About Dominic

Hey, thanks for having the curiosity to know a little more about me, and welcome to my little corner of the internet.

It goes without saying, but I’m saying it here:  All opinions expressed on any site of mine are my own personal opinion, and do not reflect those of my current employer or anyone else.

For starters, I’m a husband to a wonderful wife & father to 2 boys, and a baby girl.

I am a active tribal member of the Pueblo of Laguna tribe in New Mexico, and have a desire to help any student, tribe, tribal organization, or tribal business with what I know.  I am currently helping my home community through participation as the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors for Laguna Development Corporation (LDC) and the pueblo’s Financial Stability Committee.  I also spend time up at San Ildefonso Pueblo as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors for San Ildefonso Pueblo Enterprise Corporation (SIPEC).

I love to fly fish, tie flies, and build graphite fly rods.  I’ve had the chance to catch trout in spring creeks, high mountain streams, and tailwaters across the US.  I am looking forward to spending more and more time fishing the San Juan River now that I live in the Albuquerque area.  Check out my fly fishing website, domflyfish.com.

I also like to golf and work with wood occasionally, figuring out what I can build with a table saw, circular saw, & router.

I am finally making my way back home to the Albuquerque area after many years away.  The real reason I came home to New Mexico is that I want my kids to grow up with the sense of tribal community I knew growing up.

I left home and the reservation after Laguna Elementary School to attend Albuquerque Academy for a couple years.  This school was awesome, I was challenged beyond what I was ready for (logistically, academically, & socially) and I made some great friends along the way.  I’m having fun re-connecting with most of them now.  After Albuquerque Academy, I attended St Catherine Indian School in Santa Fe, NM.  Although this boarding high school no longer exists, it provided me with a foundation to build on.  Some of the things I learned were self confidence, self awareness, and most of all … how to do my own laundry.

I was drawn to a career in Engineering early in my life.  I credit my parents for instilling the trait of curiosity in me.  My mother made every effort to expose my brother and I to new experiences and differences (like all the different kinds of bridges there are).  My father is a electrician and often brought projects home to show us.  I remember learning how a solenoid works when attached to a battery and how a security keypad kept people from going through a door.  This electronic curiosity led me to be one of the many kids that had a portable radio who successfully took it apart then put it back together with extra screws leftover.  I was also fortunate to know a classmate of my mom, Ed Kooka, a Civil Engineer from San Felipe Pueblo, who advised me in high school to look for colleges with internships or co-operative education programs with companies in the area.  Focusing on this little nugget of advice helped me identify Southern Methodist University and the pre-engineering co-op program run by Dr E. Douglas Harris (now at the University of Texas at Dallas), a very caring person and engineer who saw potential in me.  In addition to Dr Harris, I owe a HUGE amount of credit of my ongoing success to Patricia Feldman of the Altshuler Learning Enhancement Center (ALEC).  She was a second mother to me while I lived in Dallas and I had the opportunity to learn many life skills from her.  I received years of tutoring from the ALEC (this group provides tutoring to SMU Athletics) as well as provided tutoring back when I mastered classes.  The summer after my freshman year I was hired by International Business Machines (IBM) to work on graphical user interface logic on OS/2.  Later jobs centered around software development & test.  My electrical engineering degree took 6 years to complete (school loans helped pay for what scholarships could not in 4 years), I rotated work and school semesters, and graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) and 2 years of cumulative work experience with IBM.

Working for IBM was in some little way the fulfillment of a goal I had for a long time.  In high school, we learned basic programming skills on a IBM PC Junior with a infrared (wireless) keyboard.  I thought this was so cool, a wireless keyboard, and thought it would be cool to work for a company that made things like this.  Not long after joining IBM full time in Dallas (in 1995), the company moved the mission of the software lab I worked in to Raleigh, NC.  This relocation allowed me to move into the Consumer Division.  For 5 years I had a really fun job, I helped design consumer PCs (HW & SW) at a time when development was done in the US, we made remote controls that attached to the PC to play CDs and use telephony speakerphone functions to use the PC as a phone.  I also had a hand in integrating some of the early internet broadband technologies like ADSL, cable modems, and home networking with PCs, many years before mass adoption like what we see today.   Now PCs and Laptops are commodities, loss leaders for services and software.  Once it was clear that more and more of the development of PCs was to be done overseas (in this case partnering with Acer in Taiwan), I started to realize that I needed a different skill set beyond software/hardware development.  Some peers of mine had become successful going to business school with their engineering backgrounds, so I figured business skill would be beneficial to me also.  At the same time, I was spending all of my vacation to travel from NC and visit home in NM.  This caused me to re-evaluate my personal situation which ultimately lead to a move to IBM in Tucson, AZ to be closer to home.  I worked on several different storage development teams in Tucson over the years (enterprise backup software – TSM, network attached storage – NAS/NetApp, enterprise tape storage – Tape Library Microcode, and enterprise disk storage – DS6000 & DS8000) and eventually enrolled in the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona to start work on new set of skills.  I really enjoyed the employer paid Master of Business Administration (MBA) education at the U of A (all it really cost me was time and energy), I finished in 2003 after an intense 2 years (every Wednesday from 4pm to 10pm) in addition to working full-time.  I made many good friendships and the courses provided insight into many aspects of business I was not previously aware of.  Once class that really caught my interest was organizational behavior, so much so that I continue to read today about how it influences individuals & groups of people.  B-School opened my eyes to what businesses were really doing beyond research & development (R&D).  A couple years later, the new skills I acquired from business school became very useful in a transition to the sales side of IBM.

I currently work in the Advanced Technical Skills area of Sales & Distribution for IBM.  My main focus is on pre-sales progression for SAN Volume Controller (storage virtualization), Storwize v7000 (storage virtualization with internal disk), and Tivoli Storage Productivity Center (storage management software). I help the worldwide sales teams and customers come up to speed on the detailed technical aspects of storage products to solve business problems.  I review storage solutions, and I travel to various places in the United States helping educate customers through hands-on technical workshops with our Storage Area Network (SAN) Lab in Gaithersburg, MD.  I also teach or help teach 2 fee based classes: SVC Systems Hands On Workshop  and Storage Performance and Monitoring with TPC.  I really enjoy the time-shifted education aspect of this position.  It has allowed me to explore the technical details on how to do high quality audio podcasts, videocasts, screencasts, and webinars using various media.

Lastly, since I’m in a mobile position now, it has provided the flexibility to finally move back home to New Mexico.  I’ve finally come full circle, I enjoy what I do on a daily basis and now I can to help improve my home tribal community at the same time.  I’m looking forward to all the new learning & challenges that await me here in New Mexico.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

- Dom

If you would like to reach me directly:

  • 505-750-8478
  • dompruitt-at-gmail dot-com
  • @dompruitt on twitter
  • dompruitt on skype
  • or you can send a brief friendly message using the form below

If you would like me to speak to your school or one of your groups, please contact me, I can talk on various topics like:

  • Compute Devices (computers, mobile, embedded, appliance)
  • Connectivity (internet, tcp/ip, fibre channel, FC over IP, dedicated links, cellular, radio)
  • Software (application, appliance, server, embedded, firmware, virtualized OS, programming, open source)
  • Hardware (servers, appliance, thin clients, mobile, control systems)
  • Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery
  • Storage (block, file system based, virtualization)
  • Remote Teaching (shared remote desktop, VNC, gotomeeting/gotowebinar, unyte web conferencing)
  • Time-Shifted Education (screencasting, slidecasting, podcasting, vodcasting, mp3 & pdf)
  • Careers in Software Development, Information Technology, & Technical Sales
  • Intellectual Property (Copyright, Trademark, Patents, Trade Secrets, Open Source Software, My Patents)
  • College Experience (Engineering, Business, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Culture Shock)
  • Professional Audio & Video (wireless systems, microphones, mixers, various capture devices)
  • International Traveling (Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, Malaysia, Thailand)
  • Tribal Government & Tribal Businesses
  • Internet Communities & Social Media
  • Behavioral Economics, Behavioral Finance, & Personal Finance
  • Fly Fishing (using the internet to scout new places, entomology, fly tying, rod building)

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