• Olive Branch MS

Dan Bull

Owner   Bull and Sons, LLC

Summary

With an eye for detail, a default approach of applying critical thinking, and a willingness to mentor those around me, attacking complex technical issues is my mission for work and self-development.  I take pride in using my work and life experiences to help others with their business related challenges. In addition and in my opinion, I possess a strong working knowledge of distribution and manufacturing processes as well as knowledge in trade specific codes, policies, and best practices for a variety of disciplines including Information Technologies, HVAC, and Electrical.

Work History

Work History

Owner

Mar 2012 - Present
Olive Branch Tech Support

Olive Branch Tech Support is a complete provider of Information Technology needs for small businesses and non-profits as well as individuals. At Olive Branch Tech Support, we have experience with many types of computer hardware manufacturers, software applications, hosting solutions, local networks, wide area networks, and wireless applications. We also offer web design, custom software solutions, hosted Microsoft Exchange email, web hosting, and offsite data backup to our business class customers.   

As in any small business, I am required to wear many hats and step out of the proverbial comfort zone on a regular basis.  One of my favorite hats to wear though is that of consulting with businesses in various industries on methods to improve inventory management, document management or business practices by utilizing their existing infrastructure or for minimal cash outlay.

Systems Analyst/IT Specialist

Nov 2006 - Nov 2011
GTS Technologies

Memphis, TN

  • Develop, deploy, and maintain business systems to meet the needs of each individual customer account
  • Take ownership and responsibility to promptly respond to problem calls, quickly diagnosing the problem and making required modifications or recommending a solution
  • Effectively communicate with my customer accounts on any modifications or installations of hardware or software
  • Set up, configure, and support system networks (Primarily Layer 2)
  • Set up, configure, and support for a variety of SMB server systems and business applications.

I worked as part of a team to provide information technology (computer services) needs for small to medium size businesses.  I am experienced with many types of computer hardware, software applications, local networks, VPN, wide area networks, and wireless applications.

Part of my responsibilities included consulting services for an entire technology application.  I would analyze the workstations, servers and network for maximum efficiency, and make recommendations on improving productivity if necessary.  I also met with staff to offer ways for improving business practices.  I had many customers in many different industries and used that experience to recommend new or alternative ways of doing business.

Purchasing, Inventory Control and Information Technologies Manager

Jun 2003 - Nov 2006
HVAC Sales and Supply Co., Inc.

Memphis, TN

  • Managed the purchasing, replenishment, and movement of over $5,000,000 of inventory in six different locations using a hub and spoke methodology.
  • Acting sole contact for support of all company owned hardware and software including all business applications and server platforms.
  • Acting party in the management of developing and maintaining facility systems, applications, and security, telephone, and network configurations for all HVAC locations.
  • Managed development of e-commerce B2B website
  • Managed development, deployment, and maintenance of Wireless Warehouse Management System.
  • Oversaw the construction and/or maintenance activities performed by third parties.
  • Training of all employees on the operations of newly installed or modified applications, automation, and control system.
  • Significantly reduced business critical systems downtime.
  • Liaison for new system start up and commissioning by all outside system contractors.

During my time in this role at HVAC, using data extracted directly from the SQL database, I developed several tools to aid in my responsibilities such as monitoring back-ordered, special, or direct ship items; dynamic purchase review cycles based on variable/seasonal demand as opposed to min/max levels or other inventory purchasing methods based on static data; and data accuracy in relation to regional industry standards translated from manufacturer descriptions and UOM's.  In addition, since in my opinion your sell price, should in part, be based on your replacement cost and not just the purchase price, I developed methods to allow for simple sell price updates based on those two factors.  One thing I learned quickly after my promotion to the role is that, in order to manage thousands of items on an item-by-item basis is a time consuming process that could be benefit from flexible algorithms that reflect key metrics such as inventory value, turns, supplier lead-time, profit margin, supplier freight paid order value's, and so on.

Branch Manager

Jan 2002 - Jun 2003
HVAC Sales and Supply Co., Inc.

Jonesboro, AR

  • Managed both outside and inside sales staff
  • Managed all warehouse activities including company owned vehicle delivery routes
  • Meet/Exceed formulated sales goals and budget expenses
  • Responsible for the general upkeep and maintenance of all facilities and equipment as needed.
  • Ensured proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment and supplies
  • Promoted continuous improvement of workplace safety and environmental practices
  • Outlined all work in compliance with corporate standards, procedures, and quality requirements. 2002-2003

General Manager

Jan 2000 - Jan 2002
Pameco Corp.

Jackson, TN

  • Oversaw both outside and inside sales staff
  • Managed all warehouse activities including company owned vehicle delivery routes
  • Provided schedules for the general upkeep and maintenance of all facilities and equipment as needed
  • Ensured proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment and supplies
  • Promoted continuous improvement of workplace safety and environmental practices
  • Outlined all work in compliance with corporate standards, procedures, and quality requirements

Branch Manager

Jul 1998 - Dec 2000
Hammond Distributing

Jonesboro, AR

  • Oversaw both outside and inside sales staff
  • Managed all warehouse activities including company owned vehicle delivery routes
  • Provided schedules for the general upkeep and maintenance of all facilities and equipment as needed
  • Ensured proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment and supplies
  • Promoted continuous improvement of workplace safety and environmental practices
  • Outlined all work in compliance with corporate standards, procedures, and quality requirements

Education

Education

Digital Electronics

1995 - 1997
Holmes Community College

Certifications

Certifications

Section 609 of the United States Clean Air Act Certified

Aug 2001 - Present
MACS (Mobile Air Conditioning Society)

Section 608 of the United States Clean Air Act Certified (Universal)

Jan 2001 - Present
esco Insitute