Richie has spent most of his professional time working with clients running IBM i on IBM Power Systems. With a background and passion for lean manufacturing, his mind is wired to seek the most efficient means toward producing the desired result. Lean principles are as applicable in the data center as they are on the shop floor. When he was introduced to the IBM i architecture in 2012, he found a technology that lives by lean principles. IBM i is built for large-scale efficiency, not sprawling server farms that require Band-Aids, duct-tape and lots of attention (people).
Richie has been recognized as an IBM Champion for Power (2017-2018), IBM Fresh Face of IBM i (October 2017), Member of the Common S.E.T. (Strategic Education Team), founder of the “Midrange Meetup” in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on the steering committee for YIP’s (Young i Professionals), and on the board for SEMIUG (South East Michigan IBM i User Group).