I am Director of Analytics & Data Governance at Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork processor. I have a passion for using data to help business leaders gain greater insight and make more effective decisions. The tremendous advances in software, explosion of data sources and ready availability of powerful computing resources in recent years have made this an exciting time to be in the field data. My role at Smithfield Foods has given me the ability to work with talented teams of people to improve the quality of the data we generate, streamline the processes by which we govern it, implement new methods of gaining business insight, and deploy Big Data technologies to take advantage of the staggering volume of external data sources now available to us.
When not working at my “real” job, I am most often spending time with my wife and our children at their sports activities, serving as an Assistant Scoutmaster for my son’s Boy Scout troop, or experimenting with new machine learning methods in R, Python and various other toolsets.