While articles all appear under the Davalen icon, our blogs are written by a variety of employees in many different positions within the company. Here are just a few:
Len Barker, Managing Partner, Davalen (800) 827 – 8451 ext 101
Len spent 15 years in the nuclear industry managing complex, multiple system projects before founding Davalen’s predecessor, Barker Consulting in 1998. He is a certified IBM instructor and is well versed in web technologies, system administration and collaborative technologies. Responsible for the operations side of the house at Davalen, Len makes sure that our employees have the resources they need to provide the service our clients expect. He holds an Electrical Engineering degree from the United States Naval Academy, an MBA from Auburn University and is a licensed professional engineer.
Deborah Corcoran, Staffing Services, Davalen (800) 827 – 8451 ext 103
Deborah brings with her significant experience in sales, marketing and consulting services for enterprise accounts across the U.S. and internationally. Prior to joining Davalen, she supported the IBM Software Services teams, across all the IBM Software portfolios as the Director of IT Staffing for other IBM Software and Services Business Partners; in addition, she has worked on numerous IBM dedicated vendor teams building and managing strong, long-term relationships. Using a consultative sales approach to articulate IT consulting services and solutions product offerings to Fortune 500 -1000 companies, she successfully grew her sales territory in not only notable yearly revenue specific to IBM Software Services for the Lotus and WebSphere brands, but also in developing long standing client relationships. Over the past ten+ years, she has held the position as the Director of IT Staffing, at several well known IBM Business Partners. Deborah has solid experience in establishing and maintaining a recruiting and consultant staffing services division for IBM Business Partners, who want to focus on contract staffing services support specific to IBM Collaboration software. Deborah holds a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University, belongs to several professional recruiting organizations, and is a current resident of the greater Boston area.
Dave Jacob, Managing Partner, Davalen (800) 827-8451 x104
Dave has been a successful businessman, pilot and professional bowler over his varied career. He spent 18 years at EDS, a worldwide systems integration public company, in technical development, management and sales in the healthcare and manufacturing sectors. He was the CEO of Data Solutions Corporation, a subsidiary of Data General, before starting his own systems integration company, Davalen in 1993. He continues as a managing partner. Earlier in his career, Dave entered the Naval Flight program and served as the maintenance officer at the US Navy Test Pilot school before his honorable discharge in 1972. He continues flying his Mooney Ovation and has achieved commercial, instrument and instructor ratings over his 2,000 hours of flying. Dave bowled for Florida State University (FSU) for four years and qualified for his first professional (PBA) tournament at the age of 19 and still continues his membership in the PBA. When not bowling and courting his wife, Kathy at FSU, he found time to earn a bachelors degree in Applied Math and Physics. Dave has served on the board of various charities in the past and is now active at Home Away Boston, the Social Impact Center in Boston and the Presbyterian Church in Sudbury. He currently lives in Sudbury, MA with his wife Kathy and dotes on his three grandsons and one granddaughter.
Ruth O’Keefe, Marketing and Social Media, Davalen (800) 827 – 8451 ext 105
Ruth (Jarvis) O’Keefe joined the company in 2002 and took charge of the Marketing Department in 2007. She is responsible for Davalen’s presence on all social media channels and manages Davalen’s monthly email newsletter, website, blog sites, webinars, and conferences. She handles all Davalen public, press and analyst relations as well as case study development, white paper creation, press releases writing, and outreach to clients for joint media related initiatives. Ms. O’Keefe, received a Communications degree, cum laude, with a double emphasis in Advertising and Public Relations from the University of Hartford. She is a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professional (NAPP), the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) and was awarded Excellence in the Study of Advertising from the School of Communication at the University of Hartford.
G. David Wilkerson, Chief Technology Officer, Davalen
(800) 827 – 8451 ext 110
David’s professional career spans multiple disciplines with a consistent emphasis on discovery and implementation of solutions geared to achieving objectives of strategic importance. For the last fifteen years David has embraced technology as a means to an end. In 1993 David established his consulting practice providing automation of business processes. In 1996 he joined Jacob Solutions, Inc., predecessor to Davalen, LLC where he served as Principal Application Architect and Solutions Engineer. His project management and implementation skills have been put to work in sectors such as manufacturing, health care, banking, and insurance. The tools he employs include Microsoft DCOM (now known as .NET) and J2EE. His practice is to prefer technologies that leverage international standards. For this reason much of his development and implementation has been based, since 2001, on Java-related technologies. David’s professional certifications include being a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and an IBM Advanced Developer. A popular orator, David has been asked to speak across the United States on a variety of topics, including many java related topics, document management and web content management. His academic background includes a BA in History from The Citadel, an MDiv from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and post-graduate studies in data communications at Boston University.
Peter Wilkerson, Search and Discovery, Davalen (800) 827 – 8451 ext 109
Peter has 20 years of both Information Management and Project Management experience. He solves information-related business problems using both Information Science and Technology. He specializes in bringing different groups together to solve the problem at hand, often acting as an interpreter among different groups so needs are better understood and met. He has worked with organizations across the United States to develop online access solutions for both digital and paper-based records. He has explored and used a number of different Information Technologies to design and build solutions including GIS, XML data models, databases, and search and discovery software such as OmniFind, Solr, and eXist. He co-authored a book for the J. Paul Getty Information Institute, “Introduction to Archival Organization and Description” (also a web publication), led workshops to support a collaborative effort to coordinate information technology strategies across multiple organizations for a Southwestern organization, and was a course developer and instructor for the Society of American Archivists on access points and intellectual access to collections. And, more recently, he was an invited participant at a colloquium sponsored by National Archives and Records Administration and the Society of American Archivists held in Washington, D.C.
Representative information management-related skills include:
- Information architecture, taxonomy, and metadata development
- Information retrieval and discovery analysis
- Internal search analysis and tuning;
- Content and document management, analysis and evaluation
- Content integration
Peter is also an experienced project manager, most recently serving as the project manager for an extensive e-commerce design and implementation project. Additionally, Peter is an IBM Authorized Instructor for Rational Application Developer and Websphere Application Server Core curriculum, an IBM Certified Solution Designer, DB2 Content Manager V8.3 and is comfortable working with a broad range of technologies Peter holds a BA in History from the Citadel, an MDiv from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and an MLS from the University of Kentucky.