About Coach Mel

A Personal Note from Coach Mel

Hi, I'm Coach Mel, a.k .a. Mr. Tech, and welcome to ETC!!!  Here's some of the nuttiness I've orchestrated as a CEO, CIO, CISO, and, yes, CTO "Chaos to Order" Executive!

First, I've built teams that make or save companies money and successfully navigated the IT & Cybersecurity drama for over 30 years.  I've done this across application development and eCommerce to backend data integration and everything in between, including cybersecurity, infrastructure, and fraud management.

I am the McGuyver of IT & Security, proudly building a safe and empowered culture.

My superpower is my learned ability to create an unfettered, shielded, and responsive culture resilient to radical context-switching by building a modern, collaborative, and agile environment.

I've partnered with businesses, media agencies, manufacturing groups, CPG organizations, and Fortune 50-1000 companies to create scalable and affordable technology value streams, delivering even when resources are constrained and timelines appear unattainable.

I'm also a mentor and coach who attracts, retains, and develops high-performing talent.

On the flip side, I'm also an advisor and board member of several prestigious organizations, including the CISO Executive Network, CyberRisk Alliance, The CyberNest, Society for Information Management (SIM) SoCal, Gartner Peer Insights, Vation Ventures, HMG Strategy Financial Services, and Pace University's Cybersecurity Board.  I am a startup advisor for Uno.ai, Apolyta, Scrut Automation, Zluri, Otomo, Lend for Good, VeraScore, Live Fr8, PieEye, and Reshuffle.

I'm a highly sought-after advisor, mentor, moderator, and speaker for industry-leading organizations and nonprofits like NYU, SIM Women’s Leadership Summit, HMG, IIBA, AFCOM, CISO Executive Network, Blue Lava, Tech Impact, Tech Elevator, GRCIE, B.R.I.D.G.E., Youth Business Alliance, Life After Next, Upkey, and several others. I'm passionate about giving back to the community, founded the Fellowship of Digital Guardians, and still volunteer my experience to help non-profits educate and elevate.

To all my fellow tech geeks, please know I've managed all the major cloud providers and many mainstream and legacy development languages. I am a massive supporter of real Agile management.  I've also led security, risk, and audit assessments for PCI-DSS, NIST, ISO 27001, NYS DFS 500, SOX, HITRUST, HIPAA, as well as support CFPB, OCC, M&A, divestitures, AML, and compliance reviews.

Certifications:

  • Certified Professional Coach, Mentor, & Mastermind Leader (CPC)
  • ISC2 Certified in Cybersecurity Certification (CC)
  • Board Certified Global Security & IT Leader (QTE)
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace Certification
  • Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO)
  • Certified ScrumMaster (CSM)

Pending Certifications:

  • ISC² CISSP Certification
  • ICF Associate Certified Coach (ACC) Certification
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner (PNLP) Certification – ICF & INA Accredited
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming Master (MNLP) Certification – ICF & INA Accredited

Executive Leadership course expertly designed for seasoned leaders by Coach Mel.