Community Involvement

  • Chairperson for the Calvary United Methodist Preschool Board
  • Member of the Illinois State University Alpha Tau Omega Housing Corp.
  • Fourth Grade Sunday School Teacher at Calvary United Methodist Church

Qualifications

Management
  • Manage multiple complex cross departmental projects. 
  • Drive business process and procedure changes across an organization.
  • Facilitation of workshops to formulate an organizations vision, goals and strategies.
  • Success in jumping into non-IT roles while helping drive innovation and optimization within an organization.
  • Optimize budgets and vendor relationships while lowering costs and improving operations. 
  • Experience writing and speaking on technical subject matter to both technical and non-technical audiences. 
  • Involvement in IT issues for acquisitions and divestitures of businesses. 
  • Implementation of company wide project management tools and processes. 
  • Focus on the IT/IS team as a customer service team, using feedback from internal and external customers to improve processes and procedures. 
  • Implement, support and enhance BI, CMS, CRM, ERP, ETL, HRIS, SaaS, Wiki and eCommerce processes and tools. 
  • Significant experience in leadership and management of international direct and dotted line teams.
  • Ability to execute and implement disaster recovery and security plans.
Technical

  • Rollout and support of large direct storage, network attached storage and storage area networks. 
  • Successful research, implementation and maintenance of integrated VoIP based phone systems. 
  • Implementation and support of complex data and voice networks consisting of: MPLS, 100Mb Fiber, DS3, T1, ISDN, and DSL circuits utilizing switches, firewalls and routers from: 3Com, Cisco, Eastern Research, Imagestream, Adtran and Linux based 
  • Development, maintenance and support of many websites utilizing various development languages including PERL, PHP, Python, C, Cold Fusion and Java. 
  • Support and development of international reseller networks and web stores including credit card validation and instant product downloads. 
  • Management of large physical and virtual server environments across: Linux, Windows, Macintosh, Sun Solaris, AIX, HPUX and AS/400 - iSeries. 
  • Maintenance of multi-operating system end user environments consisting of over 600 desktop and laptop machines running Windows, Linux, and Macintosh OS. 
  • Production databases running DB2, Oracle and MySQL in a 7 x 24 environment. 
  • Experience with many email and calendaring systems including Lotus Notes, Microsoft Exchange, Oracle, Post Fix, QMail, Send Mail, and Google Apps. 
  • Support of high volume and large content web sites across multiple domains.

Summary

Collin has a terrific ability to understand a business and develop an easy to follow narrative about where the company is heading and how technology can help successfully deliver on an organization's vision. He has proven successful in integrating the existing systems and talent of a company with new technology and processes. Collin's experience in a diverse range of industries and technologies, coupled with his international experience, will help drive innovation and optimization for the entire company.

Interests

Gadgets, gizmos, transforming business via technology, restoring old houses, and traveling with family.

Work History

Work History
Jan 2011 - Present

Senior Manger of Special Projects

Robert Bosch Tool Corporation

Charged with leading the business unit toward the future by helping to reformulate the vision and long term strategic goals as the business goes through a major reorganization.  Leading cross functional teams  implementing new and improved processes while rebuilding the organization.  Managing a number of cross functional project teams focused on analyzing the current markets, products, and opportunities to help shape the future direction of the business.

Selected accomplishments: 

  • Drove the rationalization and cleanup of the product master data in the SAP R3 ERP.
  • Facilitated business unit leader workshops on the formulation of a new vision and strategic goals.
  • Implemented a new system and process to better track and manage private label product requests.
  • Rollout of a data integration tool to allow end users to easily work with data in Excel from multiple data sources with minimal training.
Sep 2008 - Dec 2010

IT Director and Senior Project Manager

Robert Bosch Tool Corporation

Became a Bosch executive as part of the acquisition of the LR Nelson Corporation. Focused on utilizing my extensive systems and business experience to implement tools, processes and procedures.  Key member on the Bosch integration team for the merger of the Nelson and Sunterra divisions into the Robert Bosch systems and networks. 

Selected accomplishments:

  • Defined and implemented a system and process to review product innovation. 
  • Developed system and process to analyze and monitor the go live process for new products.
  • Led the implementation of SAP APO for sales forecasting. 
  • Working with the marketing team to develop a plan for utilizing MS Tag and QR Codes to improve communication at trade shows and in the retailers at point of purchase. 
  • Implemented CIP / Lean Office in the business unit. 
  • Rolled out SAP Business Warehouse reporting into the business unit.
  • Business lead for the successful migration of Nelson's legacy ERP and the Gilmour systems SAP R/3 systems into the primary Bosch Tools SAP system. 
  • Successfully lead the quick transitions of systems so that basic integration between Bosch and the Nelson/Sunterra divisions could be established. 
  • Completed the migration of legacy systems into standard Bosch systems and support. 
  • Consulted and managed the systems used by two divestitures of LR Nelson until they were able to migrate into new systems. 
  • Implemented a new call center system within Garden and Watering to handle each of the three brands. 
Sep 2006 - Oct 2008

Chief Information Officer

LR Nelson Corporation

Direct responsibility for all information systems and technologies used by the US, Asian and European facilities and employees. Focus on modernizing the systems and technologies used in the organization.

Selected accomplishments:

  • Significantly updated, enhanced and expanded IT services to the organization while offsetting the costs via other reductions from service changes and optimizations.
  • Integration of an acquired business into the corporate systems, including: Voice, JBA ERP, Lawson Financials, and other back office systems.
  • Migration of 90% of the computing infrastructure to a VM Ware Server environment.
  • Migration from Lotus Notes for Calendering and Email to SaaS Google Applications.
  • Implementation of internal customer training and IT cross training sessions.
  • Deployment of web based reporting for employees, partners and customers against ERP and Financial Applications data.
  • Integration of a Shoretel VoIP Phone system with an existing legacy Avaya PBX.
  • Implementation of Pentaho Data Integration ETL tool to integrate data between the iSeries/AS400 based JBA ERP and Lawson Financial data, Linux based CRM and legacy MS Excel spreadsheet data to significantly reduce the number of places that data needs to be entered.
  • Research and selection of WebGUI Web Content Management System .
  • Design and deployment of a central authentication system for controlling access to externally available systems for employees, partners and customers.
  • Roll-out of JIRA a web based trouble, change and project management system.
  • Development of a B2B and B2C web store integrated with legacy ERP system.
  • Participated in the initial roll out of Lean Six Sigma across the organization.
  • Installation of a Wiki for cross department and business unit documentation.
  • Deployment of a MPLS to connect the sites around the world improving the availability and speed of the systems.
Feb 2001 - Sep 2006

Director of Information Technology

Wolfram Research Inc.

Directly responsible for all the systems and technologies deployed around the world.  Leading a multinational team of 20+ persons.

Selected Accomplishments:

  • Migration from 5 disconnected phone systems across 3 countries to one integrated VoIP based phone system.

  • Implementation of internal customer training and IT cross training sessions.

  • Implemented an open-source help-desk application for change, project and issue management which handled over 35,000 tickets during the first year and 150,000 in the second year.

  • In house development utilizing JAD and RAD to extend Oracle Applications in the areas of CRM, HR, and Web store processes to match business goals utilizing PERL, JAVA, PHP, C and PL/SQL.

  • Implementation of web based reporting tools, including Crystal Reports, for use with Oracle applications and used to link that data with legacy information stored in MySQL and filemaker.

  • Integration of Oracle applications business suite with a Web Store developed in house. Including credit cards processing, the passing of sales to value added resellers, and binary downloads while handling multiple countries and currencies.

  • Research, designed, and migrated to a large server room from a small data closet.

  • Standardization of servers, laptops and desktops to help reduce unit cost, while supporting three major OS platforms (Windows, Linux and Macintosh)

  • Utilization of video and audio conferencing technologies, including WebEx, Macromedia Breeze, and Polycom H.323 video conferencing equipment, to increase and improve interactions with remote workers, current and potential customers as well as reducing travel costs.

  • Integration of a co-location hosting model for application downloads via a web store, while maintaining all other web service locally to the Wolfram Research data center.

  • Merging of Windows Active Directory and OpenLDAP to create a cross platform centralized authentication system.

Sep 1997 - Feb 2001

Team Leader - Applications Analyst

Caterpillar Inc.
Project leader for all aspects of the event and systems management initiatives.

Responsible for infrastructure and processes related to the implementation and support of event and systems management for Caterpillar's divisions and central IS organization.

Selected Accomplishments:

  • Developed network appliance to gather metrics for real time reporting and trend analysis of Caterpillar's e-commerce environment.
  • Designed and implemented an enterprise wide eCommerce monitoring solution utilizing Tivoli, Mercury Interactive, Landmark Systems software as well as internally developed applications and scripts.
  • Developed, designed, implemented and supported cross platform enterprise systems management worldwide, utilizing Tivoli and integrated it with 3rd party vendors and systems, including MS SQL, Oracle, Cognos, Comdisco’s CLASS and vendor tools.
  • Worked on development and implementation of ITIL processes and architecture for availability, problem, change, and performance management, as well as contingency planning, help desk, and software control and distribution.
  • Participated in Caterpillar's Six Sigma training.
Jul 1996 - Sep 1997

Consultant

CPI - The Experts

Recruited to provide support on behalf of Caterpillar Inc. Central IT Services.  Provided OS/2, Windows NT, Windows 95, Windows 3.x and DOS support. Also supported servers, inter/intranet, video conferencing, Lotus Notes and systems management.  Provided support and design assistance for various projects.

May 1993 - Jul 1996

President and CEO

CSSolutions Inc.

Provided the full a full range of IT services including, consulting, design, set-up, training, programming, and support for computer systems  on behalf of small to medium sized companies.Performed contract technical marketing and support work for Fortune 500 companies on behalf of IBM. Traveled the midwest on behalf of IBM giving presentations introducing what the Internet can do for consumers and business.

Education

Education