Director, Data Solutions
Director, Data solutions
As Director, Data Solutions at Blast Analytics, Nick works with clients to help them better understand and utilize their data for better decision making and improved results. He is skilled at–and passionate about–organizing and presenting data in a way that clearly answers clients’ important business questions, providing insights to help them EVOLVE their organizations.
With more than 20 years of experience, Nick is an expert in data analytics, data visualization, dashboards and reporting, data modeling, and business intelligence. In addition to being Google Analytics certified, Nick is a Tableau Desktop Certified Professional and Tableau Desktop Qualified Associate.
Before joining Blast in 2015, Nick was Business System Analyst at Rabobank, where he applied his expertise in data analytics and dashboard reporting to help businesses identify, measure, and clearly communicate performance toward goals. Prior to that, he held several business analyst, system analyst, and project management positions with various IT companies, including Hewlett-Packard, VeriFone, and Symantec.
Nick earned a B.S. in Finance from California State University, San Diego. In addition to his community involvement, which includes leading youth and high school ministry groups, Nick is an outdoor enthusiast and also has authored four fiction books.
More about Nick
I joined Blast…
So I could work with different companies, helping them to access access, utilize, and learn from the data they have available.
A cool part of my job is…
I get to play with data and help people visualize their data and gain insights they didn’t have previously.
My consulting “philosophy” is…
Ask questions, provide examples and prototypes, and improve based on feedback.
It’s not on my resume, but…
It’s all about chocolate–gotta have some!
One of my first jobs was…
A newspaper delivery boy. (Sometimes I have dreams that I still have my newspaper route, I slept through my alarm, and I didn’t get up in time to deliver.)
The most interesting place I’ve traveled is…
I traveled around the world in two weeks for a business trip (not related to my newspaper delivery job!)
My hobbies include…
Boogie boarding, hiking, snorkeling, and playing games.
A favorite quote of mine is…
“You do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do.”
Achievements - Making Their Mark
April 2019 – Community
20th Anniversary Garden Cleanup
The team volunteers at “Hearts Landing Ranch” in celebration of our 20th year in business.
2018 – Insights
Nick writes up an informal post about making stories with data visualizations.
2018 – Insights
First part of a two part series covering ETL process steps using Google Analytics as the data source
2017 – Insights
Nick shares his data visualization techniques, and how to adopt an agile process.
2017 – Insights
Referencing the Rolling Stones, Nick shares his experiences at the 2017 AWS Summit.
“Thanks, Nick! I really like the “New Customer Analysis” tab. Every which way I want to look at our new customers is there. Overall, the dashboards you’ve set up enable us to gain greater insights for better decision making – for example, around customers placing orders over a specific timeframe.”