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My name is Richard Warren.  Born and raised in Michigan I joined the U.S. Navy in 1970 following my freshman year at Michigan State University, found I liked the service, advanced from Seaman Recruit to Chief Photographer's Mate then was commissioned "from the ranks," and retired in January, 1992, as a Lieutenant.    

My military assignments range from an oceanographic survey unit, to an aircraft carrier, to an amphibious command and control ship, acquisition program manager, and concluding as the Technical Services Director at the Atlantic Intelligence Command.  Unusual for a military career, I have received two gold and one silver medal from the International Film & Television Festival of New York for multimedia productions I created while on active duty.   

I finished my Bachelor's Degree shortly after retiring through the University of the State of New York's Regents College program and continued into a MSM program with Troy State University before my career took me away from the closest campus. I began my MBA studies with the University of Phoenix in the late Spring of 2004, hooked by another retired Navy photographic officer friend of mine who was himself about to graduate.   I completed my studies and received my MBA in e-Business in December, 2005.

My post-Navy "second" career includes positions as Vice President for Information Technology at a large magazine and catalog printing company, founding an Internet start-up out of my corporate IT department, and several VP/SVP/CxO positions with both small and large IT consulting companies.  I have been a member of five of Microsoft's global Partner Advisory Councils, the most recent of which is their E-Business Partner Advisory Council.  

Customers during my second career include Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (launching her original site and acting as her exclusive sitebuilder for three years, but only for Internet-related services and strategy - not investment portfolio consulting...;-), Ford Motor Company (consulting their Ford Supplier Network and retail Build-to-Order initiatives), the Bank of New York, Pfizer, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Electronics Boutique, The Wedding Channel, U.S. Air Force E-Procurement initiatives, and Sky Publishing Company (publisher of Sky & Telescope).   

In September, 2006, I accepted an executive position as Chief Technology Officer for a struggling online marketing and lead management provider in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Having completed their technology migration to a highly virtualized hosting environment, completely upgraded their corporate infrastructure, and put their feet on the path to a realized Application Lifecycle Management discipline using agile processes (SCRUM), I have left the company to pursue other interests.

In 2009 I decided to enter a third phase of my career and accepted an appointment at the Environmental Protection Agency where I actively pursued an Enterprise Project Management agenda for the agency within a Project Management Office while pursuing a PhD in Information Technology, specializing in Project Management.  I have completed my studies, passed my comprehensive examination, and am actively involved writing my dissertation.  

In late 2013, having advanced the EPA PMO to maturity level 3, I accepted a position as the Senior Advisor & E-Business Strategist for the Program Support Center within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  My initial focus was rescuing a failing e-business transformation initiative.  Having launched the rebuilt e-business platform, I'm now focused on helping PSC deploy a PMO, organizational SharePoint Online implementation, and integrated project management information system using Microsoft Project Online.

I have served on the Board of Directors of several companies mostly providing independent e-business strategy oversight (for the ambitious) or initiatives (for the less-than-ambitious).
About the photo...

For the cover of InformationWeek’s May 17, 1997 issue, VP for Information Services, Richard Warren stands in front of a Judd’s, Incorporated Harris M3000 press holding a copy of the first “filmless” production magazine ever printed: a premium edition of Life magazine. The totally filmless workflow from publisher to press was achieved using Internet technologies, Microsoft Windows NT systems and network architectures, multi-terabyte plate image storage, integrated Apple Macintosh prepress software, and dedicated Windows plate imaging systems all of which were integrated with Judd’s IBM AS/400 financial and inventory management systems and Unix-based press and paper roll-stand manufacturing systems.
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