Larry Beck

Larry Beck

Principal Consultant & Entrepreneur

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Skills

Cybersecurity

100%

Compliance

100%

Blockchain

100%

Privacy

100%

Cloud

100%

Transformation

100%

M&A

100%


Introduction

Technologist | Cybersecurity | Compliance | Blockchain | Privacy | M&A | Advisor | IoT | Cloud | Transformation


Technology, Business, and Corporate Finance Professional with a wide spectrum of skills applicable across different verticals and roles. Due to my progressive experience and expertise in Technology, Management, and Business, I know how to deal with a variety of organizations globally; performing well in high-pressure, competitive environments. A passionate achiever with a solid background in developing product-market fit and strategy, forging industry relationships, creating technology vision, and product roadmaps; combined with outstanding business results. Well-rounded, multilingual, culturally aware professional with a unique ability to relate to diverse populations with various backgrounds. Highly skilled in solving technical, financial, and business problems for clients and other stakeholders. Committed to improving life quality on the individual and social level.


CORE COMPETENCIES


  • Respected Business and Technology Leader. Offering proven ability to capitalize on enterprise-level technologies to produce multi-million dollar savings.
  • Technology and Usability Expert. Proven adaptability and innovation in program leadership, executive strategies, and architectural design.
  • World-Class Technology Teams. Created talented and loyal teams by gathering diverse technical skills, with consistent motivation, management, and strategic communications.
  • Trusted Advisor to Executive Teams. Influencing focus on core business competencies, with feasibility analysis for proposed technology alternatives.
  • Keen Attention to Detail. Accurate, reliable, and diligent. Always complete projects/tasks within budgets and schedules. Can handle any ongoing challenges. Excelled in technology research and business writing.
  • Dynamic Communicator and Brilliant Negotiator. Negotiated and closed numerous high-value deals. Worked in 15+ countries, being exposed to a variety of cultures.
  • Community Involvement. Engaged in numerous non-profit initiatives, effectively communicating with non-profits, sponsors, donors, volunteers, and other stakeholders.
  • Invigorating Business Capabilities Through Global Application of Technology. Shaping flexible technology solutions. Positioning firms for market disruption.

Work Experience

Principal Consultant & Founder / The Beck Organization
2008 - Current

Focus on decentralization and disruption, and the people and organizations that enable us to do so. Develop solutions involving blockchain, IoT, DLT, and other technologies noted below in Technology Summary. Also involved in projects involving privacy, information security, data analytics, cloud infrastructure design and implementation, GRC, M&A SME consulting, and overall business and technology project management.

  • Technology Consultant / WyoHackathon (University of Wyoming) (2018 - Current): Provide leadership, technology strategy, and social media strategy for blockchain and technology hackathon, conferences, and related events.
  • Technology Consultant / Wyoming Blockchain Coalition (2018 - Current): Provide technology and social media strategy for blockchain and technology coalition and related events.
  • Managing Director / PMI Advisors (2017 - Current): Provide technology and M&A executive leadership, business development, strategy, and planning for clients in a variety of industries providing ROI analysis and review of M&A pre- and post-planning activities to achieve M&A goals and objectives.
  • Technology Consultant & Advisor / Multiple Stealth & Startup Companies (2013 - Current): Provide executive and technical planning and design for dynamic blockchain and cloud-based technology companies including Blockchain planning and analysis, Cloud assessment, big data and analytics analysis and modeling, infrastructure and data center planning, as well as integrating custom Cloud solutions with existing Azure, AWS, Google Cloud, and Private Cloud. Blockchain solutions including Hyperledger Sawtooth, Fabric, Composer, Ethereum, and IoT.
  • Blockchain & Technology Consultant / Stealth Real Estate Blockchain company (2019): Provided blockchain related strategy and planning for real estate focused suite of software products as well as design of system token for use within product for payment of services.
  • Compliance Consultant / Encompass Digital Media (2019): Provided compliance leadership, technology strategy, and project management in preparation for a SOC 2 audit.
  • Technology & Management Consultant / Stealth Cryptocurrency company (2018 - 2019): Provided leadership, technology strategy, and blockchain and IoT planning for stealth mode blockchain company.
  • Blockchain & Technology Consultant / Stealth Supply Chain Blockchain company (2018 - 2019)
  • Technology Consultant / Blockchainge DC (2018 - 2019): Provided technology and social media strategy for international blockchain technology conference.
  • vCPO (Chief Privacy Officer) Consultant / Brightstar Device Protection (2017 - 2018)
    • Participate as a member of the senior management team in governance processes of the organization’s privacy strategies including SOC 2, GDPR, & NYDFS Cybersecurity regulation.
    • Develop and communicate privacy policies, procedures, and plans to executive team, staff, partners, customers, and stakeholders.
    • Implement policies, procedures, and associated plans for the maintenance of information privacy based on industry-standard best practices.
    • Audit existing privacy practices across the organization, isolate potential risks or liabilities, and develop mitigation plans.
    • Lead strategic privacy planning to achieve business goals and legal obligations by prioritizing initiatives and coordinating the evaluation, deployment, and management of current and future privacy technologies.
    • Collaborate with the organization’s IT leader, security officer, human resources department, and legal counsel to ensure full legal compliance of company’s privacy policies, procedures, forms, notices, and materials.
    • Devise and implement compliance monitoring of all business partners, associates, vendors, and service providers to ensure that privacy requirements are met.
    • Prepare and deliver – or administrate deliverance of – privacy training and awareness to all staff members, contractors, interns, and consultants.
    • Develop and implement a system for tracking, documenting, investigating, and taking action on any and all complaints (internal or external) regarding the company’s privacy policies and/or practices.
    • Advocate company’s privacy policies via regular written and in-person communications with company executives, department heads, and staff.
    • Work closely with IT department on corporate technology development to fully secure information and information-processing/gathering systems.
    • Ensure that information security measures and equipment adhere to all applicable laws and regulations.
    • Assess and communicate any and all privacy gaps associated with any and all purchases or practices performed by the company.
    • Remain informed on privacy trends and issues, including current and emerging technologies and best practices; advise, counsel, and educate executive and management teams on their relative importance and financial impact; recommend and implement changes where necessary.
  • vCISO (Chief Information Security Officer) Consultant / Brightstar Corporation (2017 - 2018)
    • Participate as a member of the senior management team in governance processes of the organization’s security strategies.
    • Lead strategic security planning to achieve business goals by prioritizing defense initiatives and coordinating the evaluation, deployment, and management of current and future security technologies.
    • Develop and communicate security strategies and plans to executive team, staff, partners, customers, and stakeholders.
    • Assist with the design and implementation of disaster recovery and business continuity plans, procedures, audits, and enhancements.
    • Develop, implement, maintain, and oversee enforcement of policies, procedures, and associated plans for system security administration and user system access based on industry-standard best practices.
    • Define and communicate corporate plans, procedures, policies, and standards for the organization for acquiring, implementing, and operating new security systems, equipment, software, and other technologies.
    • Act as advocate and primary liaison for the company’s security vision via regular written and in-person communications with the company’s executives, department heads, and end users.
    • Work closely with IT department on corporate technology development to fully secure information, computer, network, and processing systems.
    • Manage the administration of all computer security systems and their corresponding or associated software, including firewalls, intrusion detection systems, cryptography systems, and anti-virus software.
    • Manage the administration of the facility’s security systems and their corresponding equipment or software, including fire alarms, locks, intruder detection systems, sprinkler systems, and anti-theft measures.
    • Develop, track, and control the security services annual operating and capital budgets for purchasing, staffing, and operations.
    • Ensure that facilities, premises, and equipment adhere to all applicable laws and regulations.
    • Recommend and implement changes in security policies and practices in accordance with changes in local or federal law.
    • Creatively and independently provide resolution to security problems in a cost-effective manner.
    • Assess and communicate any and all security risks associated with any and all purchases or practices performed by the company.
    • Collaborate with IT leader, privacy officer, and human resources to establish and maintain a system for ensuring that security and privacy policies are met.
    • Where necessary, supervise recruitment, development, retention, and organization of security staff in accordance with corporate budgetary objectives and personnel policies.
    • Promote and oversee strategic security relationships between internal resources and external entities, including government, vendors, and partner organizations.
    • Remain informed on trends and issues in the security industry, including current and emerging technologies and prices. Advise, counsel, and educate executive and management teams on their relative importance and financial impact.
  • Principal Virtualization & GRC Consultant / Coalfire Systems (2015 - 2016): Reviewed and improved VMware virtualization platform and skill sets, provided SME guidance on GRC (Governance, Risk, and Compliance) topics in the NERC CIP, HIPAA, and PCI areas for client customers in the high-tech arena.
  • Principal Private Equity and Real Estate Consultant / The Beck Organization (2013 - 2016): Provided executive business, finance, and technology leadership in real estate based companies including business development, strategy, and planning for multiple client companies and property ROI analysis including multi-family and commercial properties and new projects. Led all projects involving technology use and transformation to increase profitability by realizing gains through automation.
  • DevOps Manager / MDdatacor (2008 - 2009): Reviewed and improved development and production support processes, and automating and staging development and production deployments, of their Cloud SaaS applications used by doctors for insurance companies and patient information and filings.
  • CRM Consultant / Cox Automotive (2008): Integrated their onsite IT systems across departments and improve work flows, designed and implemented the beginnings of moving their critical IT systems including CRM and Accounting to Cloud based offerings for DR and offsite protection.
  • Principal Consultant / HPI Direct (2008): Provided advisory services in implementing their new CRM platform and migrating from older disparate systems into one Cloud based CRM solution.
  • Technology Consultant / Belnick Enterprises (2008): Improved online e-commerce website and backend systems, integrating with Supply Chain systems and accounting.

Vice President, Global Cloud Systems / AVG Technologies USA, Inc.
2009 - 2013

Recruited as strategic technology leader tasked with creating new corporate SaaS platform and solidifying company position as industry leading SaaS security provider. Capitalized on engineering background to lead infrastructure planning for enterprise collaboration application; created company SaaS platform, leading focused definition and implementation in conjunction with marketing, CTO, engineers, and third-party providers. Oversaw $500K-$3M projects, administering teams of 100+ personnel. Guide and mentor project teams in on-time delivery.

  • Took leadership reins at major security software firm, creating from thin air and then managing all Cloud operations for 14 global sites and primary charter to direct $100M strategic business unit with 100+ direct /indirect reports.
  • Drove revenue generation with solutions that exploded business, with directorship-to-implementation roles from beta, leading Project Management, IT infrastructure, Applications, Web, Big Data, and ERP strategy, development, and implementation.
  • Managed $20M yearly departmental budget.
  • M&A Activities: M&A Integrations from <$1M to $220M. Involved in global M&A integrations of 10+ acquisitions. Due Diligence; Technology, Legal, Financial, and Human Capital analysis; Playbooks; Technology Integration Planning; Technology Integration Execution.
  • Enhanced industry presence, deploying new corporate SaaS platform in just 6 months for unveiling before company IPO.
  • Attained 99.999% uptime for core $400M software business and administered vendor negotiations in conjunction with corporate legal team.
  • Built unified IT teams focused on enterprise-wide improvement vs. individual sites while handling CTO-level duties and developing “anytime, anywhere” data access strategy.
  • Assembled first research Blockchain, Enterprise Data Warehouse, Web, Infrastructure, Applications, CRM, and Enterprise teams.
  • Initiated and managed time-critical systems replacement process, quickly directing vendor evaluation, gaining leadership team consensus, and managing integration/implementation.
  • Provided extensive ISO 27001, SOC, PCI, and PII initiatives for all policies and procedures relating to all new Cloud systems, data centers, applications, data collection, analytics, and reporting. This included all areas of Development, DevOps, Customer Support, Sales and Marketing, Finance, Engineering, and Information Technology as it pertained to the Global Cloud Systems group.
  • Built customer loyalty and goodwill with technical leadership role.

Founder & CEO / ThreePerson Technology Corporation
2002 - 2008

  • Led Operations and Systems teams charged with client network/systems design, buildout, implementation, monitoring, and maintenance during rapid growth period at client firms including resort development, resort management, real estate sales, and resort construction.
  • M&A Activities: M&A Integrations from $1M to $5M. Involved in Hospitality and Real Estate based M&A integrations of 3 acquisitions. Due Diligence; Technology analysis; Technology Integration Planning; Technology Integration Execution.
  • Oversaw all SOC and PCI compliance initiatives for policies and procedures for all technology and finance functions for clients’ multiple businesses across industries.
  • Provided full service technology support and staffing including data center operations, server support, desktop support, all backend and business systems, remote site connectivity across multiple states, telecommunications across multiple properties, in 24x7x365 resort operations environment.


President & Principal Consultant / Beck Consulting
1988 - 2002

Provided technology and management consulting services over a wide range of business applications and technologies used to provide solutions to challenges faced by each company and client.

  • Principal Consultant, BORN Information Services (2000 – 2002)
  • Project/Program Manager, e-Certify / ClientLink (1999 – 2000)
  • Director of Application Development, Ameritel Communications (1998)
  • Director of Technology, Nortel Networks / BellSouth Sales Center (1995 – 1998)
  • Other Technology & Business Roles and Clients (1988 – 1995)


Technology Summary

Blockchain

Bitcoin, Hyperledger (Fabric, Indy, Iroha, Burrow, Sawtooth, Composer, Cello, Caliper), Ethereum, EOS, Solidity, Ethereum Classic, Go


Cloud

OpenStack, Google, RackSpace, Azure, AWS


Software

Salesforce Marketing Cloud, XHTML, Dreamweaver, PhotoShop, Citrix, macOS, MicroStrategy, Tomcat, JSON, Oracle, SAS, R, C++, Jackson, Jersey, Oozie, D365, Salesforce, SourceFire, O365, Google Docs, Cisco Call Manager, Twitter, Facebook, Telegram, DNS, Slack, HTML, CSS, PHP, LinkedIn, ArcSight, SIEM, VMware, .Net, C#, Windows, Linux, MS SQL, MySQL, Splunk, Apache, REST, Perl, PowerShell, New Relic, XML, SOAP, Rails, Ruby, Hadoop, Cloudera, HortonWorks, Mongo, Sqoop, Pig, Cassandra, HBase, Mahout, ZooKeeper, Puppet, Chef, Flume, HDFS, Jira, TFS, SVN, Git, ManageEngine, Exchange, Tableau, Datameer, Nagios, Qualys, SolarWinds, Active Directory, VPN, MPLS, MapReduce, Logstash, ElasticSearch, Kibana, Logrhythm, ArcSight, SIEM, Node.js, Java, SharePoint, Mastodon, Debian, Ubuntu, RedHat, nginx, Raspberry Pi, Docker, Kubernetes, MariaDB, ActivityPub


Hardware

HP, Apple, Microsoft, Fortinet, Synology, Check Point, Adtran, IBM, Juniper, IoT, Dell, Cisco, F5, EMC, Compellant


Methodologies

Waterfall, RAD, Scrum, Agile


Compliance – Regulatory – Governance

Sarbanes-Oxley, HITECH, PA-DSS, Safe Harbor, FedRAMP, HITRUST, SOC 1, SOC 2, SOC 3, SSAE 16/18, ISAE 3402, CSAE 3416, ISO/IEC 27001, Privacy, PII, GDPR, NYDFS Cybersecurity Regs, NERC CIP, PCI, HIPAA

Education & Certifications

University of Nicosia
2018

Introduction to Digital Currencies


VMware
2015

VSP–DV, VSP–Hybrid, VSP–NV, VSP–HCI, VTSP, VSP–SV, VSP, VOP–CP, VSP–CP


Oracle
1997

Master of Database Administration


Georgia State University
1996

Bachelor of Business Administration, Corporate Finance