I have a rare combination of skills. I am a true people person. I enjoy meeting new people and building relationships with them. But I also have 15 years of programming experience, so I can slip right in with the geeks too. My social friends envy my technical skills and my programmer friends are amazed at how I work a room.I have spent the last three years working on various entrepreneurial ventures and am interested in joining a team to both learn and contribute my unique blend of social and technical understanding to the business development process.I am passionate about Social Media, Personal Branding and Relationship Building. You'll generally find me coaching, networking, brainstorming, making friends and laughing both on and offline.
Oct 2002 - Present
President / Creative Director
Prospected and closed business using personal reference, networking and Social Media for web development, Social Media coaching and technical support servicesLead the development of the Internet Flotation Devices brand through thought leadership and managing the efforts of a decentralized design team.Managed a remote team of 4 freelance web developers and designers to meet project schedulesMaintained customer relationships and expectations for 9 concurrent customers
Oct 2010 - Present
Online Operations Manager
I managed the redevelopment effort of the CMIT Solutions website at www.cmitsolutions.com. During this time I built the project plan, interviewed and hired the developer and designer, managed requirements gathering and delivery, and trained internal staff and users.
I developed a comprehensive pay-per-click program for brand management, and to support 130 nationwide locations. This project included hiring consultants, building a closed-loop feedback system and managing the progress of the project.
Managed the design, development, and implementation of a Wordpress website for cmitfranchise.com
Coached franchise owners on the proper techniques for online marketing such as SEO, SEM, local listings, blogging and social media.
Aug 2011 - Present
J & E Ventures
I co-founded J & E Ventures as a parent company to Internet Flotation Devices and to serve as an entity to support my various entrepreneurial projects. These include mobile and online application development, product development and passive income projects.
The sale of one of these projects was the highlight of my year in 2011. It resulted in my first IP acquisition and watered the seed of technology entrepreneurialism that was planted years ago.
I'm constantly trying out new ideas, building products and serving clients in ways that I had not anticipated. J & E Ventures allows me the flexibility to pursue various endeavors and maintain control at the same time.
Apr 2009 - Jul 2009
Provided technical support to sales team for sales calls at customer sites
Demonstrated software capabilities and described system architecture on sales calls and at trade shows
Mar 2003 - Oct 2008
Senior Software Engineer
Developed new applications from requirements documents as well as maintained existing code through the bug identification, and emergency change request processes
Optimized file processing through extensive architecture change that resulted in a file processing speed increase of 400%
Developed a JSP/Java web-based application to support training and scope management across projects
Automated unit tests using proprietary framework to ensure that code met quality assurance requirements
Interfaced with internal customers to define requirements and define project scope and timeline
Developed batch interfaces for ACS’s first online WIC (Women, Infants and Children) system for the State of Michigan
Delivered highly robust and reliable software for State Benefits Eligibility system integration using Java technologies, including the creation of middleware and internal API’s
Performed code reviews with team members both in Austin and in TianJin China to ensure that code produced successfully met requirements
Developed course and mentoring material for offshore training of TianJin China resources
Collaborated with other engineers on process enhancements with a commitment to continuing process improvement
Feb 2002 - Sep 2002
Software Engineer/Web Developer
Programmed COM objects in Visual Basic 6 to handle data access and business logic for the system
Designed and built various tools for filtering, updating and manipulating data in client-side arrays
Wrote and edited complex stored procedures in Microsoft SQL Server 7.0
Developed and implemented production roll procedures, documentation and maintained development environment architecture, status and changes
Jul 2001 - Jan 2002
Designed and built web based requirement tracking software to be used by EpicEdge and its clients during and after PeopleSoft implementations
Built and implemented web based incident tracking application used as system of record for support of PeopleSoft implementation at Texas Department of Health
Provided instruction and production support of web based incident tracking system
Redesigned and built statewide PeopleSoft introductory website for Texas State Health and Human Services Commission
Jul 2000 - Jul 2001
Worked on a contract basis for development companies in the Austin area such as Spherion e-Talent Group (assigned to Dell) and Catapult Systems
Programmed in a Commerce Server 2000 development environment to build an administrative interface to a database supporting the NewHomeSource.com website.
Scheduled and conducted code reviews in accordance with coding procedures and drafted supporting documents for production move packets
Sep 1999 - Jun 2000
Web Developer / Programmer
Designed, Implemented and Maintained web applications for Coleman.com using ASP, ADO and COM technologies with SQL Server 7.0 database support
Consulted with internal customers to define business processes and timelines for proposed web-based applications
Designed, Built, Implemented and Maintained application databases in SQL Server 7.0
Coded and registered custom COM components on development and production web servers using Visual Basic and MTS