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Work experience

Oct 2009Feb 2011

ProEdge Instructor

ProBuild Holdings, Inc

Taught location personnel new computer software to run daily business.  Software was Oracle based with modifications to fit ProBuild needs.  Lead trainer at four locations and assisted training at two other locations.  Provided on site support for two conversions, both during conversion weekend and first week live on the system.  Training consisted mostly of classroom style training with  some one-on-one instruction.  Taught classes in order entry, purchasing, receiving, shipping, inventory management and warehouse transfers.

Provided location support in 20+ locations.  Helped develop training tools, schedules and documentation.

Oct 1999Jan 2009

Store Systems Training Specialist


Taught an ERP (SX.e) software to BMC West location software users.

Lead trainer for software conversions in nine states; taught the use of new computer software system to location personnel; training was done in classroom format and individual training as required; taught all modules required to run daily business (accounts payable, accounts receivable, general ledger, purchasing, order entry, inventory control, shipping feedback (invoicing), dispatch and delivery, work order production and warehouse transfers)

Supervised one to two trainers at 24 software conversions; developed training tools and outlines for thirteen other trainers; designed and developed 21 "User Manuals" covering all areas of instruction, a condensed "User's Guide" for desk top reference, workbooks to aid training and software certification tests.

Provided support during and after conversions at 30 locations.  Created overviews of all available reports on the software system for posting on the company website.

Was an integral part of two computer software upgrades which include the following

  • Wrote test scripts from modification spec sheets
  • Tested the modifications
  • Provided location support and re-education after both upgrades
  • Wrote and published manuals detailing upgrade changes
Apr 1983Oct 1999

Purchasing Manager

BMC West (Formerly Hillsdale Sash & Door)
  • Purchased stock and non-stock inventory
  • Maintained inventory stocking levels of .5 to 1.5 million dollars
  • Improved inventory turns from 1.5 to 5
  • Supervised yearly inventory counts
    • Prepared count tickets
    • Developed and maintained computer bin locations
  • Maintained pricing, computer codes and inventory levels for stock products
  • Established and built strong vendor relationships
  • Developed pricing structures
  • Maintained timely material returns and credits
  • Trained and supervised purchasing assistants
  • Trained and organized purchasing groups in multiple corporate locations
  • Shared responsibility for software conversion
    • Set and performed training
    • Built and maintained software process for entry of door unit orders
May 1981Oct 1983

Sales Representative

Mid-Oregon Warehouse

Serviced and built sales territory in the Portland metro area for wholesale hardware supplier to cabinet shops, prehung door shops and locksmiths.

Aug 1973Jun 1980

Purchasing Manager

Columbia Hardwood and Moulding

Purchased all materials for daily door shop production; planned and organized door shop production; supervised customer service/order desk; performed inside sales duties of taking customer orders and helping customers; prepared all orders for shipping; keyed lockes as needed for customer orders;


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Inventory Management
I have managed inventories in excess of 2 million dollars.  I have reduced inventory levels and managed to keep inventory turns high with minimal or no backorders.  I have increased inventory turns from a low of .5 to over 5 and maintained the turn rate.  I am familiar with such terms as min/max, safety stock, re-order point and review cycle.  I believe in obtaining the best quality product for the best possible price but I will never sacrifice quality to achieve a better price.
I have 25+ years doing purchasing.  I am familiar purchasing concepts and processes.  I am experienced in selecting and evaluating vendors.  I have taken APICS courses but never took the certification test.  I am experienced in cost management, pricing and SKU setup.
Typing skills are somewhere in the 35-40 wpm, although I have not been given a keyboarding test in many years.  I do 10-key by touch.
Public Speaking/Presentations
As a classroom trainer I have given many presentations (nearly daily for 9 years) in front of groups of people.  I am also experienced in doing presentations via WebEx.  I have even done cantoring in church and done lectoring as well.
Microsoft PowerPoint
My use of PowerPoint has been to prepare slide presentations for training classes and other presentations that were required.  I am able to do different types of slides and set up slide transitions.
Microsoft Excel
I have learned to write simple formulas in Excel and import data from other worksheets onto a different worksheet.  I have used Excel to put together pricing sheets for salesmen.
Microsoft Word
Used Word exclusively to write the documentation for the NxTrend User's Manuals and the User's Guides.  I have used various aspects like adding charts, tables and spreadsheets.  I have also used Word for writing letters and providing documentation for other processes.  I am experienced in setting up hyperlinks in documents.


John Sheltren

John was the project manager for several software conversions during my time with BMHC.

Gordon McGee

Gordon was my immediate supervisor during my time as a trainer with BMHC.

Mike Reece

Mike and I worked together as trainers for both ProBuild and BMHC.

Jim Cooper

Jim provided lumber materials during my time as Purchasing Manager with Hillsdale Sash and Door

Teresa Hansen

Teresa ran a successful independent sales rep agency and handled several product lines which I purchased during my Purchasing Manager time at Hillsdale Sash and Door

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Building material professional with expertise in two major areas:Purchasing professional with more than 20 years experience with inventory management, cost effective buying and vendor relations. Effective, hardworking and dedicated to achieving personal and company success.Training professional experienced in training individuals on computer software, specifically geared toward building materials but adapatable to any industry.Well rounded experience in business that is adapatable to any industry/organization interested in having a employee that is a practical problem-solver and trouble shooter able to work well as part of a team or independently .


“My first experience with Don was at the Multi Store SXE implementation for the Central Texas Region. I was the Regional Inventory Manager at the time, and was tasked with organizing the training sessions in my region. Don trained all of the employees at several business units covering many different business segments and job duties. His knowledge of the software was unsurpassed among the many trainers, as well as his understanding of the operational and a administrative duties within our business. The working knwledge that he has proved invaluable during the training process. He always exibited a professional demeanor when faced with the difficult task of training "old dogs new tricks". His patience was much appreciated. Don was also tasked with writing all of the training docuementation for our primary software. Whenever I had a difficult question, I knew that Don was the person to call. He will be a great asset wherever lands.” March 26, 2009

John Adams , Assistant Manager , BMHC worked with Donald at BMHC