Developer Profile: David Houck | Senior Manager Robotic Process Automation

Meet David Houck, who is making impactful changes through automation.
Discover Technology Staff
February 21, 2023

An automation mentor helping engineers improve skills and processes

At Discover, David oversees the intake, delivery, and production support of automating business processes at Discover®. In support of this mission, he coaches and mentors a group of highly skilled automation developers and project managers.

David says he is most proud of the thriving team culture. "It's a culture of openness, self-organizing, problem-solving, and support. Everyone is free to be themselves and show respect to each other." While perpetuating this culture, the team is also able to deliver meaningful value.

"Discover supports me to make decisions that are right for my group and the business. Professionally, I'm the happiest I have ever been," notes David.

While David's passion lies in helping people pursue their goals and dreams, he ensures that he supports and mentors team members in a way that drives tangible value to the business. The pursuit of advancing skills is paramount at Discover. Resources and capacity are dedicated to growing an engineer's skills to better them and the company.

Get to know more about David

What is your tech origin story?

I had no intention of pursuing a career in technology. I have an undergraduate degree in Finance and a Master of Science in Accounting & Finance. Furthermore, I come from a progressive 13-year career in Audit and Corporate Finance teams. All along the way, I dabbled in the realm of finance systems and process improvement. I used Visual Basic Analysis (VBA) to streamline data aggregation in Excel. I attended Oracle University for training as an administrator for Hyperion. Then, I went to on to lead an implementation of Anaplan. Finally, Discover was building its Robotic Process Automation (RPA) program by upscaling people from the business on the software. I jumped at the chance to learn something new and have been hooked ever since.

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What are your favorite hobbies?

I've played guitar since I was 7 years old. I also love cooking and am the cook for my wife and children.

Tell us about the best thing you've ever eaten.

There was a fried chicken sandwich at a bar in Columbus, Ohio that was absolutely incredible.

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