Work History

Work History
Apr 2010 - Present

Technical Design Manager

Bloomberg BNA

Mobile

  • Leading the mobile development effort at Bloomberg BNA and acting as primary designer and project manager for all of Bloomberg BNA's mobile applications.
  • Developing designs to retrofit existing designs to work properly in a mobile environment.
  • Helping push the knowledge of how to build for a mobile environment.

Web

  • Developing designs for applications that fall outside the scope of normal development.
  • Assisting with the adoption of technologies such as jQuery into Bloomberg BNA's development toolkit.
  • Developing reusable designs.

Marketing

  • Assisting marketing with our mobile development push.
Jul 2007 - Present

Consultant/Principal

QEDMethods
  • Management of the development of a LAMP based e-procurement system for a project funded by the World Bank.
  • Website development for a specialty motorcycle dealer in Sterling Virginia.
  • Developed XML solutions, data structure analysis and data transforms in support of the American Library Association.  Consulted on Website/Portal architecture for one of IMT’s internal websites.
  • Developed a process to automate news feeds being received by Keesings from the BBC
Nov 2008 - Apr 2010

Technical Design Consultant - Special Projects

BNA
  • Mobile Platform Research/Design - iPhone, BlackBerry, Kindle, etc...
  • Widget Design and Development
  • Researching the and suggesting methods of implementing TinyURL-like based solution.
  • Consulting on the use of Twitter, Facebook and other Social Media sites for professional delivery of information.
  • Leading design efforts on iPhone and other Mobile devices.
  • Designing and Developing prototypes for Kindle
  • Developing ADA/Section 508 Guidelines.
  • Developing SEO Guidelines.
  • Working on the Taxonomy team researching search engine capabilities for handling Taxonomy and Thesaurus based indexing and searching.
  • Researching alternative methods of video hosting.
  • Redesigning portions of existing internet publishing websites to employ modern design techniques and to simplify the user interface.
  • Working on Special Projects that require both technical, business and process knowledge.
  • Develop Whitepapers on ADA, SEO, Customer Feedback methodology.
  • Develop design specifications for use with development staff.
  • Reviewing RSS Requirements.
Nov 2007 - Mar 2008

Project Manager - Consultant

CSC
  • Worked closely with CSC and USCIS (US Customs and Immigration Service) staff to better understand requirements needed to define the life cycle.
  • Managed both directly and indirectly a team of over 30 developers, business analysts, architects, database administrators, and network administrators.
  • Actively participated in hiring and firing decisions.
  • Documented the specific milestones and delivered a highly detailed life cycle to minimize risk and lag time.
  • Analyzed risks that impacted development and suggested methods to increase the productivity of the development team.
Jan 1991 - Jul 2007

Director of Operations

GVPi

2005 – 2007Director of Operations

  • Implemented Kayako SupportSuite to allow the GVPi help desk to more effectively track support issues and maintain a knowledge base for known issues.This allowed a Tier I support technician to handle 90% of cases, many of which were previously forwarded to development.
  • Planned and installed a VOIP system that allowed remote workers to use the GVPi phone system and saved GVPi several thousand dollars a year in phone usage.
  • Implemented server-based software to better manage servers and to be notified of any potential issues before they became critical.
  • Managed all development.
  • Managed all internet connectivity within GVPi.
  • Managed hosting facility for GVPi.
  • Minimized risk within GVPi by enforcing the sharing of process knowledge within GVPi.

2000 – 2005Director of Research and Development

  • Managed all development efforts within GVPi.This required managing multiple small to large internet implementations and maintaining adequate knowledge of each application.
  • Extended development methodology to streamline repetitive events and allow the customer to publish information without developer involvement.
  • Worked directly with customer in design requirements and as initial contact to help insulate the development team from the customer.
  • Researched alternative delivery methods, including WAP and Acrobat.

1995 – 2000Manager of Research and Development

  • Developed GVPi hosting service.
  • Implemented a content management solution for use within the GVPi hosting service.
  • Managed all development efforts within GVPi.
  • Managed design and development of SecureCenter and AlertCenter tools for use in GVPi’s hosting service.
  • Developed and standardized methods within GVPi to automate processing of customer information.This allowed fewer developers to work more effectively on more applications.

1991 – 1995Lead Developer

  • Developed CD-ROM based search applications.
  • Analyzed data and worked with customers to help provide better products.
  • Wrote applications to programmatically process data.
  • Researched methods to better install applications.
Mar 1990 - Dec 1990

Publishing Developer

Folio Corporation

 Manager of Publishing Services

  • Acted as direct contact for publishers using the Folio software.
  • Provided customer support to the publishers using Folio software.

Software Testing

  • Tested Folio Views application along with several tools to support Views.Many of the tools required me to give specific input that affected the design of the product.In this role I was known for the creative and completely out-of-the-box testing methods employed to test the applications.
  • Acted as test lead for the Folio development tool FSR.This required learning the full-text regular expression language used by FSR and suggesting to the developer ways to optimize the tool.
  • Acted as technical lead on documentation for Views 2.0 product.

Code Analyst

  • Reviewed and optimized existing source code within the publishing services group.
  • Developed tools for publishing services group.

Education

Education
Sep 1983 - Jun 1989

Bachelor of Sciences

http://www.byu.edu

Degree in Mathematics (emphasis in Theoretical Mathematics), also pursued interests in both sciences (Astronomy/Archeology/Computer Science) and humanities (French/Logic/General Humanities).

Skills

Skills

Mobile Development

At BNA I was given the responsibility for develop their mobile effort.  In this area I have become more like BNA's mobile evangelist in that I encourage the various BNA publishing groups to develop mobile applications.   In this position I have also spoken at the 2010 SIPA Conference in Miami and the 2011 Gilbane Conference in Boston.

Air Guitar

I just wanted to be a rockstar at something :).

Humor

OK, I don't think I'm that funny, but people around me think I am.  I think it's more due to the fact that I love life and the people around me, than to being actually funny.

Bicycle Riding

While I'm no Lance Armstrong, I'm also not riding a Huffy.  I prefer riding mountains to hills and much prefer riding hills to riding either into a headwind or riding flat roads (flat roads bore me, I need to have a challenge).  Despite what most people think, I don't ride up mountains so I can come back down fast, I ride up mountains because it's difficult, I come down fast due to gravity.

Realizing the Box Doesn't Need to Exist

Personally I believe many of the great and simple answers are located in the box and are ignored for that reason.  A few years back I decided the "box" posed a boundry for me that I didn't want to exist, so I got rid of it.

Out of the Box Thinking

In college I was told by a professor of Mathematics that he liked to save my work for last.  He had 13 students in a theoretical math class, he said that 12 of the students gave text book proofs, exactly what he was expecting, when it came to that last student, which was me, he said that reading the proof was exciting, because the proof was not text book at all, instead it was creative and exciting.

Customer Skills

Ability to expertly manage the customer and their expectations.  Ability to translate what the customer wants into language that the developers can understand and to communicate complex technical concepts into language the customer can understand.

SGML/XML

Extensive knowledge of SGML/XML processing.  Use of Omnimark as an SGML/XML development tool.  Past experience has included DTD development, data analysis, SGML/XML processing to a presentation based markup, such as HTML.

Network Management/Architect

Developed Network Architecture for GVPi hosting center.  Mentored the Security Lead at CSC in how the CSC based network we were using was set up and how security needed to be reviewed.

Workflow Automation

18 years of experience in developing processes to eliminate human interaction in the processing of data for electronic publishing.  Assisted CSC in lessons I learned to help streamline some of their data warehouse systems.

Electronic Publishing

18 years of electronic publishing experience.  I worked on the first professional e-publishing products to use CD-ROMs and the Internet.  I have been developing internet based sites and portals since 1995.

Systems Architect

Development and design of systems that securing data within an electronic publishing site.  Some of the data was secured to the document level.

Project Manager

I have been managing development teams and projects since before 1995.  Some of the projects were simple, some were very complex, all had the same thing in common, the need to understand how to pick up new concepts and to properly manage people.