Ted's technology career was the natural continuum of an earlier career in New York City as both a performing musician and audio engineer where he earned stage and studio experiences that surpassed many of his early dreams. It was, in fact, the music industry’s creative technology tools that lead him to a new found passion for information and media technologies; the content creation side (front end) and the hard core engineering side (back end). With a rich background in the arts Ted sprinted off to grad school where he was awarded a full teaching assistantship. It was at the New York Institute of Technology where he earned his M.A. in Communications Technologies with a focus on graphic design and digital 3-D animation.
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Well, hold on a second… A funny thing happened on the way. Ted's M.A. curriculum at NYIT was a grueling, disciplined technology boot camp learning tri-axis design mechanics and aesthetics as well as the study of nature in motion, how to edit-store-curate and archive both digital and analogue media. With NYIT alumni the likes of Alvy Smith (Pixar Animation founder), Lance Williams (Disney feature animator), and Hank Grebe (Dreamworks Animation) Ted was a sure fire bet to be the next in line to this pedigree. Or so he thought. As it turned out, part of Ted's assistantship with NYIT required he not only assistant teach, but also learn how to maintain the SpaceX-like technology in their labs, and own that mission through his M.A. program. Serendipity-do-da indeed! With Master’s degree in hand Ted became sought after, not as a 3-D animator, but as a technology engineer well versed in the technology needs of today’s I.T. and media industries. A technology career was born.
…JUST GETTING STARTED!
From his earliest days Ted learned a few key industry insider tips: Cheap technology decisions are the most costly, keep it simple, and most important, technology is people. Ted's always taken a personal interest in the technology driven goals and dreams of those that hire him. And that’s been his special sauce. Ted's tech industry journey has brought him to Fortune 100 companies, historically important media companies, top fashion and world-news photographers, blockbuster e-commerce startups and the private work spaces of some of the most fascinating people in the world. Within this journey Ted's had the privilege to work alongside some of the most talented colleagues in the industry. My goodness it’s been a wild road! And he's just getting started.
Ted's been providing collaborative leadership in the tech space since 2004. As a career hallmark, he continues to be a staunch advocate, practitioner and educator on data privacy and security in our hyper vulnerable world due to the advent of public cloud technologies.