Thursday, November 19, 2015

Life Update

It's ironic that I haven't blogged since I last took on a new challenge. I have been quite busy with work, family, and coaching youth travel baseball. That said, I have decided to take on a new challenge at GM in the Global Connected Consumer Experience organization. I'm excited to take on a new challenge in the mobile apps space. I don't expect to blog much, so find me on twitter or linkedin.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

New Opportunities

"Change is inevitable - except from a vending machine." ~Robert C. Gallagher

It has been a fantastic couple of years at OnStar! I've enjoyed working on a variety of initiatives with such amazing dedicated and quality people, and I've learned a great deal.

However, opportunity was knocking and I've decided to move over to GM IT in the Enterprise Technology Solutions group. I'm looking forward to new challenges and opportunities as I take on this new role.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Sharepoint B2C

Over the last several years I've had some type of position that involved me in some way with using Microsoft Sharepoint. Traditionally, this tool has always been thought of as a best in class internal-use tool for intranets. However in the last couple years this trend seems to be expanding to external B2C sites as well. Now we have several leading sites using Sharepoint on their public facing branded sites.

Check out this site and you may be surprised at the sites running in the B2C space on Sharepoint.

http://www.topsharepoint.com/?r_sortby=highest_rated&r_orderby=desc

Monday, February 06, 2012

Construction

It's been a while since I've taken on a good construction project. I've finished off a basement before (with some help) and closely supervised 3 new constructions of building a home... but not much in the last 6 years.

This project is much smaller in size: new kitchen countertops, backsplash, crown molding, carpet, drapes, and fresh coat of paint. We haven't done much to our house since we built it, and it's time for some sprucing up.

I've never done crown molding before, and considered hiring this out. But I enjoy the challenge and I have the tools, so why not? I'm learning that it is not so simple to get those angles right. For those just starting out with this, the dual sided crown molding really helps to just make it easy to flip it over and not worry as much about cutting the correct side of the molding -- but it's still challenging to say the least.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011: A Life Changing Year

It's been a while since I've blogged. I spend more time these days on linkedin and twitter. However, I would like to take a few moments to reflect on what has been an excellent year all around. A few highlights:

1. We had great news from Alexander's cardiologist that he most likely won't need any more heart surgery.
2. Andrew is doing very well in school and sports.
3. Emma constantly reminds us of her presence in wonderful ways.
4. I hit my goal of losing ~70 pounds and kept it off.
5. I knocked another year of classes off on my MBA degree at Wayne State University (which was named among the top part-time MBA programs in the country by US News and World Report), and started a new certificate program at Carnegie Mellon University.

2012 will be hard to top this, but I'm looking forward to trying. :)

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Wayne State University part-time MBA program named among top in nation

For complete article, visit here.

SBA part-time MBA program named among top in nation
WSU, UM only Michigan universities ranked by U.S. News & World Report

By MARCENA GORGAES | The South End
Updated: 08/19/11 11:17pm

The Wayne State School of Business Administration has earned its way to many notable awards recently. Appearing in the 2012 edition of the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools,” WSU’s undergraduate business program was recognized as one of the top schools in the nation for its part-time master of business administration program.

According to the U.S. News & World Report guidebook, “part-time M.B.A. rankings are based solely on a fall 2010 peer assessment survey that asked business school deans and M.B.A. program directors at each of the nation’s 295 part-time M.B.A. programs to rate the other part-time programs on a 5-point scale, from marginal (1) to outstanding (5).”

Only 165 colleges in the U.S. were acknowledged for their master of business administration programs. There were only two universities recognized from the state of Michigan, exemplifying WSU’s high level of achievement.

The other university that was acknowledged for its undergraduate business program was the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, which ranked as the top university in Michigan with part-time M.B.A programs.

The SBA has also been acknowledged in 2011 for other achievements.

The school was featured in the 2011 editions of the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” list and Princeton Review’s “The Best 300 Business Schools” list. Furthermore, the school’s online master of business administration option was named among the top “Best Buys” by GetEducated.com.

The SBA has an Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International-accredited degree program with a wide range of undergraduate majors from which business students can choose. Some of the majors students can choose from include accounting, finance, management, marketing and global supply chain management.

Currently, there are 2,600 undergraduate students enrolled in the SBA. More than half of these undergraduate students focus on earning their degrees while also maintaining part-time work. The part-time master of business administration program allows students to earn their degree even if they also have to work or raise a family.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Golf Update

After almost a year of trying out clubs, I've decided to keep my Ping IsoForce Anser putter and replace everything else. I'm going all Callaway and purchased from Callaway Golf Preowned. It's a great site that sells like-new clubs and significant discounts! I picked up an FT-iz driver, FT 3 wood and 2 hybrid, Diablo Forged 3-9, PW and Jaws Chrome wedges. I haven't hit any of them except the driver because the weather has been so bad lately. Hopefully soon I'll get on the course!

In other Golf news, Golf Digest recently came out with their top 100 public courses list, and there were several shakeups compared to last year.

Of the courses I've played, Whistling Straits and Arcadia Bluffs stayed at their #3 and #10 spots respectively. I generally agree with this ranking. While I enjoyed playing Arcadia Bluffs significantly more than Whistling Straits, it did feel like Whistling Straits was a more championship level of difficulty in comparison. Forest Dunes dropped a couple spots to #20, and Eagle Eye tied for #53. New on the list was a course I played in Wisconsin known as the Bull at #86. I found this course in great shape, very challenging, and a bargain!

New Michigan Courses on the list this year include True North at #33, Elk Ridge at #69, the Bear at #81 and Lakewood Shores at #88. Tullymore dropped significantly from #15 to #36, and Black Lake and Bay Harbor held onto their middle of the pack rankings of #46 at #62 (slight changes).

I was disappointed to see Shepherd's Hollow fall off the list, but with so many new additions something has to get bumped I suppose.

Monday, March 07, 2011

Golf Clubs

I'm back in the market for new golf clubs. Navigating through the sea of choices of golf equipment and what is marketing vs reality is a very difficult task. So far, I bought a new Callaway FTiz driver but really I'm looking at replacing the entire set (except my putter). I still need a fairway wood, iron set, wedges, and possibly a hybrid. Irons are the toughest choice out of these...

Mizuno has some nice offerings this year with the JPX800 Pro and MP53, both which are on my short list. I still can't get away from that buttery feel of the Callaway Diablo Forged as well. For a low to mid 80s golfer, there are too many choices out there and it's hard to make a decision.

More demo days coming up over the next few weekends will hopefully lead to making a decision about this before the snow melts.

Friday, December 31, 2010

Reflecting on 2010

As I reflect on the past year on this New Year's Eve 2010, I realize that this was really a year of great accomplishments.

1. My family is doing wonderfully. The kids are growing up so fast, and are doing well in school. Alex had great news from the cardiologist at his heart checkup and Andrew continues to do well in everything (especially baseball).
2. I lost 50+ pounds and am in the best health since high school. Plain and simple exercise, sticking to a schedule, and eating healthier did the trick. A little direction and accountability by these folks have helped out more than I ever imagined.
3. I finally started my MBA at Wayne State University - in my opinion one of Michigan's best MBA programs - and knocked out 5 courses. I have 9 more courses to go and am learning a great deal as I pursue a dual concentration in MIS and Management.
4. After an exhaustive job search, I expanded my professional network which resulted in my choice of great opportunities in a down economy, and I feel I made the right choice. I get to work with great people, innovative technology, and cool cars.
5. Last but certainly not least, I posted my best ever round of golf on 18 holes!

I'm looking forward to 2011 and what the new year will bring. Happy New Year everyone!