Summary

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.

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  • 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

President

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.

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  • 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

President

Smith Family Foundation, Inc.

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

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

Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician

The Methodist Hospital

Position also called: Technician IIISee link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biomedical_equipment_technician

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  • 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 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.

Education

Education

Certifications

Certifications
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