Mr. Lema is proprietor of D. R. Lema & Associates (DRL) in Elk Grove, California providing business management, strategic planning, information technology and marketing consulting services to government agencies and private sector firms. As an independent consultant since 1989, Mr. Lema's firm has completed engagements nationwide which have resulted in significant savings, increased efficiencies, greater sales and more operating flexibilities for clients.
The firm has specialized in providing consulting services for high profile, large, multi-jurisdictional, multi-disciplined, complex government projects and private undertakings including business process and work flow improvements.
In 2009 he e-published his first novel of historical fiction “Operation 1420” followed in 2011 by his second such work “Operation Ersatz”. He is currently writing the final work of the trilogy, “Operation Aeolus”, slated to be e-published in 2014. D. R. Lema & Associates is the publisher of his works.
Mr. Lema has been a lecturer to government and private sector audiences in over 20 state capitols and numerous major cities throughout the United States and overseas. He has written scores of columns and editorials on the subjects of information technology in government and business settings, and the changing dynamics of business operations which are being driven by information technology. From 1987 to 1993 he was Editorial Advisor of Government Technology magazine.
Mr. Lema was an Associate Professor at California State University Dominguez Hills, in the subjects of political science and U.S. history and was an Adjunct Professor at California State University Sacramento in business management, information technology and executive development. As an Adjunct Professor at CSUS he also lectured in the Executive Leadership Forum Program for the University. Mr. Lema holds college instructor credentials in Business and Industrial Management and Computer and Related Technologies.
Prior to establishing his independent consultant practice in 1989, Mr. Lema was appointed to serve as the Director of the Stephen P. Teale Data Center of the State of California, a position he held for over eight years. The Teale Data Center, (since renamed the Department of Information Technology), is the state’s general purpose information technology service bureau, operating as an enterprise fund, and providing a broad range of services to over 120 government agencies in California. He served in this capacity in the Administrations of Governors Jerry Brown (first tenure) and George Deukmejian.
As part of his consulting practice, Mr. Lema created the Accelerator Network, a close affiliation of synergistic, individual clients of David R. Lema & Associates representing the most experienced, innovative and versatile specialists in the world of advanced information technologies covering the areas of marketing, competitive and strategic competencies. The Accelerator Network operated from 1995 to 2007 and included Member / Clients who were Fortune 100 companies as well as creative start-up firms.
In 1999 under Mr. Lema’s guidance and leadership, a comprehensive Business Continuity Plan for Governance of the State of California was prepared. This Plan outlines the procedures for continuing governance of the State of California in the event of a major disruption that interrupts the day-to-day activities of the Legislative, Judicial and Executive Branches, including the six Governor’s Offices located throughout California and in Washington D. C.
In 2001 Mr. Lema was appointed by California Governor Gray Davis to represent the private sector on the Governor’s State Strategic Committee on Terrorism (SSCOT). In this capacity he acted as a liaison between the public and private sectors as the Committee pursued its mission of Homeland Security for California.
In 2003 Mr. Lema launched an effort to create a new company with two principal concentrations: 1) Strategic Planning and Project Management for large government Information Technology initiatives, and: 2) Homeland Security initiatives such as Emergency Preparedness, Emergency Operations Planning and Hazard Assessments and Mitigation Planning. The firm, Bluecrane, Inc., has secured engagements with several jurisdictions to oversee strategic planning and project management activities in extremely large, complex and politically sensitive state and local government projects such as data center disaster recovery and redundancy and human services, unemployment and taxing applications. Homeland security engagements for Bluecrane have included preparing the emergency operations plans and local hazard mitigation plans for cities, counties and special districts, including some of the largest entities in the country. Mr. Lema concluded buy-out arrangements with Bluecrane in 2009.
Mr. Lema earned a Master, Business Administration degree at Golden Gate University, San Francisco, Bachelor of Arts - Management degree at California State University, Sacramento and an Associate of Arts, Accounting degree at Sacramento City College.
He lives in Elk Grove, California.