Meet Our Instructors
Meet our instructors. Learn a little about them and where they’ve been in business analytics. Every member of our team is a senior, bona-fide expert with at least 10 years of experience in the field.
September is a Bay Area native with over 20 years of experience in business intelligence and data analytics. Determined to learn everything about everything, she studied chemical engineering to linguistics. She graduated from the University of California, Davis with a BA in English/Sociology and served as a technical writer until quickly realizing that while she was a natural at writing volumes of technical documents, she was born for technical problem solving. She went on to serve as a lead Business Systems Analyst, HRIS Analyst, Procurement Analyst and Financial Systems Analyst before taking on the role of Senior BI Consultant with Senturus in 2007.
“September is a great trainer! She is patient and even though there are varying degrees of skill level in the class, she makes certain everyone is understanding the courseware.”
September has over 15 years of expert level experience with the Cognos suite and extensive experience with Tableau, Business Objects, Crystal and PeopleSoft. She has helped 50+ public and private sector clients with large scale business intelligence implementations including dashboard design, interactive performance metrics development and data modeling. She designs business intelligence course curriculum, delivers 20+ advanced BI reporting courses, presents BI best practice webinars and provides mentoring services for other BI professionals.
September’s other passions include spending time with family, cooking, dancing, the spoken word and kickboxing.
“Best Instructor Ever! It was extremely helpful that Pat was not only an instructor, but a real-world expert.”
Pat has over 25 years of experience in data science, business intelligence and data analytics. They are a Tableau Certified Associate and a Cognos expert whose product experience goes back to version 6. They are also versed in Actuate, Hyperion and Business Objects. Pat’s certifications include multiple programming languages, including Java and C++, and database certification (MS SQL).
In their early years in BI, Pat served as Senior Director of Engineering at Instill where they were instrumental in the development of the first wide-spread data analytics use in the foodservice industry. Pat’s work helped improve food service functionality for clients including Applebee’s, Yum Foods and Subway. Pat also served as Senior Director of Business Intelligence at the consumer division of Experian where they managed the team that brought insight to all groups including retention, sales, finance and IT.
Pat has been with Senturus since 2009. During that time they have helped transform analytics for many clients across multiple verticals including healthcare, retail consumer sales, global finance, mortgage and industrial machinery. As a Senturus instructor, Pat brings both practical hands-on experience as well as over 20 years of class experience.
Steve’s background in BI, operations and finance spans 30 years. During that time, he’s led numerous business analytics initiatives using Microsoft data tools and has watched the platform evolve from his initial use of v1 of SQL Server and Microsoft Access. He brings a deep familiarity with the various capabilities and components of the Microsoft BI platform and understanding of how to best leverage them. Steve developed our Power BI curriculum and manages our training practice.
Steve is a Bay Area native with both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Stanford University. He, his wife and son enjoy camping and skiing.
“Your knowledge of the subject was amazing. And, you made each section fun and held my attention throughout the entire course. I have taken a lot of training the past and I can say this one is BY FAR the best.”
From his academic degree to his career track record, Todd is a dyed-in-the-wool data nerd whose 17+ years of analytics experience crosses multiple industries. Armed with a BS in Computer Science from Lehigh University (Bethlehem, PA), Todd got his first job in Washington DC where he used ASP and SQL to build a web-based weapons budgeting system for the Department of Defense. When this homegrown, hand-coded project was eventually replaced with IBM Enterprise Planner and Cognos Series 7, the seeds for Todd’s expertise in Cognos were planted. Over the next several years and through multiple upgrades, Todd gained valuable insights into the upgrade process and real-world experience with system architecture that went beyond basic documentation.
Fast forward to today. Todd has added Tableau and Power BI to his tool belt and has applied his expertise in many industries, including health care, education, retail and telecom. He was the reporting project lead for the HealthCare.Gov data warehouse and for the No Child Left Behind projects for the Kentucky and Iowa Departments of Education. Other notable clients include Carfax, Wegmans and Verizon.
Todd’s diverse subject matter expertise means he wears many hats at Senturus. He takes turns running the Install, Upgrade, and Performance practice, developing BI reports and dashboards, mentoring clients on BI best practices, and training the next generation of BI users. When not working, Todd enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, traveling and taking part in the craft beer revolution taking place across the country.