Gary Fortune


I am a team oriented project manager with the passion, knowledge, experience, and perception to make all of my projects successes. I am very flexible, travel up to 100% is never an issue, and for a great opportunity I am open to domestic or international relocation. Most recently I served as a Unisys Senior Project Manager. My career has been focused on conceptualizing solutions to many varied business problems, identification of project requirements, planning projects, implementation, management of complex project opportunities, and gaining executive alignment. I always savor pushing through the challenges of new business opportunities. My positions include those of College Instructor, Director of Programs, and Senior Project Manager in many industries IT/IS, Engineering, Telecom, Healthcare, Banking, Utilities, and Government operations from my numerous successful prior projects. I am dedicated to helping people improve their projects, planning, and business processes. As a leader of complex project teams, I assist people to become better communicators and project oriented managers with project focus on all stakeholders interests from Pre Sales steps through proposal generation, project planning, delivery and project closeout. My strengths include excellent project organization, scope. time, cost, quality, risk, and change management, interpersonal, communications, and problem solving skills. I am a highly motivated, high energy self-starter with significant team player soft skills.. I am an avid networker with connections all over the world. I have managed multiple projects with budgets under one million dollars and teams of three people, and large individual projects with budgets of ten to fifty million dollars, and teams of thirty people plus multiple vendors. I am immediately available as an employee or contractor. gfortune[AT]

Work History

Work History
2010 - Present

Instructor - Business Administration & Management

Columbus State University
Nov 2008 - Present

Senior Project Manager

A Search for my Next Project Management Position
phone 678-488-6592
Apr 2006 - Nov 2008

Senior Project Manager

Unisys Global Industries
• Planned, designed, developed, and implemented an Enterprise wide, Knowledge Management Project Management Methodology. Ensured compatibility with PMI PMBOK and IBM RUP Processes. • Planned the Implementation of the Proof Of Concept, and Pilot of Dubai, UAE, Security including Maritime Seaport, Airport, and Personnel Security Systems. • Planned and Implemented Proof Of Concept/Pilot of Desktop Virtualization for Capital One Call Centers. • Planned and implemented a full Service Desk project for Amgen Pharmaceutical Corp. including Planning, Requirements, and Risk Assessment from a PMO Environment. • Planned and implemented a complex, Enterprise wide, Infrastructure Architecture Asset Management project for Quest Diagnostics including all Planning and Risk Assessment. • Planned/ project managed implementation of the Emergency Operations Center to manage recovery from Hurricane Katrina, the largest natural emergency/disaster suffered in the USA at New Orleans, LA.
Nov 2005 - Apr 2006

Manager Consultant

• Planned and project managed a major complex Electrical Utility IT Project related to power generation requirements, controls, and automated meter reporting (AMI) systems eliminating the cost of personnel reading the meter on location, and enabled the Utility company to take constant utilization readings to insure the needed power is always available without wasted excess.
May 2000 - Jun 2005

Senior Project Manager

Unisys Global Communications
Skillfully mentored international business partners and Proj. over 40 nations in improving schedules, client relations, and improved services gross margin by 4% • Tactfully managed the consulting implementation of several customized IVR Systems for BellSouth within budget and schedule in a hostile three-corporation environment. This SDLC Implementation employed a Nortel solution, Intelligent Call Routing, Oracle Reporting System, and integrated with the BellSouth back end using offshore developers • Orchestrated Cisco, GeoTel, and E-Talk software and application systems integration into an existing Network • Successfully planned and implemented a $9.5M, four site, CTI Remittance Processing System for Qwest Communications, upselling the project to $12 million and adding 10% to gross margin • Creatively mentored a Project Internet and Telecom, Loan Application automation. Detailed requirements, processes, and project planning/implementation for a large bank in Puerto Rico
Mar 1999 - Oct 1999

Lead IT Program Manager

Computer Task Group
• Planned and directed the BellSouth/Accenture/EDS e-business/IT Integrated Dispatch System (IDS) program. Architecture was comprised of a GUI front-end written in Visual Basic for WIN 95, 98, & NT. The back-end was HP-UX 11.0 running on a cluster of HP – K580s, V2500s, D350s, & D390s. The server application was written in C++ with Oracle 8.0 as the DBMS. Effectively completed project resulting in all $40K repair trucks performing an added two calls per day at no added cost. • Directed the interface and conversion to the new Telcordia telecom dispatch product with nine existing BellSouth applications as a Consultant to Accenture Consulting within budget and schedule. • Directed the project analysis and development of an IT Pilot Project proposal that resulted in the addition of $6M of new business for Accenture Consulting.
1998 - 1999

Programs Director

Worldport Communications
Developed PMO, and recommended projects prioritization plans. Managed resources ensuring completion of international backbone with available funds. Directed IT programs concept definition, organization and planning structure for International Fiber Optics Network Portfolio of programs for 14 switch locations at $6M per project. • Personally generated the initial set of processes and procedures for Operations, Engineering, and Programs/ Projects Management as the company started doing business. This baseline methodology provided efficiency of estimating and implementation of the various switch sites.
Apr 1997 - Sep 1998

Program Management Director

Project Management Services, Inc.
• Provided program concept definition/organization/planning for the Long Distance Program and subordinate projects to BellSouth Telecommunications Company. $25M, and 75-member project. • Planned and directed the Long Distance 800 Calling Card IT/telecommunications program, and mentored the core team in project management techniques. The results of this New Product Development project placed BellSouth in the Long Distance business. • Structured the unbundled Network Elements Program/processes to provide increments of BellSouth’s network to CLECs including ports, switches, loops, tariff planning, etc. $10M, 30-member team. • Successfully directed 6-person, $500K project to improve BellSouth’s volume and revenue forecasting. Enabled BellSouth Forecasters to accurately project Market Share volume and revenue.
Sep 1996 - Mar 1997

Senior Project Manager

Data Products
Project Manager of a Consumer Goods Manufacturer, charged with leading a team in the design, development, testing, and Production of Ink Jet Cartridges.
Sep 1995 - Sep 1996

Senior Project Manager

Tracor purchased AEL Cross Systems. I was Project Manager of Special Forces MH-60K and MH-47E Helicopter AN/AVS-7 Night Vision Goggles and Heads Up Display for the US Army.
Apr 1995 - Sep 1995

Senior Project Manager Consultant

AEL Industries - Cross Systems
Project Manager for a team to design, develop, test, and produce AN/AVS-7 Heads Up Display to work in concert with night vision goggles for US Army Special Forces unit 160th SOAR.
Oct 1993 - Jan 1995

Marketing Representative

Frontier Engineering
Jan 1991 - Sep 1993

Programs Manager

Western Instruments
Planned and implemented various Military and Commercial projects from Pre Sales through completion.
1988 - 1990

Program Manager

McLaughlin Research Corporation


1991 - 1993


California State University-Northridge
1972 - 1976


Rollins College
1970 - 1972


University of Central Florida
1968 - 1970


Brevard Community College