Michael Hart

Michael Hart

Studies at:

Cornell University - Johnson Graduate School of Management

Location in:

Houston, Houston, Texas Area

Michael Hart

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Studies at:
Cornell University - Johnson Graduate School of Management
Location in:
Houston, Houston, Texas Area

Bio

Highly accomplished information technology executive with expertise in leadership of advanced information systems and technology functions ranging from wide-area network to web and software development to system deployment lifecycles. Proven ability to leverage the benefits of information technology to solve business challenges while managing costs and risks. Proficient as technology lead for acquisitions and business modernization and expansion. Skilled in use of governance frameworks, concepts, and practices for service management, regulatory compliance and security. Strong ability to develop and motivate teams to successfully meet or exceed company objectives.

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Work

2001 – present

VP Information Technology

The Edelman Financial Group
  • (formerly SANDERS MORRIS HARRIS GROUP) Planned and implemented overall vision, design and operation of the corporate Information Technology infrastructure for growing financial services company. Currently leading technology integration efforts for two primary business units within the company including technology security and business continuity. Key Responsibilities and Results:
  • * Modernized network infrastructure for speed, resilience and failover
  • * Designed and implemented redundant virtualized data centers
  • * Technical lead for corporate BCP/DR planning
  • * Implemented VMWare vCloud based lab environment for testing and development
  • * Implemented unified communications technologies for internal and external collaboration including telephony and voice over IP (VOIP), email, video/web conferencing and instant messaging
  • * Converted telephony system to SIP technology without business interruption - reducing costs by over 30%
  • * Appraised network security and created/implemented comprehensive needs assessment and awareness program
  • * Responsible for writing, reviewing, implementing, and maintaining IT related controls and achieving 100% Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) compliance
  • * Selected, trained and managed IT staff for network infrastructure, telephony, governance and help desk
  • * Evaluated and recommended suitable software applications, hardware and vendors
  • * Establish and maintain relationships and preferential pricing with key vendors
  • * Evaluated, piloted, and implemented system to streamline broker commissions
  • * Key member of the team responsible for acquisitions/divestitures and resulting technology integration/segregation
  • * Selected and implemented document management system with short return on investment via file space reduction
  • * Implemented Wiki technology for IT and other departments to allow documentation of procedures and processes
  • * Design and implementation of logical and physical network infrastructure for diverse and geographically dispersed offices
2001 – 2010

Chief Technology Officer

Sanders Morris Harris
1998 – 2001

Director of Information Technology

Cummer/Moyers Financial
  • Oversight of all aspects of the IT infrastructure and support for a financial services firm that included a trading operation and systems to facilitate AIMR compliance performance reporting.
  • Key Responsibilities and Results:
  • * Achieved reduction in telecommunications cost while increasing bandwidth and flexibility
  • * Developed interfaces to enhance reporting capabilities among portfolio management system, trading systems, and third party partners
  • * Year 2000 project responsibility
1992 – 1998

Associate VP Information Technology

Principal Financial Securities- Inc.
  • Rapidly rose through positions of increasing responsibility in regional brokerage firm supporting over 1000 registered representatives.
  • * Created and implemented desktop imaging and deployment methods to facilitate deployment of 1000+ desktop computers in a six month period
  • * Managed daily help desk operations

Work

2001 – present

VP Information Technology

The Edelman Financial Group
  • (formerly SANDERS MORRIS HARRIS GROUP) Planned and implemented overall vision, design and operation of the corporate Information Technology infrastructure for growing financial services company. Currently leading technology integration efforts for two primary business units within the company including technology security and business continuity. Key Responsibilities and Results:
  • * Modernized network infrastructure for speed, resilience and failover
  • * Designed and implemented redundant virtualized data centers
  • * Technical lead for corporate BCP/DR planning
  • * Implemented VMWare vCloud based lab environment for testing and development
  • * Implemented unified communications technologies for internal and external collaboration including telephony and voice over IP (VOIP), email, video/web conferencing and instant messaging
  • * Converted telephony system to SIP technology without business interruption - reducing costs by over 30%
  • * Appraised network security and created/implemented comprehensive needs assessment and awareness program
  • * Responsible for writing, reviewing, implementing, and maintaining IT related controls and achieving 100% Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) compliance
  • * Selected, trained and managed IT staff for network infrastructure, telephony, governance and help desk
  • * Evaluated and recommended suitable software applications, hardware and vendors
  • * Establish and maintain relationships and preferential pricing with key vendors
  • * Evaluated, piloted, and implemented system to streamline broker commissions
  • * Key member of the team responsible for acquisitions/divestitures and resulting technology integration/segregation
  • * Selected and implemented document management system with short return on investment via file space reduction
  • * Implemented Wiki technology for IT and other departments to allow documentation of procedures and processes
  • * Design and implementation of logical and physical network infrastructure for diverse and geographically dispersed offices
2001 – 2010

Chief Technology Officer

Sanders Morris Harris
1998 – 2001

Director of Information Technology

Cummer/Moyers Financial
  • Oversight of all aspects of the IT infrastructure and support for a financial services firm that included a trading operation and systems to facilitate AIMR compliance performance reporting.
  • Key Responsibilities and Results:
  • * Achieved reduction in telecommunications cost while increasing bandwidth and flexibility
  • * Developed interfaces to enhance reporting capabilities among portfolio management system, trading systems, and third party partners
  • * Year 2000 project responsibility
1992 – 1998

Associate VP Information Technology

Principal Financial Securities- Inc.
  • Rapidly rose through positions of increasing responsibility in regional brokerage firm supporting over 1000 registered representatives.
  • * Created and implemented desktop imaging and deployment methods to facilitate deployment of 1000+ desktop computers in a six month period
  • * Managed daily help desk operations

Education

Texas A&M University

2012 – 2014

Cornell University - Johnson Graduate School of Management

Master of Business Administration (MBA)
2012 – 2013

Smith School of Business - Queen's University

Master of Business Administration (MBA)
1995 – 1998

The University of Texas at Dallas

BS

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