Eric Simon

Work History

Work History
Jul 2007 - Present

President / CEO

Energize The Experience

Founded management and IT consulting organization targeting renewable energy, real estate, legal, and high-/bio- technology industries.  -    Performed as acting CTO for start-up ethanol manufacturing organization (NASDAQ: BIOF), leading IT build out through IPO. Built standardized Process Operations allowing organization to grow from 2 to 131 people with 6 offices. -    Residential Solar Electricity Solutions - Developing cost-effective residential Solar Electricity programs and solutions for existing dwellings at a city/district/subdivision-wide syndicate. Led budgeting, financial analysis, P&L, technical direction, and strategic partnerships.

Mar 1995 - Jun 2007

Vice President, Information Technology

Brookfield Homes

Top authority for enterprise-wide technology operations for this $1.5-billion homebuilder with subsidiaries across North America. Manage $3.5 million P&L, 25 direct-reporting staff/contractors, and 10 indirect reports. Scope includes strategic and financial planning, regulatory compliance (SOX audits), procurement, lifecycle program development and marketing, infrastructure/network/software development, project management, systems integration, and IT policies/procedures. Technology & Operations Vision, Strategy & Leadership-    Spearheaded new revenue streams including partnerships for high-tech broadband services and custom home-technology options for homebuyers. Captured a significant market advantage, earned partnership revenues in excess of $1 million annually, and increased technology options traction from under 5% of total options sales to over 20%. -    Built best-of-breed enterprise infrastructure (automated accounting, operations, and job costing solutions) for this fast-growing organization. Successfully handled 400% growth while holding personnel overhead growth to 5%. Team Building & Leadership-    Managed world-class IT organization through 3 corporate restructurings and an IPO. Hired and developed strengths-based team committed to customer satisfaction and alignment with the business vision. Provided ongoing training and expanding functionality to achieve exceptional retention rates with turnover of only 2 staff members in 13 years. Operations & Process Reengineering-    Reengineered purchasing and operations department to improve productivity and operational efficiency. Enabled a 30% reduction in personnel resources to save $100,000+ in annual payroll (50% less staffing than industry norm). -    Standardized decentralized, geographically dispersed operations and technology environment. -    Renegotiated vendor contracts and redesigned data/telecom/wireless infrastructures to cut annual costs $160,000. Technology Innovation-    Developed agile software solution (integrated e-commerce sales/back-office system) to streamline lifecycle management of Options Sales. Cut administrative errors from 74% to less than 10% and grew option sales 80%. -    Designed and built a unified Novell eDirectory-based identity management solution for all clients (staff, vendors, partners, buyers). Improved the customer experience across all operations and customer-facing software solutions. -    Delivered multiple projects on schedule/budget including enterprise applications, web/eCommerce solutions, help desk, business intelligence, security, disaster recovery, infrastructure upgrades, and data center operations.

Jan 1989 - Mar 1995

VP, Operations

Parallel Computing / CA Computer Rentals

Managed all aspects of operations for two interrelated companies (network services VAR and rentals / finance concern) focused on SMB technology, biotech, legal, real estate, and financial industry verticals. Oversaw technical support, business development, customer services, sales, marketing, accounting, HR, and administration departments. Developed and supervised a team of 7. Led budgeting, financial analysis, P&L, technical direction (multiple environments), and strategic partnerships. -    Transitioned the organization from product sales focus to service-based. Became company’s primary profit center and grew revenues from $200,000 to upwards of $2.5 million. -    Expanded core competencies from an expertise base of 4 technologies to more than 12 based on analysis of market needs and future technology initiatives. Created partnerships with manufacturers to grow service offerings. -    Built a support services department from the ground up (included technical team and sustainable infrastructure to support all competencies). Dramatically improved services levels to clients and impacted growth from 12 clients to 60+ full-service clients in 3 years. -    Secured manufacturing and operations software partnerships to create vertical industry specializations (legal, real estate, veterinary industries). Developed long-term service offerings to provide daily support for these small to mid-sized organizations. Resulted in new revenue streams and significant market penetration through industry referrals.

Education

Education
Sep 1987 - Sep 1989

B.A.

University of Southern California

Skills

Skills

Various - See Below

leader,it executive,cio,it architect,business process improvement,revenue builder,business process improver,it leader,program and project management,enterprise application devt & infrastructure,budgeting,p&l mgmt,solutions marketing,business development,out-of-box thinker,self starter,customer service,sales,active listener,customer loyalty,technical support,program development,vendor partnerships,entrepreneurial,financial mgmt,mentor,office mgmt, administrative skillsets,research processes,economics,business,drama,stand-up,acting,psychology,sociology,critical thinking,troubleshooter,ms office products,ms windows desktop and server operating systems,novell netware,oes,edirectory,identity management,adobe products,photoshop,illustrator,dreamweaver,flash,.net,visual studio,asp.net,sql server,oracle,crystal reports,hp,ibm,apple,html,wan,tcpip,network architecture,ms exchange,ms sharepoint,ibm websphere,ibm/lotus domino & notes,internet security,checkpoint,cisco,ironport,extreme,groupwise, dns,citrix,vmware,linux,cissp,itil,soa,apache,ldap,mobile broadband - cdma,wi-fi,community broadband,consumer electronics,home technology design,energy management,leed,solar electricity,alternative energy,lamp,jd edwards,real estate,construction,property management,legal,high-tech,bio-tech,financial