I am Lebanese American, husband, dad, and IT techie living in Washougal, Washington. I am currently the Senior Director of data and innovation within IT at Banfield Pet Hospital in Vancouver, Washington. Banfield is the largest privately owned pet care franchise in the world today. Prior to Banfield, I held various IT leadership positions at Thomson Reuters and Verizon Communications in Dallas, Texas. I have a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from the American University of Beirut, a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Dallas, and a Ph.D. in Management and Technology from Walden University. I am also a certified lean six sigma black belt. Besides my corporate engagement, I help support the IT community through speaking engagements, open source code contributions, and authoring various types of publications.
My passion in computers spans over 35 years. It all began sometime around 1981 when I was seven years old and first saw PacMan on Atari 2600. Seeing those moving dots on a black and white television and later in color aroused all the curiosity in me to learn more, play more, and experience more computers and video game electronics. Since that day, I never turned back on computers.