing leadership to the development and sales teams, and providing thought leadership in the creation of new products.

    Scintel Technologies announcement.

  • TechnologyProfessional.Org (Atlanta, GA; 2009 – 2010)

    Board Member

    Serving as a board member for the online magazine, TechnologyProfessional.Org. Phil recruited executive contributors and set organizational strategy. Previously, as CIO, Phil created the site architecture, hired the development team, launched the site, and managed operations.  TechnologyProfessional.Org has since ceased operations.

  • Education Finance Partners (Austin, TX; 2008)

    Chief Information Officer (CIO)

    Shaking up a conservative industry through improved analytics, origination, and collection processes, EFP rapidly grew to become the fourth largest originator of private student loans. As a member of the leadership team, Phil created the technology strategy to support aggressive business goals and rapid growth.

    Business intelligence was a key enabler of the corporate growth strategy, so EFP built and enhanced a sophisticated data warehouse which enabled the creation of credit models to support improved origination and more proactive collections and servicing. The result was a more profitable and higher quality loan portfolio.

    With a goal to sell the company or to go public, Phil was part of a team that supported extensive due diligence efforts. When the frozen capital markets threatened our business, these efforts changed focus but increased in intensity. Despite the fact that EFP ultimately filed Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, this was an opportunity to demonstrate technology as a powerful enabler for business strategy.

  • Macy’s Systems and Technology (Atlanta, GA; 1997 – 2008)

    SVP, Infrastructure and Operations

    Phil’s responsibility progressively increased from architecture, middleware software development, and application support to ultimately include all corporate technology operations. The Macy’s infrastructure supported $25 billion in sales, 200,000 users, and over 1,000 locations including more than a dozen sites overseas.

    In recognition of his leadership role, Phil was selected to represent Macy’s on the National Retail Federation CIO Council from 2004 – 2007.

    Accomplishments:

    • Led an organizational and cultural change among the 500 employees in IT operations. Over a period of three years, multiple operations groups were transformed into a high-performance team that provided better service for Macy’s with fewer people. Improved morale and customer satisfaction through a comprehensive change strategy.
    • Significantly improved operational availability with improved systems management infrastructure, operational dashboards, and the ITIL operations framework. Partnered with development teams to implement CMMI. This resulted in faster system development while allowing us to leverage internal and outsourced resources.
    • Reduced the cost of operations through the aggressive use of standards, automation, and new technology as well as on-shore and off-shore outsourcing.
    • Partnered for success in the acquisition, development, deployment, and support of corporate and ERP applications, which included: PeopleSoft, advertising, merchandising, logistics, point of sale, and others.
    • Integrated the technology infrastructure in support of multiple corporate acquisitions and mergers, concluding with the on-time and on-budget integration of the May Company with Macy’s to form the largest department store company in the US.
    • With his team of Division Service Managers, Phl served as the liaison between the technology division and the rest of the corporation to ensure alignment of strategy and priorities.
    • With responsibility for technical security, the team achieved Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) and Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance.
  • Education

    Florida Institute of  Technology

    …..Earned MS Information Technology 2008-2009; Melbourne, FL

    Purdue University

    …..Earned BS Computer Science 1982 – 1986; West Lafayete, IN

 

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