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Name: Damion M Cocchi
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A versatile technology executive with a particular expertise in project management and development of database/applications from legacy mainframe through web-based Linux hosted. I have solid technical experience with a senior management background, and specialty with regulatory reporting and compliance systems (AML Technology, OFAC, KYC) both 3rd party and in-house developed for financial firms.

With over 9 years experience in Information Technology including mainframe to web application development positions and major IT systems implementations, and over 4 years of experience as an IT Executive. My experience in IT, includes gathering business and regulatory requirements, creating and implementing solutions that ranged from in-house development of applications to third party vendor provided solutions, vendor management, project and developer management, budgeting and building enterprise operational mainframe data warehouses for regulatory and reporting business needs. I have not only provided hands-on IT Administrator Support to these departments, but have also been instrumental in defining new KYC and Client On-boarding processes. These include managing external auditors IT needs, including data requirements gathering. The implementation of Regulatory projects for the bank, has required that I create project reports, and meet monthly with the Banks Board of Directors and President as well as meet with the CCO, COO and other bank executives to address gaps and department make recommendations as to technology and additional participation to address the banks other regulatory and legal requirements as necessary. Solid technical experience (web-mainframe database applications) with C-level management experience and specialties with regulatory & compliance software/business needs looking for new challenges

I offer a demonstrated ability to run multiple large-scale projects and enterprise high-risk projects. I'm skilled in all phases of Project Management using SEI-CMM best Practices, with specialized experiences in the retail health-care specialty products and in the financial/banking sectors with solutions in database applications and BSA/AML, OFAC compliance initiatives. I also provide an in-depth expertise to the integration and architecture of the web-to-mainframe application development environments.

Updated July 2011
On contract as Program Manager, for Citi Global Compliance, with regards to the Mantas AML Migrations for the following regions EMEA, ASPAC & LATAM.

Updated May 2011
Was on contract for multiple client engagements. TD Ameritrade: Addressing system performance issues with an AML Mantas implementation. Arab Bank: Addressing system and workflow performance issues, and assisting with the migration of "Legacy" alerts from one production hub to another for regulatory reasons.

Updated Nov 2010
Was on contract for multiple Actimize projects from new implementations through upgrades.

Updated Sep 2010
Was on contract for a OFAC POC using Datanomic to replace VRisk.

Updated May 2010
Was on contract for a top10 Online Broker just having completed implementing the AML Mantas upgrade, and now I am providing solutions for the Broker ant Trade Compliance parts of the upgrade.

Mantas upgrade (v5.0 >> v5.8) consulting services, including compliance systems custom development, implementation for AML Compliance. Provide Business & Technical consulting services associated with Mantas AML along with Scenario Customizations and UI Customizations for TD Ameritrade. Mantas 5.8 system upgrade was officially completed on 17-May-2010 with this version becoming the production system of record, the first US based bank/broker to go-live.

Updated Nov 2009
After having successfully help navigate IDB Bank, through its C&D Orders, the bank made staffing level changes and IT Roadmap priorities that mo longer required my skills, and laid me off. Shortly thereafter, I was contacted to become a Senior Consultant for a Mantas SME, for Online Discount Broker to upgrade their MAntas 5.0 AML system to Mantas 5.8, and build out the Broker and Trade Compliance Scenario's as well.

Updated May 2009
The bank has recently had its Cease & Desist Orders from Dec-2005 terminated, that were issued with regards to BSA/AML violations and as a direct result of the Compliance & Legal Projects that I managed from the RFP process through implementation since my hiring in Jan-2006, with this and many other successes I felt now is the time to begin exploring other opportunities where I can pursue new challenges and grow my current skill sets, ideally I am looking for an organization that has a need for a IT Leader with Compliance experience that has come up through the ranks, and can provide business benefit in any and all roles and phases of IT projects. Additionally over last three years at the bank I have implemented over 4 major programs/applications all $100k's under budget and delivered on aggressive and extremely tight project deadlines, to meet the regulators requirements and terminate the C&D's for the bank.

Financial Licenses

Prior Designation General Securities Registered Representative (Series 7)
Prior Designation Uniform Securities Agent State Law (Series 63)

Experience

Solutions Manager/Project Manager/Systems Admin
* Supported the efforts of a large commercial bank to deploy multiple compliance platforms that consists of Prime Compliance Suite, Mantas Anti-Money Laundering system, Bridger Insight XG, and other compliance systems.
* Ran the Project Management Office for all aspects of the installation.
* Managed the project plan, budget, and deliverables
* Managed a team that includes representatives from BusinessEdge, Mantas.
* Worked with Compliance group to identify business requirements and resolve business-related issues for the new compliance platform.
* Oversaw a data acquisition team that included representatives from several of the firms front and back office systems.
* Performed vendor evaluations


Application & Database Development
* Supported the efforts of a large Enterprise Operational Datawarehouse.
* Managed the project plan, budget, and deliverables
* Worked with multiple departments and organizations to identify business requirements and resolve business-related issues for mainframe application platforms.

Compliance & Regulatory Blogs/Links
Mainframe Blog
Wall Street Blog
BSA/AML Blog
Banking Blog
Banking Law blog
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