I’m known as That Walt Guy, a voice of reason, a consensus-builder, a process-improver, a fearless question-asker. At ease in fast-paced, chaotic environments. Laser-focused on the end goal and the steps needed to get there. A strong believer in the Eisenhower Decision Matrix and the Mission Command approach to leadership.
With over 16 years of technical mastery, business sense, and an innate ability to align cross-functional teams and partners, I not only lead challenging, multi-million-dollar projects to successful delivery, but often rescue projects gone wrong. Product evolution, exceptional client experience, and consistent positive change are my highest priorities.
Research & Development
Digital Platform Management
Cross Functional Team Leadership
Defines the implementation and delivery strategy for building large scale ecommerce initiatives for Fortune 50/500 clients from pre-sales through launch.
Provides leadership and direction for cross-functional, geographically distributed teams.
Director of R&D and Innovation
One Call Now (Previously Vontoo)
Directed Project Management and Training teams.
Coached Sales and Marketing teams through first major partnership with Sungard K-12.
Defined the Product Development Lifecycle.
Created minimum viable products (Lean Methodology) utilizing cloud computing technologies.
Created product definitions and performed feasibility analysis.
President & COO
Reduced product delivery costs by 75%.
Drove the company to its first profitable months in its 6 years of operation.
Worked with partners to grow their product knowledge and usage, resulting in significant increases in call traffic and monthly revenue.
Architected and implemented a multi-tier application infrastructure designed to support the companyís massive growth running in a hybrid cloud / physical hosting environment at BlueLock.
Created the next generation dialer platform offering scale-on-demand dialers running on Rackspace Cloud.
Utilized Amazon and Rackspace cloud computing solutions to build highly resilient products capable of handling larges spikes in traffic without affecting core performance.
Rebuilt the sales team and achieved positive new sales growth with a 50% reduction in staff.
Achieved successful exit with sale to One Call Now on June 1, 2011.
Originally hired as Systems Architect.
Manager of E-Commerce Technical Services
Finish Line, Inc.
Built the team, software architecture, and infrastructure to support finishline.com.
Achieved Tier 1 PCI compliance.
Originally hired as Senior Java Developer.
United States Navy
Graduated from Naval Nuclear Power School.
Directed a team of 13 people during reactor power plant operations.
Awarded Commanding Officer’s Letter of Commendation for management of and participation in multiple reactor plant testing operations following extensive dry dock period.