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Work History

Student Loan Genius

Sept 2016Present


Leading all aspects of technology, security and operations enabling us to crush student loan debt problem.

Vice President Technology & Security

Architect of the 43,000sqft high security underground data center in Austin, TX.
Designed and implemented a world-class recognized secure and scalable storage architecture which currently process in excess of 30PB of confidential client data annually across 9 US and OCONUS based datacenters. Our environment has been recognized as one of the top 10 storage architectures in the world and is regularly referenced to model storage environments nationwide. The result of this architecture affords the company the ability to capture millions of dollars in recurring revenue every year. Our environment has achieved the painstaking process of achieving ISO 27001, HIPAA and Safe Harbor certifications. We were the first to obtain ISO27001 in our industry and it has since become a standard.
Drove the implementation of cloud based technologies. These technologies have been proven to reduce our client costs by as much as 35%, reduce our internal costs by 60% and increase our overall margins by 15%. Clients like the ability to securely access their data from anywhere. With this direction put into motion 3 years ago, we were one of the pioneers in our industry to enter cloud based services.
Led technology due diligence for 5 acquisitions in addition to all efforts around post-acquisition integration. The integration of technology into our core technology environment resulted in millions of dollars saved in excess staff, infrastructure and support. Our ability to perform integrations within an average of 6 months allowed us to get new products in client’s hands very quickly. It has always been a direct focus on our customers and ensuring they get the best experience possible within our environment and service offerings.
Responsible for IT and business process improvements, technological consistency and alignment with business strategy, performance metric tracking and management, overall program, project and software development/software lifecycle(SDLC) management, engineering governance, forensic services and enterprise architecture development.  Led our local (12) and offshore (50) engineering teams responsible for development and QA of tool automation, bug fixes, software upgrades, reverse engineering tools to resolve project based issues, processing data from non-standard tools, process automation and sustaining engineering. Implemented best practice aligned with Agile/SCRUM methodologies.
Owner for budget of all P&L, and Capital Expenditures related to technology and security. Actively participated in corporate strategy development and presentations of security and technology updates to the Board of Directors.
Participated in client presentations which involved designing, presenting and implementing high ROI business cases for new strategies and upgrades.


Oct 2001Feb 2004

Independent Consultant

Independent Consultant Provided technology architecture, design, security, and implementation for small to medium businesses including, Hot and Sky Venture. Consulting areas included physical and data security, messaging systems, disaster recovery, general IT and networking


Nov 2000Oct 2001

Chief Technology Officer

Chief Technology Officer Reporting to CEO, responsible for all aspects of technology development, sales and support of the vCTO offering as well as overall budgetary responsibility for entire technology operations

Managed IT, Project Management, QA, Software Development, and implementation teams, including approximately 40 full time and contract direct and indirect employees


Mar 2000Nov 2000

Chief Technology Officer

Chief Technology Officer Reporting to President, responsible for all aspects of technology development and delivery of our proprietary fitness tracking devices. These devices measures and tracked body fat, hydration, caloric burn, along with steps taken

In addition, I oversaw CapEx, lease and vendor negotiation.  Managed national technology staff and external consultants responsible for all technology-related decisions and resources including site architecture, availability, security, HIPAA compliance, web development and integration, hardware/software development, disaster recovery, commerce, B2B integration, fulfillment, customer service, LAN\ WAN and help desk support


Feb 1999Mar 2000

Principal Consultant

Principal Consultant Responsible for eCommerce, High Availability, and Security Consulting across US and Canada for Dell's Enterprise Systems Group Design and delivery of technology infrastructures as well as policy/procedures to support high volume Internet sites which incorporated high availability, security, systems and network management, application architecture, backup and disaster recovery 

Launched websites and infrastructures for, Nordstrom and, and many others


Sep 1998Feb 1999


Webmaster Develop, deploy, troubleshoot, and manage web technologies and infrastructure to support e-commerce initiatives for a major scientific product company with overall responsibility for e-commerce infrastructure uptime, availability, and security


Dec 1996Sep 1998

Lead Senior Consultant

Lead Senior Consultant Development and delivery of technology services to our internal and external clients including the creation, development, and sales for eCommerce/Information Security consulting offerings


Mar 1994Dec 1996

Smith Kline Beecham R&D IT Consultant

Smith Kline Beecham R&D IT Consultant Provided end-user support through the analysis and correction of software and hardware issues. Major accomplishments include project leadership of initiative to disinfect the entire network from the word concept-macro virus


Sampling of recommendations from colleagues, customer, and business partners. See additional recommendations on my LinkedIn profile

Jake Wood - CEO Team Rubicon

Over the course of four years I've observed Brian in numerous environments ranging from the office to the most austere field environments imaginable. Despite being tasked with seemingly overwhelming challenges, Brian always had a knack for bringing teams together to find innovative solutions. His ability to communicate, lead (and follow), and overcome are an asset on any team in any role.

Paul Chorazy
I've had the opportunity to work with Brian for over 10 years at RenewData. Brian has always been a huge asset to the sales team. His knowledge and expertise are invaluable in front of clients.

Rich Slaby
I have worked with Brian for 7 years and have found him to be very knowledgeable and client focused. He is also outstanding when presenting to clients. He is someone that I count on everyday to make sure my clients are getting the quality of service they expect!

Andy Chaffee
Brian is the complete package; smart, conversant and willing to go the extra mile to ensure everyone is satisfied. He is confident in any situation and has the intellect to interact with all levels on a peer basis. In either a new or existing situation, Brian ensures that the message is correctly presented and helps drive the event, sales or otherwise, to the logical conclusion, which yields to success. If you are looking for an “A” player on your team, rest assured Brian is the man!

Louis Scharringhausen
Brian is a detail oriented manager and mentor. His vast understanding of security issues, from IT to physical cannot be overstated. While he was my direct supervisor, he constantly spurred me on to continue to grow in my profession and learn new things. Brian is on a never-ending quest to constantly improve the service he provides to his employer and our clients by never ceasing to learn new things and employ better methods. It has been my honor to work with him.

Theresa Anastasia
Brian is one of the best leaders I have ever worked with. He always gives 100%, is open to new ideas, is result driven and is undoubtedly one of the leading experts in the field of Information Technology. I admire the way he is able to communicate his vast knowledge to both internal and external clients in a manner that is highly technical yet easily understood by all. Brian is very approachable and has a way of making even the most challenging obstacles seem hopeful!

Joe Venturella

Brian is a cut above any person I have ever worked with. His technical skills are without question. Brian also is an excellent leader, organizer and mentor with an uncommon ability to address problems in the proper context. He has all of the qualities you would want in a leadership position, but his biggest strength is the ability to see his responsibilities and how they play a role in the larger picture. All of the qualities I listed above are nothing compared to Brian's out of the office passions, all of which focus on helping someone that needs help. He's one of the best people I know.

Publications and Presentations

RenewData Corp

Feb 2004Present


Building a Sound Forensic Readiness Plan

Preparing for Regulatory or Internal Investigations

eDiscovery 911-Responding to the Unexpected Request ESI 

IT Symposium

Sep 2014Sep 2014

Changing Culture with Robots: A Case Study About Rediscovering Innovation in the Workplace

Paraben Forensic Innovation Conference (PFIC)

Nov 2011Nov 2011

Combining USB Registry Info, LNK files, and File Data/Time Stamps to Uncover what Happened with Data Transfer

Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS)


How Data Mapping Arms You for Courtroom Battles

Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC)


Data Breach Preparedness & Prevention

Dell Power Solutions Magazine

Feb 2000Feb 2000

Windows 2000 Security

Dell Power Solutions Magazine

Dec 1999Dec 1999

eCommerce and Internet Hosting with Windows NT and IIS

Dell Power Solutions Magazine


Demystifying Windows NT Security


Private Investigator - State of Texas Qualified Manager

CISSP – Certified Information Systems Security Professional

MCSE+Internet – Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer

CSA – Certified Solaris Administrator

CCSE – Certified Checkpoint Security Engineer

CCSA – Certified Checkpoint Security Administrator

A-Plus – Industry standard computer certification

CEH - Certified Ethical Hacker

EnCE - EnCase Certified Examiner

Professional Affiliations

Infragard - FBI Critical Infrastructure Protection Organization

HTCIA - High Tech Crime Investigation Association

HTCC - High Tech Crime Consortium

CTCWG - Central Texas Counterterrorism Working Group

City of Austin CERT - Community Emergency Response Team

FBI Citizen's Academy - Graduate, Class of 2009

Board Memberships

Central Texas Infragard - Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

InfraGard is an association of businesses, academic institutions, state and local law enforcement agencies, and other participants dedicated to sharing information and intelligence to prevent hostile acts against the United States.

  • Vice President                           January 2009 – Current
  • Treasurer                                     January 2008 – Dec 2008

High Tech Crime Investigators Association (HTCIA)
Chapter of the year awarded in 2009. The first time in HTCIA history a small chapter has won this honor

  • President                                     January 2009 – Dec 2009
  • Vice President                            January 2008 – Dec 2008

Volunteer Work

Travis County Search and Rescue 

Incorporated in the state of Texas since 1993.  Registered First Responder Organization with the Texas Department of Health and Human Services and a member of the Austin/Travis County EMS System. 

  • Special Operations Unit / Tech Rescue Commander    
  • Incident Commander                                                                
  • Ground Team Member
  • President of Executive Board (January 2011 – 2013)                                              

Team Rubicon                                         

Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams.

  • Regional Operations Manager
  • Response Command & General Staff
  • International Response Team
  • Remote & Disaster Tech Specialist
  • UAV Specialist/Pilot
  • Palantir Technician