In 1984 Robert took part in the first programming class offered at Watson Chapel High School, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, this sparked his interest in computing. After a stint in retail at Dillard’s and Radio Shack, Robert graduated with his degree in Computer Information Systems at UA Monticello and began working at Arkansas Systems in 1994.
Robert worked for 8 years at Arkansas Systems/ARKSYS/Euronet Worldwide. He began as an entry level programmer, and moved into delivery, R&D, Development Manager and eventually worked as a consultant. During his time as Development Manager he was responsible for Y2K changes for the entire product suite at the company. He spent time travelling to work with customers in Guam, Greece, Aruba, Curacao, Indonesia, Hungary, and Romania, installing and certifying banking networks, working with Y2K contractors, and consulting with different banks on optimization projects. This exposure introduced him to the joys of international travel, and working with people from around the world.
From 2003 -2006 Robert continued his banking IT career working for Jack Henry and Associates in Monett, Missouri as a Programmer. Later, he worked for Fiserv CBS Worldwide in Lake Mary, Florida on their implementation of Health savings account software.
In 2006 Robert, and his family, moved back to Arkansas to Siloam Springs taking a Development Manager role at Dayspring Cards. Robert managed a small development team that developed and maintained the Warehouse management, and proprietary card development software. He was responsible for championing, and implementing a Workflow management solution that replaced a legacy system and greatly streamlined a complex production process. Beginning in 2012 Robert transferred to Hallmark Greeting Cards in Kansas City to begin the role of PCI analyst with full responsibility for Hallmarks PCI Report on Compliance (ROC).
In 2013 Robert began his journey at Walmart managing the Informix DBA team. Robert has said joining Walmart is the closest he has come to the accountability and ownership he had working at Arkansas Systems. This team manages one of the largest deployments of Informix in the world. Robert worked over the next several years increasing the efficiency of the team, using automation to improve the speed of deployment and reducing error rates to less than 1 ticket per server per year. Robert took additional responsibility for the Oracle and SQL server engineering teams. In the last year he has taken the role of Director of Engineering – Strati Data Foundations. Strati is the internal cloud team for Walmart. As a leader in the Data Foundation area of Strati he has responsibility for Walmart’s deployment of databases into both internal and external clouds. This includes all RDBMS and NoSQL database systems at Walmart, including Informix, SQL Server, Cassandra, MariaDB, and Oracle, with teams in Arkansas, California, and Bangalore India. He’s enjoying getting to see the world again, and building teams that span multiple states and countries.
Robert, his wife Erica, and their 2 daughters, Darby and Shelby, live in Siloam Springs, AR. He enjoys running half marathons and marathons, as well as working on classic cars.