An experienced project manager and consultant with the skills needed to bring modern technology and people closer together to improve performance. A superb customer relations point man with the patience and diligence to deal with the most demanding clients. A recognized leader able to create and follow a vision and strategy to fruition.

Work History

Work History
Sep 2006 - Present

Owner / Project Manager

Schuster Enterprise Services

A sole proprietorship consultancy focused on project management for health care and small non-profits.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

  • Created a document management system for a small non-profit that improved the quality of required reporting to government agencies
  • Improved board governance for a small non-profit by implementing a better succession plan and organization structure
Aug 1998 - Present

Board Advisor / Historian

PMI Houston Chapter

A local professional association with approximately 3,000 members dedicated to building professionalism in project management.


  • Produced a communications plan for the chapter utilizing new technologies
  • Moved the monthly newsletter from the printed page to electronic format saving $15,000 in annual publishing and mailing costs.
  • Designed a web site for a professional association that reduced costs by utilizing online event registration.
  • Responsible for a $600,000 annual budget with seven direct reports.
  • Increased membership participation by adding a mentoring program and a four-step volunteer development program
  • Improved board governance by implementing a better succession plan and organization structure
  • Re-established the annual PMI Houston Conference as a major revenue source for the organization.
  • Serve as master of ceremonies for a monthly meeting in Southwest Houston.
  • Assembling a recorded 35-year history of the Houston Chapter.
  • Serve as travel planner for conferences and seminars held in other cities.
  • Serve on the Chapter Advisory committee at the discretion of the president.
  • Held the following positions on the Board of Directors: Member at Large (2000), VP Communications (2002), VP EBusiness (2003), First Vice President (2004), President (2005), Board Advisor (2006 to present)
Feb 2000 - Present


Lamplighters Beneficial Foundation, Inc.

Lamplighters is a non-profit Texas chartered corporation that provides a facility and amenities for twelve-step program groups to hold their meetings.


  • Preside over a nine member board of directors at monthly meetings.
  • Manage a $40,000 annual budget and chart of accounts.
  • Reduced expenses 20% in a year without cutting services.
  • Increased fundraising revenue and outside support through donations.
Jan 2006 - Present


Smith Family Foundation, Inc.

A small family foundation dedicated to assisting charities that benefit children and addiction recovery programs.


  • ¬†Preside over a 6 member board at quarterly meetings.
  • Oversee the management of a $1,200,000 endowment.
Mar 1983 - Aug 2006

Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician

The Methodist Hospital

Position also called: Technician IIISee link:


  • Performed repairs and troubleshooting in operating rooms on medical devices during surgery that saved delays and expensive cancellations of procedures costing up to $30,000 per case.
  • Installed repaired and maintained seven mass spectrometers and 60 gas monitors used to monitor anesthesia delivery during surgery saving the annual cost of a service agreement.
  • Managed the transition from mass spectrometry to infrared bench technology that simplified the process and reduced the cost of providing the monitoring service.
  • Installed and maintained a system of centralized wireless telemetry monitoring for a 1,400+ bed hospital system that reduced labor costs of monitoring patients separately.
  • Managed a $1,500,000 project to replace over 600 computer controlled infusion therapy devices that improved the quality of information for the medical records.
Jan 1992 - Aug 2006

Technical Support Coordinator

The Methodist Hospital

One of the premier healthcare providers in Houston's Texas Medical Center with a full-range of hospital services.----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

  • Provided desktop support for a 50 person department that saved the cost of outsourcing the service.
  • Performed network administration duties on Novell and Microsoft Exchange servers that provided personalized service for department users.
  • Managed an evaluation project to ultimately choose the best method to convert the hospital to an electronic medical record (EMR).
  • Managed the equipment acquisition and installation project for a suburban hospital startup..
Jan 1981 - Mar 1983

Senior Biomedical Equipment Technician

The Methodist Hospital
  • Provided service support for cardiology and EKG equipment including board and component level repairs on electronic systems that resulted in saving the cost of vendor service calls.
  • Designed a battery maintenance schedule for portable defibrillators that saved $15,000 in annual replacement costs.
  • Earned the professional certification offered by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation: CBET. Certificate # 1638 issued 03-14-1983
Jan 1979 - Jan 1981

Biomedical Equipment Technician

The Methodist Hospital
  • Performed repairs and maintenance procedures on medical devices such as infusion pumps, physical therapy equipment, and hemodialysis machines that saved the annual costs of service contracts.




Mar 1983 - Present

Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician Emeritus

The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation
Sep 2000 - Sep 2013

Project Management Professional

Project Management Institute