The Vanguard Professional Services team is renowned worldwide for its expertise as security solutions professionals. Team members have on average 30 years of mainframe and enterprise security experience. Vanguard consultants work independently or with internal staff members to complete pre-defined and scoped security projects on time and on budget.
Carmen Pastora has over 20 years z/OS experience. Before joining Vanguard Integrity Professionals, he spent 15 years working for IBM, where he supported the Driver Build for DFSMS component, and led the integration of DFSMS into the whole z/OS base. Carmen was promoted into Level 2 post-sales client support for the SMS subcomponents (SMS, ISMF, Naviquest). After leaving IBM, he worked for the State of Alaska as a Systems Programmer for 4 years. While in Alaska, he became the ACF2 administrator and took over all security responsibilities. In addition to ACF2, he was responsible for CA Chorus, FDR, CA1, CA OPS/mvs, SAE, SAS, and MICS accounting. Carmen joined Vanguard Integrity Professionals in 2018 and has held many different roles; assisting with Customer Support and Professional Services before becoming the Managed Services Manager. Carmen holds a BS in Computer Science from SJSU.
Marco Cruz-Martinez joined Vanguard’s Manage Services team in 2019.
Shortly after coming on board he received his IBM Mainframe practitioner certification.
Marco has completed his, AAS in Software Programming and is currently Pursuing a Bachelors in Information and Computer Technology.
Marco has expertise in many Operating Systems such as Linux, Windows and Z/Os. Along with his expertise in Operating Systems
Marco has many years of experience working with different programing languages such as MySQL, PHP, Python, Java, C++, and REXX.
Born and raised in Las Vegas, when Marco is not at the office he enjoys the scenic views that Nevada has to offer.
Michael has been with Vanguard since the beginning of 2020. Shortly after starting at Vanguard, Michael received his certificate for IBM Mainframe Practitioner. Before Vanguard, Michael served in the US Navy for 9 years as a Gunner’s Mate. With two tours of duty and multiple training missions, Michael has received many military awards recognizing his performance and leadership qualities. After being discharged, Michael utilized his GI Bill to pursue finishing his degrees. Currently, Michael has an associate’s in General Studies and is finishing his second degree in Computer Programming. He is currently working on his Security+ and Pentest+ certifications. In his free time, Michael coaches a youth wrestling club at Cimarron High School.
Sam Vinh joined the Vanguard Managed Services team in November of 2019. He has earned multiple awards for his academic achievements including the Provost Scholar award at UNLV, Marjorie Kunkle award, and a congressional commendation for his machine learning research. Sam possesses 2 years programming experience in C++, Java, Python, and familiarity in working with Ubuntu Linux and the x86 assembly language. He brings his experience as an IBM-certified mainframe practitioner to solve customer problems. Currently, he is completing his BS in Computer Science at UNLV.