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Asking the Universe for a Favor

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Just when you think the sh*t storm has passed and skies are clearing, you venture out, without the security of your umbrella and get dumped on all over again.

Things were going well in the Griesbauer camp.  My training was super, I was healthy and had strung together some solid races.  Not earth-shattering mind you, but baby-steps…..we walk before we can run, and I was walking and walking well, figuratively speaking.

Life was finding a rhythm again after a few years of turmoil and on top of it all?  There looked like there was some stability coming.  We found smiles were easier to come by.  Life was on the upswing.

Dave had come out for a July 4 visit to Boulder.  He met a guy who swims with out squad who happened to be the CEO of a software company here in Boulder.  Now technology is about as broad a platform as  the ocean is wide, so the likelihood of there being a fit for Dave at this little company was low.  But lo and behold, it worked.  They talked, discussed, debated and negotiated.

Then it happened.  In early August, he got an offer with this firm called UpSync.  There were endless possibilities for all he could add to their business.  His experience?  His skill set?  His network?  And where he thought he could take this little piece of software?  Pretty exciting all around.

We sold our house in Boston in a hurry.  And found a place here in Boulder to live.  It was all coming together.  Dave had a job he was excited about, we could finally be together after nearly 3 years of me traveling constantly?  And all is this beautiful new place.

Yes, indeed, the skies were clearing.

And then we got the call on Friday at 8:00 PM from the CEO of UpSync.  There was no job.  “Concerns about burn rate,” he said.  Unfathomable to us that these' "concerns" weren't there 6 weeks ago when the offer was made.  They weren't there 5 weeks ago when the offer was accepted.  They werne't there 4 weeks ago when they finalized start date.  They weren't there 3 weeks ago when we checked in to verify employment for a loan we were getting to buy the house.  They weren't there 2 weeks ago when Dave checked in before making the drive to Boston, and they weren't there a week ago when he called to check in and make sure "We're good."  But there, 72 hours beore Dave was to start a job that we uprooted our entire lives for, there were concerns.

While he assured us he was equally distraught over this turn of events, he hadn’t sold his home of 11 years, uprooted his entire life and now stood, 10 days out from a closing on a new house without a job and without a network to find a job in the kind of time we had left.  Sorry, dude, but your sense of distraught?  Laughable compared to the ruin you’ve inflicted on us.

While what UpSync has done to us isn’t illegal, we’ll just file it under immoral, unethical and just plain shitty.  Good to know what kind of people they are, anyway.  It’s funny because the CEO told us in a panic meeting on Saturday trying to salvage this that “Up until I was 22, I didn’t live my life with much integrity.”  …implying that he does now. 

Not dwelling in things we can’t fix and in people no longer worth our time, we are in full triage mode to sort this out moving forward.  How do we find Dave a job so that we can stay in this beautiful place, and not lose our shirts on a house and find Dave a job?

While we are embarrassed for this turn of events and feel like fools, wondering “How did we get here?”, we don’t have time for that either.

Our knee-jerk reaction is to walk away from the house, lose the money we have invested in it, and return to Boston where our network is strong.  But what if we threw a Hail Mary here, and tried to make this work after all?  It’s lunacy, but we’ve got a few days, so why not.  As Griesbauers always do, at least we’ll go down swinging.

So we’re asking the universe for a favor.  Help us find Dave a job in Boulder/Denver.  He’s got over 20 years experience in the Information Technology space.  Starting as a programmer, he is now more of a liaison between technology (programmers) and business (users).  While a bulk of his career has been in financial services, his skill set is far more broad and could apply to any industry.   He’s got an East coast work ethic, and comes from a 24/6 work environment and I happen to think he’s rather handsome, though that’s not a “skill” most employers seek.

If you have any thoughts on his behalf or have an idea of how we might go about finding a professional fit for him in a town where most the people we know swim, bike and run for a living…we’re all ears.

David L. Griesbauer · This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Professional Summary

Knowledgeable technology leader with experience in team and project management in the investment management industry. Over seventeen years experience in systems analysis, design, implementation and integration, project planning and problem resolution. Experience includes global equity, fixed income and derivative markets.

Technical Summary

• Expert knowledge of Charles River IMS, ITG/Macgregor’s XIP, FIX Protocol, Eagle PACE, OASYS, CTM, Alert, Linedata’s Longview, ITG Channel and Liquidnet.

• Extensive experience working with Factset, Bloomberg and Barra suite of products.

• Advanced knowledge of SQL Server, TCL, JavaScript, Microsoft Office Automation using Visual Basic, ASP, HTML, PowerBuilder, Informix 4GL. Experience working in both Windows and UNIX environments.

• Certifications include Mastering Visual Basic 6 Development, PowerBuilder: Fast Track to PowerBuilder, Mastering Data Windows, Building Object-Oriented Applications in PowerBuilder, Building Applications Using the PowerBuilder Foundation Classes.

 

Professional Experience

State Street Global Markets -  December, 2012 – September, 2013. Consultant/Project Manager

• Plans, directs and coordinates activities of the IT organization and finance group to ensure that goals and objectives of the FSA regulatory reporting project are accomplished on time and within budget.

Eaton Vance Management -  February, 2007 – December 2011. Vice President-Equity Investment Systems

• Managed the equity investment systems technology team. Supported all equity investment professionals with technology needs including functionality in and around the Charles River order management system (OMS), a proprietary equity research system and market data services.

• Provided technology based solutions, by facilitating interactions between equity professionals, compliance department and operations groups.

• Developed proprietary stock screening models leveraging internal research and market data. These models help equity portfolio managers manage funds and develop a scalable process to enable future growth.

• Managed the upgrade of Charles River OMS from v7.2 to v8.2 across 150+ users, including equity investment professionals, private client groups, and fixed income investment professionals. Project was completed four weeks early and 15% under budget. Implemented Cameron’s FIX HA solution for the CRD environment.

• Consultant to the ongoing implementation of Eagle Investment Systems PACE data warehouse; centralizing data storage and lowering market data costs. Helped the internal team understand the concepts of how to effectively store data from multiple external sources for use in numerous downstream investment and reporting systems.

• Supervised multiple projects relating to fund compliance and the enhancement of middle office roles previously outsourced to State Street Bank. These changes resulted in significant cost savings for the firm.

• Oversaw all transaction cost analysis (TCA) performed by the equity trading desk. Worked closely with the vendor to convert from the Plexus legacy environment to the ITG environment.

Batterymarch Financial Management Co. -  January, 2001 – January, 2007 -  Manager-Trading Technology.

• Managed the selection and implementation of a new OMS for firm-wide use. Assessed business needs of portfolio managers, traders, back office employees and the compliance team in conducting the search.

• Led the implementation of ITG’s XIP to replace Longview’s Landmark and a proprietary OMS. Managed the configuration and customization of the OMS meet business requirements. Successfully completed implementation on time and on budget.

• Analyzed and refined existing workflows and developed a web application to automate order routing from portfolio management to the trading desk. Significantly streamlined order creation and routing, enhancing selection of daily trading strategies. Decreased the potential of human error and saved valuable time for portfolio managers and traders each day.

• Developed daily trade extracts for three transaction cost analysis (TCA) providers, including developing code to parse FIX logs to support a vendor requirements. Worked with trading desk and the TCA providers to analyze the trade executions and enable the traders to add value to the investment process.

• Oversaw the daily and nightly operations of XIP and the support for 6 traders, 17 portfolio managers and a 3 person compliance team.

• Trained portfolio managers, traders, and the compliance team on functionality of XIP.

 

State Street Research & Management Co - . July, 1999 – December 2000 -  Business System Analyst

• Extensive work with the PACE data warehouse as a critical piece to the overall daily workflow encompassing positions, transactions and security master. Worked with the PACE data model to retrieve data for use in the Landmark OMS, the internal intranet site and daily reports.

• Developed an equity intranet site, incorporating internal and external research, portfolio holdings, transactions, and performance data from multiple databases.

• Developed and supported the automation and transmission of daily transaction reports sent to portfolio managers.

• Managed the daily and nightly operations of Landmark OMS, supporting 20 portfolio managers and 6 traders. Sole support for equity portfolio management team, facilitating their day-to-day responsibilities including order generation and portfolio rebalancing.

 

Ark Asset Management Co., Inc.  - September, 1994 – June, 1999 Programmer/Analyst.

• Analyzed the Fixed Income trading processes and coordinated the development, testing, and implementation of a proprietary OMS for portfolio managers, traders, and back office operations.

• Automated and standardized quarterly client report, including quarterly summary, portfolio performance and asset analysis.

• Analyzed the expense reporting processes and developed an automated menu driven system in Excel to more efficiently produce standard expense reports for the accounting department.

 

Booz·Allen & Hamilton Inc. - August, 1992 – September, 1994 - Consultant.

• Analyzed business processes within the Environmental Protection Agency Superfund program. Identified opportunities for and successfully improved productivity through automation.

• Integrated mainframe, LAN, and PC based systems to streamline the design and generation of standard and ad-hoc reports for clients, congressional requests, and public inquiries.

• Created a user-friendly process to produce client reports, incorporating text, graphs and graphics into fact sheets using Microsoft Excel macros. The automation of these fact sheets reduced production time from weeks to a day.

 

Training/Conferences

• Utilized by financial market research firms and at industry conferences as a buy side technology expert. Frequent panelist, speaker and resource on matters relating to technology capabilities in the field of investment management.

• Eaton Vance Management Communication Skills Program, August 2011

• ITIL v3 Foundation Certified, March 2010 • Center for Creative Leadership – Leading for Organizational Impact: The Looking Glass Experience, June 2008

• Additional training certifications; Effective Leadership & Coaching Skills and What Managers Should Know About Employment Law

 

Education

Loyola University Maryland – Sellinger School of Business and Management

• Bachelor of Business Administration Degree, Management Information Systems, 1992

 

Additional Information

• Member of the Technology Committee at Eastward Ho! Country Club

• Finisher Lake Placid Ironman Triathlon 2012, Boston Marathon 2011 (raised over $10,000 for Dana Farber Cancer Institute) and 2012, Cape Cod Marathon 2000 and multiple 70.3 distance triathlons, olympic distance triathlons and half marathons

• Loyola University Division I Swim Men’s Team 1988-1992, MVP 1990 and 1992, Captain 1990-1992, all time career point total leader 1992-1998

• Corporate Sports Battle participant 1992-1993, volunteer 1993-1999

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