Work History

Work History

Consultant

Coleman Research Group

Consulted for companies in my areas of expertise.

Aug 1989 - Present

Senior Programmer Analyst

http://www.genworth.com

I have been at the same company since August 1989.  When I first became employed we were Life of Virginia.  In 1996 we were purchased by General Electric and became know as GE Financial Assurance.  In 2004 we were spun off by GE and became known as Genworth Financial Assurance.

  • I started my career here in the Underwriting Department, handling both internal and external IRS Section 1035 Exchanges.
  • In 1993 I moved to the Premium Accounting Department.
  • In 1995 I took a position in IT working in conjunction with the Product Development Department.  There my main role was as a software tester, primarily testing the annuity and life illustration systems.  In that position I also designed the illustration outputs and User Interfaces.  I was responsible for creating our new illustration system based on the WinFlex system from Ebix Exchange (then known as United Systems).
  • In 2000 I became a Senior Developer on our illustration systems, building on my experience and skills in my previous role as a  tester.

Since being in this role, I have really blossomed and expanded on my original job description.  I have innovated in order to provide my customers and co-workers with solutions to allow them to do their jobs with greater accuracy, efficiency, and at the same time saving time, resources and money.  Some examples of this are:

  • Designed and built and automated,  compliance approved process for our New York Reg. 60 processors.
  • Created an automated testing application that enabled our illustration software testing team to quickly and accurately provide much needed regression testing capabilities.
  • Custom designed an application to rapidly fill and produce annuity applications for  large blocks of business.  One block resulted in a $35MM premium total.
  • Provided automated tools for our sales teams and other home office users to be able to perform the intricacies and exceptions of their jobs with no interruption or manual intervention.
  • Successfully built an "eBrochure" system into our current Illustration Software platform that saved hundreds of thousands of dollars, eliminated our dependence on 3 outside vendors, provided an enhanced user experience to our users, and greatly reduced our development and testing time.

In short, I have strived to provide whatever is needed in order for my company to succeed and for my users and customers to have the tools necessary to do their jobs.  I am constantly on the "prowl" for new and better ways to do my job, and to utilize new and better technologies to do so.

Dec 1988 - May 1989

Manager

Rachel's Childrens Boutique

Manager responsible for 6 person sales force and daily operations of retail store.

Oct 1987 - Dec 1988

Sales Agent

Life and Health Insurance agent responsible for lead generation and sales.

Education

Education
Aug 1990 - Dec 1991

Studied statistics in evening college. Had a 4.0 GPA.

Apr 1985 - Mar 1987

Kol Yaakov

Continued my religious training/studies.

Aug 1982 - Jan 1985

Ohr Somayach

Studied and excelled in a school for those with little or no previous Orthodox Jewish learning.

Aug 1981 - Mar 1982

Brandeis University

Studied Computer Science, had a 3.8 GPA.

Skills

Skills

VB.NET

Created several annuity testing programs used in our team, that enabled me to learn VB.NET.

Insurance and Annuities

This encompasses my more than 20 years of work in the industry, from many different levels and perspectives.

Adobe FLEX/AIR

Learning as I go, self taught, I have created several high quality prototypes and proofs of concepts to be used in my current role in conjunction with our illustration systems.  FLEX and AIR are very exciting and I would love to be more involved in these technologies as part of my work duties.

MS Products

Although I am now a huge proponent of Open Source software, I have a huge amount of  experience and expertise in many MS products and technologies including:   Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Word, Access, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, Visual Basic 6, Networking, Hardware, Wireless, etc.  

Amyuni PDF

Used in the creating and filling of the applications for our illustration systems.

Adobe PDF/FDF

Extensive use of PDF and FDF technologies; utilizing these in order to encode and prefill the applications used in our insurance and annuity illustration systems.

Technical Support and Hardware

Although not part of my original job description, technical support for our internal wholesalers, internal servicing staff, and our external sales force has become a big part of my role.  This is because of my expertise and excellent service and responsiveness.  People prefer to call me rather than the "official" help desk support.    Starting with just parts, I have designed, built, and maintained many computer systems, installing and configuring Linux operating systems, and setting up various networking and wireless technologies.

Visual Basic 6.0

Used in my primary responsibilities in my current role.

Linux/Open Source

I have run and enjoyed Linux since 2002.  I am completely self taught, and have become extremely advanced.  I have modified and compiled kernels, have excellent wired and wireless networking skills.  I have used, installed, and customized many different Linux distributions. Here is a sample of the Linux and Open Source systems and applications I have experience with:   Suse, Fedore, Red Hat, Ubuntu/Kubuntu/Mint/Debian, Mandrake, The Gimp, Firefox, Thunderbird, Open Office, Apt, Eclipse, CUPS, etc.