Vice President, Technology
Pier 1 Imports: October 2016 to Present
Reporting to CIO – Responsible for two data centers, data center mechanical systems, data center operations, NOC, IT Service Desk, End-User Computing environment spanning over 1000 locations and 10,000+ clients, IT depot services, store technology, ITSM systems, server systems, databases, storage and data networks.
Director, Information Technology
Pier 1 Imports: June 2015 to October 2016
Reporting to CIO – Responsible for two data centers, data center mechanical systems, data center operations, NOC, IT Service Desk, End-User Computing environment spanning over 1000 locations and 10,000+ clients, IT depot services, store technology, and ITSM systems.
Director, Technology Strategy & User Experience
Pier 1 Imports: January 2011 to June 2015
Team created by CEO to lead business strategy and innovation in support of our omni-channel initiatives. Responsible for selecting and implementing ecommerce, order management, store pickup, mobile systems strategy, and payment platforms. Designed, developed, and deployed hardware and software for store kiosks and tablets. Responsible for being the company Technology Evangelist delivering a quarterly presentation to the executive team on the state of retail technology, trends, and innovations. Responsible for oversight of User Experience initiatives for internal and customer facing applications (ecommerce).
Director, Infrastructure Technology
Pier 1 Imports: February 2000 to January 2011
Reporting to CIO – Responsible for multiple datacenters (including mechanicals), 1050+ retail store network (Cisco), all server system platforms (Windows, AIX, Linux, IBM mainframe), storage systems (EMC, HP), IT disaster recovery planning and execution. Responsible planning and managing multi-million dollar infrastructure capitol and expense budgets.
Lead, Network & Server Systems
Corporate Express/Staples: July 1997 to January 2000
Responsible for six location LAN/WAN and small datacenters across 5 states operating on a T1 and Frame Relay network. Based on Nortel switches, Cisco routers, and Compaq servers running Microsoft Windows.
Server Technical Support
AST Computer: January 1995 to July 1997
Help Desk Supervisor
Mouser Electronics: June 1990 to January 1995
The Geek Pub
November 2012 to Present
An online YouTube TV Show and website dedicated to building projects and teaching others how to do it themselves. The Geek Pub has grown my leaps and bounds over the last few years and is fully self-supporting.
Murray McMurray, LLC.
January 2013 to Present
A real estate investment company founded by my wife and me, purchasing residential properties, rehabbing them, and leasing them to tenants.
North Star Online (NSOL)
January 1995 to November 1995
A dial-up ISP serving customers in Dallas/Fort Worth. Grew it from zero to several hundred paying monthly subscribers, before selling it to Internet America.