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About: Rick Grantham

photo1Hi.  I’m Rick.  It’s always a little weird to talk about yourself.  But here it goes.

I am the Senior Director of Business Intelligence at a Consulting Firm and am responsible for leading reporting and analytics deployments around the country — sometimes the globe.  My home base is RickGrantham.com where I am focused on Excel and Small Business Owners.  I am also the emcee at Excel TV.  I lost the coin toss 🙂

What I Bring to Excel TV

I bring a passion for analytics and data that spans over 2 decades.  Everything from financial modeling to the use of Excel for Operations Research optimization models.  I have more of a focus on larger clients and industrial strength reporting and analytic solutions.  My background includes:

  • Datamining and algorithm buildingIf you have a credit card, I may have written the algorithm that determines how you get treated if you go past due or over limit.  I am over a decade out of practice on this stuff…  but it is part of my background.
  • Financial Modeling – I built forecasting models in the credit card industry to predict bankruptcies and past due credit risk.  Later in my career, I was responsible for developing the ‘Pricing’ at an HR Outsourcing company.  This included building salary arbitrage models and forward looking financial statement (NPV, IRR, etc) for $100M+ deals.rick speaker
  • Six Sigma and Process Improvement – I am a Six Sigma Blackbelt and led a team of data miners and Six Sigma Blackbelts at a Fortune 500 Company
  • Business Intelligence – I was the global lead for Business Intelligence for a Fortune 500 Company and have led Business Intelligence deployments of 4 continents.  I am a Certified Business Intelligence Professional (CBIP) from the Data Warehouse Institute.
  • Public Speaking – I typically speak at 2+ Reporting and Analytics Conferences a year.
  • Excel – I have been in and out of Excel for 20 years and I consider myself an Excel Enthusiast.  I friggin’ love this stuff 🙂  And I have determined that this is how I want to spend the second half of my career.  So I’m here to stay.  Might as well get used to me.

Unrelated Facts

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Me and the Boyz

  • I am a divorced father of 3 boys, plus 2 older step children that I consider my own.  So I usually say that I have 5 kids.
  • I am still a traveling consultant and manage the growth of the Business Intelligence practice at my employer, EPI-USE.
  • I often blog for my employer on industrial-strength analytical issues.
  • Since I travel so frequently, in many shows you will find me in a hotel room- because that is just the way my life is right now.
  • I have a Bachelors in General Studies from Jacksonville University. — yep, General Studies.  Don’t be a HATER!
  • I believe that the Jacksonville Jaguars and Florida Gators will win every game they play.  Seriously.  They really will.
  • I reside in Orange Park, Florida – just outside of Jacksonville.
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