U.S. Marine and Harvard Graduate, I've never shied away from a challenge, whether of body, mind or spirit. I believe you lead from the front. You give good people sufficient direction, then get the hell out of their way. That's a formula we used in the Marines and it works equally well in the private sector. I am a highly motivated and experienced technology executive capable of meeting tactical goals while directing the organization to a strategic vision. My capabilities are proven by a long list of international planning and project successes and 25+ years of technology and operational experience in Healthcare, Telecommunications, Manufacturing and Retail.
Senior Vice President, Product Development & Strategic Programs
Vice President, Architecture & Product Development
September 2014 - April 2018
Responsible for strategic product planning and delivery for all residential and commercial product development. This includes video, voice, data, satellite, digital and mobile. Manage the Shaw Technology Center in Denver. Responsible for overall technical architecture for all network and systems to deliver these products and services. Manage key propgrams to ensure delivery. Manage a team of Product Directors, Architects, Program Directors and supporting business and technical staff. Drive introduction and commercilization of new technologies including Artficial Intelligence, Big Data, Cloud Based Computing and other advanced digital technologies.
VP Service Delivery• February 2012 - September 2014
Responsible for the Service Delivery System functions for both Residential and Commercial customers, responsible for a department of 100+ engineers, developers, and operators. This position reports to the EVP, Network Operations and is responsible for email and portal infrastructures, application operations, cyber security and security operations, Law Enforcement Response teams, OSS/Tools operations, provisioning systems, national Data Center Operations and implementation functions. These infrastructures are traditional server environments, virtual machine environments and cloud based AWS environments.
Lifescan - Vice President, Digital Solutions & Insulin Delivery
Symcare - Chief Technology Officer
October 2007 - December 2012
Responsible for planning and developing worldwide diabetes products for physicians and patients that include web based tools, blood glucose meter user interface and connectivity options, and insulin delivery pumps. Responsibilities included oversight of 100+ engineers, developers, designers and operational support staff in a fully regulated environment. These include electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, software design and development for web and embedded systems, mobile application development and all content management and provisioning system infrastructures for North America, Europe, Asia and emerging markets. Responsible for planning, developing and operating a Global Integrated Biometric Network for Johnson & Johnson beginning with diabetes while planning for other diseases. This venture established the basis for connecting JNJ’s medical devices and creating new tools for patients, physicians, and health care professionals in order to automate disease management. Symcare was aquired by Lifescan in 2009.
Vice President, Development
Vice President, Product & Technical Research
Vice President, Implementation
February 2001 - September 2007
Responsible for corporate development, acquisitions, and technology integration for a portfolio of Internet related companies and their respective technologies in excess of 100 million dollars. Reporting to the EVP, Strategy & Development, duties also include product and business development for Comcast Interactive Media. Responsible for research and analysis of major industry and technology trends and preparing briefings and recommendations for product and business plans to the executive management team. Reporting to the EVP, Business Development, duties also included working with multiple technology and joint venture partners to align and oversee plans, technologies, and development efforts. Responsible for an organization of 100+ engineers, planners and project managers in providing implementation and engineering for multiple Comcast products including IP network support for high-speed data, Video on Demand and Voice services. This department acted as the intermediary between design engineering and network operations and implemented all computer and network, provisioning, and operational components for 23 million subscribers nationwide.
Awarded the Earl Freight “Excellence in Project Management” Award byt the Project Management Institute
Vice President, Technology• April 2000 - February 2001
Director, Web Based Services• August 1998 - April 2000
Board Member• May 2017 - Present
President• September 2014 - Present
Back Country Technology focuses on targeted strategic consulting enagements in multiple industries.
Masters Degree in Information Technology
Harvard's programs are intense, rigorous and comprehensive. The future is heavily weighted in digital technologies and Harvard's program has prepared me well for the digital transformations taking place in many industries. The faculty are world class and they push students not only to learn, but to think about how they will make the world a better place with that learning. They really encourage entrepreneurship and expect alumni to change the world. My expectations for myself have truly been raised.
Masters Degree in Theology
My Masters in Theology was primarily a personal journey. I learned how to translate and read Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek, and worked with biblical scriptures from multiple traditions and translations. The disciplined study of scripture, religion, and most importantly spirituality, led me to a new openess. I've gone on to read the teachings of Buddha, the Bhagavad Gita, as well as many others. Modern day thought leaders such as Wayne Dyer and David Hawkins are also on my bibliography, and I must say my view of life will never be the same again.
B.A. Degree in Organizational Managmeent - with Distinction
Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society in Business Administration
Eastern College, now Eastern University, is a Division III school located in St. David's, PA. Eastern was a pioneer in adult education. When I came off of active duty in the Marines, I knew I needed to advance my education, but I also had a wife and two children so had to provide for them at the same time. Eastern's program allowed me to do both. The Organizational Management program was accelerated and challenging. The primary focus was understanding how organizations work, and how to set them up to be more effective. There are very good guidelines that it seems many orgnizations don't use. I've found when these principles are applied things just work better.
LT Stevens graduated from Platoon 3079, India Company, 3rd Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment, MCRD San Diego in 1982, he then attended the Basic Electronics Course at the Marine Corps Communications and Electronics schools in 29 Palms California where he was selected to be a graduate assistant for an additional six months. Next he was assigned to the Marine Detachment Fort Gordon, GA where he attended the Telephone Central Office Repair course and was promoted to Corporal. He spent the next two years with Base Telephone, Support Company, Support Battalion, MCB Camp Lejeune where he was responsible for inside plant maintenance and was promoted to Sergeant, meritoriously by the Commanding General, MCB Camp Lejeune. He was selected as the Battalion NCO of the Quarter and received a Meritorious Mast. In 1986 he transferred to the Inactive Ready Reserve and in 1988 received an honorable discharge from the Marine Corps.
After the events of 9/11 he sought military service again and in 2004 he was commissioned an Ensign through the Navy’s Direct Commission Program. He completed the Direct Commsion Officer Indoctrination School in Newport, RI. and served as an Information Warfare Officer with the Naval Security Group, Fort Dix, NJ. After a brief period in the Inactive Ready Reserve, LT Stevens affiliated in 2009 with the Operational Support Unit Fort Dix, serving as the XO for the Cargo Terminal Company of NCHB-8. In December of 2009 he received orders as the Naval Gunfire Liaison Officer for 3rd Battalion, 14th Marines. LT Stevens completed the Amphibious Warfare Indoctrination course at the Expeditionary Warfare Training Group Atlantic located at the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek - Fort Story, in Virginia Beach, VA. He then completed the Naval Gunfire Liaison Officers course and the Fire Support Center Course at the Expeditionary Warfare Training Group Pacific located at the Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado, Ca in 2011. He served as a Naval Gunfire Liaison Officer supporting multiple 155MM Howitzer firing batteries while assigned to Battalion Operations for 3rd Battalion, 14th Regiment, 4th Marine Division. In 2011 LT Stevens received orders to 10th Fleet, Cyber Warfare Command where he again served as an Information Warfare Officer until affiliating with the Individual Ready Reserve in 2012. He was honorably discharged from service in February of 2015. LT Stevens’ personal decorations include the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Global War on Terroism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Navy Rifle Expert Medal and Navy Pistol Expert Medal.
Dennis gets things done!Fortune 100 CEO
Your pragmatism, technical awareness, and willingness to make calculated decisions are exactly what we need around here!
Your approach touched many of us, myself included – in 17 years, the number of VPs who said, “we’re going to make smart decisions based on science”, has been exactly 1 (that’s you)!
It was refreshing to have a leader who spoke their mind and stood up for what you felt was right.
You are filled with wisdom and I always enjoyed our chats on career and life. I think you're a great people developer and someone who lifts others up.
You made me believe in the organization again, and you made me feel you believed in me. For that I thank you.
You were the best executive I've ever run across in my almost 20 years here.
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