Nate Valentin. I am 32 years old, living in Tampa, FL and currently working as the VP of Product Development for a local Analytics company. I have been here for about a year and a half. Before this I spent time at Triad Retail Media in St. Petersburg, FL (they did digital advertising for Wal-Mart, eBay, etc), also at TJX in Framingham, MA (corporate headquarters for TJMaxx, Marshall's and HomeGoods) and the Southwest Florida Water Management District also in Tampa, FL (water resource management and permitting).
My college education was in civil engineering and environmental science. I worked as an intern at SWFWMD while I finished up school and then just stuck around for a few years as a Hydrogeologist and then as a Data Analyst. That is where I got my start with modeling and data and databases; that is where I built my first predictive model (I just didn't know it at the time). I left the government sector to go into corporate retail at TJX in MA. My wife had family in MA and wanted to go to school up there so we moved up. That was a great corporate experience and I got to do some cool work analyzing transaction times and network latency across the United States for all the stores. Then it was back to Tampa, it was so cold in MA, and Triad. I was first person hired for a new Business Intelligence team. We did some cool work implementing enterprise dashboards and analyzing server log files for some major retailers. We also made a lot of mistakes; that is what happens when you take on a new initiative for a company. An now I am at Seer Analytics in Downtown Tampa. My primary focus is productizing analytical work for clients. Since my time here we have rebuilt our entire backend database and production system, converted our client facing dashboards to be HTML5 web based, negotiated a contract with Experian to house the US household database and new mover data, build a mobile application; it has been a busy 18 months.
I will go into more detail on each of those opportunities in posts later but that is the 30,000' view of how I ended up where I am now. Looking forward to sharing some of the wins and losses over the years with you in hopes that you can benefit from them.