After living in Prague, Czech Republic for over three years, my wife and I decided to return to the United States. Bohemia Interactive Simulations was acquired by a private equity firm called Riverside in Jan. 2013. My family and I felt that with the acquisition it was a good time to return to the United States for a time. I resigned from Bohemia Interactive Simulations as the Chief Operations Officer in May 2013. However, the management asked me to remain with the company regardless of location so as to smoothly transition in my replacements. I subsequently accepted the Chief Information Officer role as a subset of my previous responsibilities.
This new position worked out well because I was in the midst of finding a new office building for the Prague headquarters and had been conflicted over leaving Prague without completing this task. I really didn’t want to leave the staff I spent years mentoring without tending to their new location. Moreover, as COO I managed over ten different departments, so handling far fewer departments gave me some pleasant relief of additional responsibilities.
Soon after accepting the position as CIO, I secured the lease for a new Prague office and set out to refurnish the building. The project took two months to complete and we finished on schedule with no issues. You can read more about it in my project report: Relocated Prague Office. Meanwhile, I was also transitioning in my COO replacement, managing an under-staffed IT team, and leading multiple new IT initiatives.
After everyone moved into the new office, I left Prague and arrived in Sandy, Utah. Operating as CIO remotely was a breath of fresh air, since I was able to work on some larger projects without consistent interruption of daily office issues. During this time I worked primarily on Disaster Recovery for all offices, security review, budget review, and preparation for the upcoming expansion of our Orlando office.
The expansion of the Orlando office would more than double the current capacity but would also require a comprehensive re-wiring and transition of the IT infrastructure. I worked closely with Jacob Jarvis, the Orlando IT Manager, to support this effort and again transition the staff without a loss in productivity. We accomplished this move in December 2013 and continued wrapping up loose ends into the first quarter of 2014. You can read more in my project review: Orlando Office Expansion.
In February 2014, the executive management identified and hired my IT Manager replacement, Radesh Ramotar, and Senior IT Technician, Andrew Bailey. At this point my focus shifted from maintaining the IT infrastructure and team toward delegating more of my given responsibilities over to my replacements. I assisted Radesh in understanding the global architecture as well as the political landscape in which he entered. After frequent visits to Orlando, the executive management felt that the transition of responsibility was effective and I left the organization.
Currently I am taking some time to acquire certifications that I put off while being so busy in Prague, such as the PMP, ITIL, and Scrumaster. I am also currently working with Unreal Engine 4 in the development of a video game.
For more pictures of my time at Bohemia Interactive Simulations, check out my Google+ Photo Albums.