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Mark Jordan

Mark Jordan

Hometown: Fortaleza, Ceara (Brazil)

Current City: Toano, VA

AS, General Studies; Excelsior University

Languages spoken: English, Portuguese, Spanish

Using SAS since 1994    Teaching SAS since 2006

Professional experience:
Mainframe Computer Operator, Shawmut First Bank (1972-1974), US Navy Submarine Nuclear Power Plant Operations (1974-1994), SAS Programmer, Newport News Shipbuilding (1994-1999), Group Manager, Business Intelligence Tools, Capital One Services, Inc. (1999-2003), Systems Engineer SAS Latin America and Caribbean (2003-2004), Director, Technical Services, SAS Latin America and Caribbean (2004-2006), Principal Technical Training Consultant (Current)

Courses I teach include

Data Cleaning Techniques
SAS Functions by Example
DS2 Programming: Essentials
SAS Macro Language 2: Advanced Techniques
Introduction to SAS and Hadoop

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Authored/coauthored works:

Mastering the SAS DS2 Procedure: Advanced Data Wrangling Techniques
SAS Global Forum 2014: Using Base SAS to Extend the SAS System
DS2 Programming Essentials
SAS SQL2: Processing Data Efficiently in Real-World Scenarios
SAS SQL1: Essentials

Notable achievements:

SAS Certified Advanced Programmer for SAS9
President, Virginia SAS Users Group (VASUG - 2002,2002)

Invited speaker at conferences

SAS Users Group International 27 (2002)
SAS Users Group International 29 (2004)

Recommended resources:
Blogs: SAS Learning Post, The SAS Dummy, Mark Jordan
Books: Ron Cody's Essentials set; Custom Tasks for SAS Enterprise Guide Using Microsoft .NET; SAS 9.3 DS2 Language Reference

What students are saying:

I was impressed with the course, but more importantly, I was extremely impressed with the instructor. He was fantastic, extremely knowledgeable, very approachable, lively - just everything that one could expect in an instructor. Any courses that I take in the future, I will be looking for those that Mark is teaching.
Mark is an absolutely fabulous instructor! He has such a nice teaching style, is always open to questions and makes everyone feel as if SAS programming is totally do-able. He is passionate about SAS and his enthusiasm about the software is contagious.
This was easily the best SAS course I have taken. Mark was professional and intelligent (as well as engaging and funny) and made my experience here excellent. Thanks Mark!

What is your favorite training course and why?
Teaching any SAS class is a pleasure, but there's a special place in my heart for SAS Functions by Example by Ron Cody. It's a joyous, fascinating romp through some of Base SAS' little-know but amazingly powerful features. Every time I teach it, I get to see a student have one of those Aha! moments - and that's why I love my job (and this class) so much!

What is the best part about teaching?
Most every class I teach, I get to help a student resolve some real-world problem, and that is the most satisfying feeling I know.

Do you have any hobbies, favorite activities, or hidden talents?
I love to SCUBA dive, sail my dinghy and have a borderline obsession for flying toys. I was a licensed Ship's Master (captain) for 10 years, lived on a sailboat for 5, and was front man for a local rock & roll cover band for a couple of years in Norfolk, VA. And I can wiggle one ear.

What is your favorite place or dream vacation destination?
I've lived in 2 countries and visited 28 more, have lived in 9 states here in the US and visited 21 others. My favorite places all seem to involve warm, white sand and sparkling clear salt water. Given a beach chair, umbrella, boogie board and a good book, I'm game for just about anywhere. Australia, mainland China and Japan are all on my bucket list, though.

What are your favorite apps (iPhone, iPad, etc.)?
I'm an Android guy, and love my Galaxy S2. Evernote, FlightTrack Pro, Cardstar, Calendar and Tasker all help to keep me organized on the go. Google Play Music and the Kindle, Nook and Google Play reading apps, along with Spider Solitaire (Brainium), Cross Words, and Sudoku keep me from getting bored while traveling.

If you could share a meal with anyone dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Can't think of a more fascinating person to break bread with than Jesus Christ himself.

What is your favorite movie, book, artist, or musician?
Books: A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, The Faded Sun trilogy by C. J. Cherryh and the original Foundation trilogy by Isaac Asimov; Movies: Casablanca, The Matrix, and The Girl, the Gold Watch and Everything; Musicians: Joao Gilberto, Stan Getz, David Gilmour, George Benson, Eric Clapton.

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