Branden Espinoza


Curriculum Vitae


I take good product ideas, make them great, and lead the teams that turn them into successful market solutions.

As a product leader and individual contributor, I bring a maturity acquired in the trenches. My ability to gain product vision buy-in from key stakeholders, communicate with c-level leadership, navigate risk and regulatory compliance demands, and mentor junior team members make me well-suited to manage next-generation product initiatives and lead the teams that deliver them.

Skills & Knowledge Sets

Product Skills ………. Leadership Skills ………. Knowledge Sets
Agile/SAFE Methodology Effective Communication    
Product Roadmapping Team Leadership & Coaching   aaa
Technical Spec Writing Conflict Resolution   aaa
SDLC Mastery Stakeholder Management   aaa
Performance Metrics Analysis Prioritization Techniques   Regulatory Compliance & Risk
User-Centric Approach Radical Accountability   Expert Bitcoin domain knowledge

Training & Certifications

SAFe Agile Product Owner Product Manager (POPM Training) - Scaled Agile, Inc - December 2022 Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO Certification) - Scrum Alliance - November 2020 Project Management Professional (PMP Training) - Project Management Institute - March 2013

Experience

Senior Product Manager, Stakeholder Management

EOS Network Foundation
April 2023 – Nov 2023; Remote

  • Led end-to-end stakeholder engagement, driving critical feature inclusion.
  • Systematized stakeholder feedback acquisition, fostering responsiveness and product improvement and innovation.
  • Drove stakeholder-aligned, data-driven product decision making by synthesizing and escalating research.
  • Initiated and led cross-functional, evidence-based product planning and ideation sessions to align business objectives.

Key Achievement

  • Built a stakeholder-focused product management processes, accelerating the efficient delivery and development of products that resonate with user needs and expectations.

Senior Product Manager, Digital Asset & Exchange Product

Bullish.com (a block.one company)
Jan 2021 – March 2023; Grand Cayman & Remote

  • Managed all product features directly related to listing of digital assets/tokens.
  • Architected end-to-end digital asset vetting and listing process with consideration for secure and compliant custody.
  • Maintained an expert level of domain knowledge, with attention to custodial solutions and asset management practices.
  • Spearheaded research initiatives focused on Bitcoin-specific integrations and alternative custody solutions.
  • Designed and iterated a regulatory-friendly Product/Feature Review and Approval process.

Key Achievements

  • Launched a subsystem, significantly accelerating the secure listing of new digital assets on the platform.
  • Designed a global spot-price oracle/API suite, laying the groundwork for the introduction of margin and futures products.

Senior Technical Project Manager, Ecommerce Replatforming

Omnichannel Commerce Inc
Oct 2019 – Oct 2020; Remote

  • Formalized the agency’s best practices for planning, managing, reporting, and billing projects.
  • Led global teams of 30+, including Developers, Architects, and Project Managers.
  • Managed ecommerce replatforming and systems integration projects including Salesforce Commerce Cloud, enterprise middleware, and various payment, warehouse, and order management solutions.

Key Achievements

  • Tripled project delivery velocity.
  • Founded and formalized the company’s PMO.

Director of Product

StrongBlock (a pre-series A startup)
July 2018 – Sept 2019; Remote

  • Brought the StrongBlock Enterprise-grade Blockchain-as-a-Service product suite to life.
  • Managed product roadmap, product specs, global development team, QA, unit testing, regression tests.
  • Transitioned team from waterfall-based engineering process to fully integrated agile process and SCRUM framework.

Key Achievements

  • Developed a comprehensive product strategy uniting user interviews, competitive landscape, and c-suite vision.

Regulatory Compliance Training Solutions Manager (AML, BSA, CTF)

BB&T (now Truist Bank)
Jan 2017 – Sept 2018; Remote

  • Rapidly designed, prototyped, and implemented a new enterprise-wide AML training product.
  • Consulted on BB&T’s compliance program to support regulatory compliance needs for client-side products.
  • Designed various change management solutions to ensure long-term viability of training assets.

Key Achievement

  • Delivered compliance training products resulting in lifting of FDIC issued consent order/decree.

Learning & Development Project Manager, Fintech & Regulatory Compliance

American Express (Foreign Exchange Services)
June 2011 – March 2017; Greater Salt Lake City Area

  • Consulted on product feature enhancement of a point-of-sale retail FOREX platform.
  • Instituted rapid prototyping methods, reducing training designer/developer man hours by 25% per project.
  • Deployed and supported a global knowledge base with 3000+ topics to support customer facing relationship managers.

Key Achievement

  • Delivered global regulatory compliance training product rebuild across all business lines in response to Dodd-Frank.

Education

Brigham Young University
September 2003 – April 2007
Bachelors of Science in Business Entrepreneurship

  • Lean Startup Methodology
  • Product Development
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Business Development/Sales

Cornell University
September 1997 – January 1999
Natural Resource Management

  • Agribusiness Management
  • Behavioral Economics
  • Change Management