John Pechacek

Chief Technology Officer

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As a hands-on technology leader my passion is to grow, nurture, challenge and continuously transform innovation teams to deliver more value, more often, aligned with business goals. Leadership: strategic planning, agile project management, operational excellence, systems and application SDLC, team recruiting/motivation/mentoring, Scrum, software product management and strategy, customer advocacy, user centric design, pragmatic marketing. Biz domains: banking, financial risk and stress testing, econometric modeling, HR compensation, predictive analytics, enterprise business intelligence, supply chain forecasting, pricing optimization, enterprise IT systems management. Technology: SaaS, InfoSec, cloud (AWS, Azure), distributed systems, big data, high performance and grid computing, scalability, SQL databases, multi-dimensional data, JavaScript, Node.js, Java, Python, C, OO design, UI/UX, Rest APIs, high availability, DevOps, SAS.

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Work experience

Aug 2020 - Present

Velocity Solutions

Chief Technology Officer

Velocity Solutions is helping financial institutions serve their customers better through modern digital lending solutions and insights into their own data, as well as peer institution data, delivered by our innovative Velocity Intelligent Platform. I lead the technology team, architecture roadmap, IT and security infrastructure to support our growing customer base and deliver new products to market. We are always looking out for talented software product developers that are passionate about our mission - especially unicorns who can create appealing, responsive user interfaces in the financial domain. Message me if you are interested!


Sep 2015 - Aug 2020

PayScale, Inc.

Vice President Of Software Engineering

Head of B2B software development for PayScale. PayScale offers modern compensation software and the most precise, real-time, data-driven insights for employees and employers alike. More than 7,000 customers, from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, use PayScale to power pay decisions for more than 18 million employees. PayScale is the clear market leader and ranked as one of the leading SAAS companies in the industry. Led product technology roadmap, aligning innovation with business goals, setting and achieving high standards for the timely delivery of technology solutions imbued with quality, performance, security and durability. I strive to foster a culture that is agile, collaborative, customer-focused, data-driven and continuously improving.


May 2004 - Aug 2015


Senior R&D Manager / Architect

At SAS I had the privilege to work with many talented individuals to create great software products in the big data analytics space. Formed a team in 2014 to bring a new solution to market in the bank stress testing (financial risk) space. In 2015, SAS Stress Testing was recognized as a Chartis RiskTech Quadrant leader. Developed analytics software using C, Java, SQL databases and Hadoop that scales from small to the largest multi-entity global solutions using a grid and cloud computing architecture. Developed web user interfaces using HTML5/CSS/Javascript to provide superior ease-of-use and unique analytical insights from big data. Provided a rich API's and a programming environment that allows for deep integration, extension and customization by customers, consultants and partners. Prior to this I led architecture and development of the company’s first and leading analytical retail solution, SAS Markdown Optimization. From its inception, through multiple successful releases, I managed the full SDLC for this solution, working across a matrix of stakeholders. The solution is in production today, managing retail pricing at several of the world's largest retail chains.

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