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Darin Hochwender


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... About Me

Senior IT technologist with over 24 years of experience. Unstoppable innovator with a “sixth sense” for the perfect alignment of latest technology and practical business needs. Adept at defining capability gaps, strategizing IT roadmaps, and forecasting revenue impacts. Mentor-focused people leader with unquestioned integrity, a gift for training, and a passion for streamlining and integrating technology across the business.

Having spent the first 12 years of my adult live in the United States Air Force, I learned the true meaning of what it means to be part of and how to lead a team. What we often get wrong is that we should all strive to be leaders. From top to bottom that concept is flawed. What we learn as service men and women is that sometimes you’ll lead but there are also times you need to be a good follower. I’ve brought that same focus, “the right team for the job” into my civilian life. I’ve successfully managed large and small multi-generational and multi-cultural teams. One size does not fit all, I’m battle tested (so to speak), adaptable and able to bring high performance to a team.






Experience

As an enterprise architect, my primary role is to set the technical direction for our organization. A large secondary part of this role is to mentor and lead the developers within the group. Given the nature of application developers, this can often feel like herding cats (which I say in the most loving/respectful way possible). This dynamic, exciting group is responsible for more close to 1/2 a billion dollars of revenue each year.

This group consists of the following product areas; customer correspondence, plastics, remittance processing and archival systems. This group is made up of 100+ application developers and analysts that work on approximately 15 distinct teams. In addition to setting the strategic architectural direction, my passion is and will always be product conception and innovation. I aim to foster a culture of innovation while always balancing the need for sustainability and high quality.

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This was my first, full-time, get dressed up everyday gig within IT. I was like a sponge, I devoured every piece of information I could get my hands on. I started out writing batch code/jobs, by the end of my time with the company I was one of the "expert" CICS programmers. In addition, I was even allowed to work in the systems programming arena. I met some great people and had a wonderful mentor at GuideOne (which at the time was named Preferred Risk).

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While attending school, I was fortunate enough to find a company that would let me hone my craft on their time. I initially started out as an AS/400 computer operator but would be given various programming tasks. By the end of my time with Direct Transit in addition to running their computer operations I was writing code! This was an amazing experience for me and solidified in my mind that I was in the right career field.

Tactical aircraft maintenance, more commonly referred to as an aircraft crew chief. As a crew chief I had the pleasure of "crewing" the amazing and versatile F-16 fighting falcon. I worked for the 185th Tactical Fighter wing and I affectionately called aircraft 85-1551 my baby.

As a crew chief, I was charged with maintaining this 35+ million dollar piece of awesomeness. This involved everything from pre/post flight inspections and phase maintenance. This was an incredibly humbling job. Knowing that every time I launched my aircraft I was responsible for the safety of the pilot. This ultimately taught me an incredible attention to detail and led me to always find new, innovative ways to raise the bar for myself.

I'm sure people look at this and think "what the heck is a logistics specialist?", right? In simple and very generic terms, this is an Airman that buys things their organization needs, tracks equipment, people and supplies as they move around the world...they really do a bit of everything.

Typically this career would land an Airman within a supply organization, I however, took a very different path. I was fortunate enough to start my career with what was at the time the Air Force's largest intelligence organization, the 544th Strategic Intelligence Wing. This was the organization that was smack dab in the middle of the Cuban missile crisis. Sure, I wasn't around at that point, but I was exposed to some amazing things and was able to support an amazing organization.

But wait, my adventure doesn't end there! From there I was accepted into a special duty assignment with Air Force Space Command in Southern Italy! The unit I was attached to performed low altitude space surveillance. They employed a combination of radio frequency and optical surveillance techniques...it was super high-tech, very cutting edge stuff.

Above all else, I'm proud that I was able to serve my country.




Skills

z/OS, Windows, Unix (AIX, Linux - Red Hat/SUSE)

Assembler, COBOL, RPG, PL/I, C++, C#, Java, HTML/CSS/JavaScript, Python, Scripting: KornShell, Bash, REXX

• Valued mentor and leader—provides employees with the autonomy to do their work well while building strong, personal relationships in order to improve communication as well as advance business development efforts.
• Proactive team-based leadership style that gains employee confidence and utilizes their talent and knowledge.
• Conceptualized and implemented business strategies for document management, archival and analytics products sold by First Data.

• Directed full lifecycle project management for projects with a focus on lean software development. http://leansystemssociety.org/
• Spearheaded a multi-year, multi-million-dollar initiative to modernize our output print facilities.
• Improved data visibility across the enterprise by standing up a SharePoint software development lifecycle portal. This site gives resource leaders instant insights into the readiness of their teams related to specific projects.
• Primary point-of-contact between business and technical teams—ensured the alignment of development efforts with bottom-line business objectives.




More About Me

GPA: 3.50 WITCC

Xplor International Electronic Document Professional Commissioner 2014 – 2015
Xplor International – Certified as an Electronic Document Professional (EDP) 2011 – 2020

International Institute of Business Analysts 2015 – Present

Hewlett Packard Software Advisory Board 2009 – 2011




Contact Me:

Darin Hochwender
16034 S St
Omaha, NE 68135
(402)707-5536 darin@ninjacodeguy.com