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Sep 2006Mar 2009

Director of Information Technology

One of the world’s largest internet and telephone retailer of floral and specialty gifts (

  • Directed daily project and support activities of staff of 11 java (EJB, J2EE)/web (HTML, JSP) developers and business analysts, including third-party vendors and contractors.
  • Increased application development and staff productivity while decreasing time-to-market for new consumer and business-oriented applications.
  • Ensured project teams followed established SDLC procedures, including Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) and Payment Card Industry (PCI) standards, and performed Risk Analysis.
  • Managed daily schedule of multiple, concurrent projects from conception to implementation.
  • Develop project estimates and budgets, assist business leaders in defining project scope, requirements; manage development team and timelines; create testing strategy and deployment plans; responsible for vendor communication and scheduling.
  • Communicate with major stakeholders, including senior management and QA teams, regarding project plans, budgets, timelines, and global IT strategy.
  • Implemented major projects to decrease product shipping costs by 30% and increase product availability to consumers, resulting in less product waste and non-delivery costs.
  • Perform staff mentoring, coaching, training, and evaluation; responsible for hiring; promotions, and salary recommendations.
  • Improved application development build, release, and deploy schedules by 40% for 4 major software releases and numerous defect releases per year in a fast-paced development environment.

Assistant Vice President


Application Support Team Lead, (2004 – 2006) Managed 27-person application support group supporting 80 applications for Trust, Consumer, Treasury Management and Cash Management divisions.

  • Responsible for daily activities of local, long distance, and off-shore software support team
  • Directed and scheduled application support in a 24/7 environment
  • Ensure incidents and defects were addressed in timely manner with minimal business interference
  •  Developed and implemented plan to transition application functions to two off-shore organizations; retained key staff to assist in transition and limit impact to business units
  • Perform staff mentoring, coaching, training, and evaluation; responsible for hiring; promotions, and salary recommendations

Application Development Manager, (2002 – 2004) Managed 12-person application development and support team for the Cash Management Division (

  • Responsible for daily activities and on-going project scheduling for team of project managers, application developers, architect, and database administrator
  • Increased application development output by 200% in two years
  • Decreased time-to-market and improved software development quality
  • Managed multiple, concurrent projects with budgets ranging from $300,000 to $3,000,000
  • Increased application development output at a time when staff number was decreasing

Senior Managing Consultant

Software Architects, Inc. (currently Sogeti, Inc.)

Managing Consultant, (1997 – 2002)Coordinate, manage, and administer several medium- to large-sized software development projects and teams.

  • Lead application development consultant at client location, responsible for mentoring staff, acquiring new business, and managing projects
  • Create written documentation to support project decisions and provide both oral and written reports to senior staff
  • Point-of-contact for generation of new business within client area

Deputy Sheriff - Patrol

DuPage County Sheriff's Police

Defend and protect the people and property of the County of DuPage.

  • Active member of the county SWAT team
  • Provide daily activities with minimal supervision and make life-and-death decisions
  • Assisted in the creation of the Sheriff’s department’s first gang-crime division




DeVry Institute of Technology


Microsoft Project
Microsoft Office


Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT)


Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD)


Project Management Professional (PMP)

Project Management Institute (PMI)

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“Frank is an excellent project manager, able to quickly rationalize and prioritize a huge workload. Frank is well respected by his peers and is highly regarded by the businesses he supported within FTD.” 

Tony DillonChief Technology Officer , FTD, Inc. "Frank readily accepted any challenge we presented to him. He successfully led several projects across multiple teams. Frank quickly earned the respect of his peers, the management team and his direct reports. He is an excellent communicator and extremely thorough. Frank's work ethic, professionalism and integrity will allow him to be successful throughout his career."Bill BlountVice President - Technology , FTD, Inc."I have worked with Frank for many years and have had the opportunity to observe him in a wide vareity of situations. Frank has that rare combination of technical leadership skills along with the broader view of what is important to business. He is a technical leader that makes sound decisions and delivers on time results that exceed customer expectations in very complex circumstances. In all of my interactions with Frank, I have been impressed by his strong principles and good judgement. He is persuasive and persistent and I trust him."Glenn LewisVP Application Development , Bank of America"I have worked with Frank Bara as Project Manager peers and I have managed project for him at ABN AMRO. Frank was diligent at both duties. He quickly assesses what needs to be done and works quickly to get the project organized and running smoothly. He is very skilled at communicating technical solutions in understandable terms to non technical team players. I enjoyed working with Frank and would welcome the opportunity to work with him again." Carol WardSr. Project Manager , Software Architects

About me...

Versatile IT Director and Project/Product Manager with extensive operations, technical, and project management experience. Expertise in reducing application development costs and delivering quality software products. Adept at training, managing, and supporting team members. Outstanding leadership and communication skills. Resourceful problem solver and self-starter.Effective communicator that can convey information in a clear, concise manner.Proficient in PMI standards and best practices.Implemented numerous software and hardware projects that saved $2 million in operating costs for 2007-2009.Certified PMP by Project Management Institute.