About Me

I'm also a professional speaker, author, and coach.

Business Description

HDWP Consulting: We provide both wide and deep consulting, able to offer both business expertise and computer expertise. Specialties: We have system design, implementation, overhaul, and maintenance experience in multiple industries, with concentrations in manufacturing, import/export, transportation, and logistics.

My Skills


Profile Questions

What do you like most about your profession?

I'm a people person who's a problem solver. Coaching and consulting give me a chance to interact with a wide array of people with the explicit goal of helping them.

What questions do clients most commonly ask you? How do you respond?

I get a lot of different questions, but most of them, at the core, boil down to "Can you help?" I can say yes in every situation, but I say it where I can. Being honest up front loses me some clients but I wouldn't do it any other way.

Describe a recent client engagement or project.

1. Client had hundreds of reports, all of them running too slowly. I re-architected a critical file in a way that required the fewest possible changes. It took seven hours from engagement to final proof. The reports now run an average of eight times faster. 2. Client has a product which wasn't getting new customers. I showed them how to build a killer demo by understanding what their potential clients want to see. 3.

What are 3 attributes you need to be successful in your industry?

Wide interests - I've been called on to do work in education, trucking, slow boat shipping, food, fund-raising, entertainment, technology, and more. The wider my interests, the more knowledge I bring. Excellent Communication - my work as a journalist, editor, and fiction writer, combined with my expertise as a professional speaker, allow me to cut through arguments and achieve consensus. If people can't agree, they can't move forward. Wide Skills - I've managed a fast food restaurant, been a matre'd in catering, managed programming shops, and run an entertainment business. If each case, I've been hands-on. Manufacturing, importing, retail, research and development, reviewing/testing... my clients have exposed me to a huge range of business and their attendant skill sets.

What are the most important things to consider when hiring a service provider in your field?

An open mind. Plenty of people can tell you how to solve a problem their way. What I need is someone who can solve it in a way that I can maintain. Single-tool vendors need not apply. Single-approach vendors need not apply. I want someone who is interested in solving my specific problem.

How are you different than others in your profession?

I believe in an end-game. For me, coaching or consulting is not an infinite gig. I want to finish tasks. I want to leave and be invited back. I'm not moving in to live off of your business. I'm here to fix what needs fixing.

What are your biggest professional influences (books, mentors, events)?

I have had mentors and (unofficial) coaches all through my professional career. Some of them are wonderful people who helped me along. Some of them were terrible people who taught me patience.

How do you typically handle disagreements with clients?

I don't have a lot of experience with disagreements. Proper discussions on the up front tend to prevent that situation. Where they have come up, I'm very open to agreed solutions.

Describe your proudest professional accomplishment.

My willingness to continue to learn. I learn business processes. I learn tech. I learn everything. The deeper I dive, the happier I am.


Editor at International Spectrum, Inc

April 2014 - Present
Writing on Technology and Business.

Previously: Regular Contributor (July 2005 - present)

CTO at HDWP, Inc.

January 2010 - Present
Training, Coaching, Mentoring, Business Consulting, Computer Consulting.

We have expanded into Publishing:

Freelance Writer/Industry Analyst at eWeek (Ziff-Davis)

October 2007 - October 2009
Writing about trends and trade shows.

COO at CL1 Ventures, LLC

April 2007 - September 2007
CL1 Ventures, LLC is an entertainment company which is dedicated to creating unique, participatory gaming experiences over the internet.

ISD&I Manager at The New York Botanical Garden

January 2006 - August 2014
Responsible for greasing the wheels on major projects necessary to the future development of services provided by the NY Botanical Garden to the community.
Former title: Manager for Business Systems
Present title: Information Systems Development and Integration Manager.

Project Manager mvCMS Open Source Project at U2UG

November 2005 - October 2006
mvCMS is a major Open Source initiative, being supported on Source Forge ( and on More information can be found by joining the U2-Community e-mail list .

Past President/President/Vice President at International U2 Users Group

March 2005 - December 2012
The International U2 Users Group represents users of modern multivalued tools and databases sold by IBM. We welcome all users of this technology and we shepherd the U2-Users list, which is an excellent free resource for technical support.

Editor in Chief & Puzzle Editor at Greater NY Mensa

September 2004 - December 2011
Previously the Calendar Editor.

CTO at Mount Olympus Systems

November 2002 - March 2007
* Partner and co-founder of the company.
* Lead Developer on the Zeus line of data integration (import, export, filtering, transformation - ETL) toolset.
* Lecturer on databases and connectivity.

CTO at Key Ally, Inc.

July 2002 - December 2010
Business and Computer Consulting. We provide everything from mentoring to product packaging design, to web design, to database programming.
We operate as a virtual company, with the ability to scale up by touching other, pre-qualified professionals.


Queens College



Publication: Theme-Thology: Real World Unreal/ HDWP Books
Date: Jul 15, 2014
13 Stories which expose the unreal parts of your supposedly real world. Meet the other Queen of England. Mourn the boy who didn't die. Find out how foreign another country can be.

Theme-Thology: Real World Unreal

Publication: HDWP Books
Date: Jul 15, 2014
13 Stories which expose the unreal parts of your supposedly real world. Meet the other Queen of England. Mourn the boy who didn't die. Find out how foreign another country can be.

Tiago and the Masterless

Publication: HDWPbooks
Date: May 13, 2014
Interrogative series: Book 1 or 30. Buy it on Kindle, Nook, and Kobo. Tiago hadn't realized he had fallen asleep until he awoke. He was still on the bridge. Brushing the hair out of his eyes, he started calling up the stations from where he sat – not yet clear-headed enough to walk over to each one. The computer showed him a blue-white planet. It was an estimate, not a live feed, because the planet was on the far edge of normal sensor range. Below the image was a series of readings which confirmed radio activity. Intelligence pattern – confirmed. He rubbed his eyes and pulled himself unsteadily to his feet. With a force of will, Tiago walked away from the console. He shook his head to clear it. There might be people. He wanted to just sit there and stare at the data – at the possibilities manifest in the data – but that wasn't productive. What he needed to do now was figure how how he felt about the data. It was one thing to hope for contact; it was another to risk it. They could be monsters. They could be brutal savages. Worse, they could be the sort of highly evolved savages he was fleeing. He needed to think about this.

Theme-Thology: New Myths

Publication: HDWPbooks
Date: Mar 15, 2014
Meet a wayward son who returns a Rainmaker. Find out what happens when a fourth grader uses a computer to find the secret of reality. Sit with Grandfather while he tells you about the Light... and the Dark. Ten original myths by ten amazing authors. Authors: Ryan Toxopeus • Micha Fire • CM Stewart • Alesha Escobar • Martin Spernau • Charles Barouch • Michelle Mogil • Mike Reeves-McMillan • Ezekiel David • Susan Joslyn Artist: Aaron Wood

Theme-Thology: Day I Died

Publication: HDWP Books
Date: Jan 11, 2014
What if medical science got too good at saving your life? What if you were assured of reincarnation but you had to spend every life with a crazy person? What if your lucky number was trying to kill you? What if we take a different view? We have ten characters in here that are dying to meet you.

Theme-Thology: Invasion

Date: Sep 28, 2013
This anthology contains 15 original stories by 15 amazing authors. Each story will take a unique look at Invasion. There is unique art for each story; some by Juan Ochoa and some by Aaron Wood.

Adjacent Fields

Publication: HDWPbooks
Date: Dec 01, 2012
A novel about the business of invention.

IW: Perspectives on IBM's Sale of the U2 Database Technologies

Publication: InformationWeek
Date: Oct 07, 2009
Who is buying UniVerse and UniData and why? Here are answers from the IBM, Rocket Software, and U2 business and community viewpoints.

eWeek: Flying Under the Radar

Publication: eWeek
Date: Jun 03, 2008
Post-Relational Databases Flying Under the Radar Total Cost of Ownership Reliability and Breadth

eWeek: IBM's On Demand Conversation

Publication: eWeek
Date: Oct 18, 2007
Analyst Charles Barouch finds IBM's Information on Demand 2007 a little smarter and sophisticated, but it sounds an awful lot like IOD 2006 Redux.


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New York, NY

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