Ron Van Volkenburgh

  • Fort Worth TX

Software Development Innovator and Entrepreneur

Work History

Work History
Jan 2014 - Present

Manager of Emerging Technologies

CASH AMERICA INTERNATIONAL, INC

Direct an innovative team of software engineers and professionals in the development of cutting-edge solutions, including mobile apps, RFID, Bluetooth, NFC, and other technologies. Administer a $1.5MM R&D budget.

  • Drove the development of the first mobile app targeting iOS and Android, allowing customers to check the status of their loans and layaway, as well as receive alerts and promotional messages.
  • Identified new technology to allow a pawnbroker to interact with a customer in any store nationwide.
    • Utilized cellular, gyroscope, GPS, and tablet technologies to enable a “virtual agent” to maneuver through the store and offer assistance.
  • Instrumental in building a digital online catalog, showcasing items for sale nationwide.
  • Completed a 45-day field project to research technological advancements in the retail industry for use in pilot stores.
    • Analyzed stores who have adopted new and emerging technologies to enhance the customer experience and streamline employee productivity. 
    • i.e. how AT&T is using iPads for their customer experience and POS, Rooms-to-Go uses tablets to streamline the purchasing process, etc.
Jan 2007 - Jan 2014

Webmaster and Manager of Web Applications

CASH AMERICA INTERNATIONAL, INC

Led internal and external website development to support 48+ production websites. Supervised vendor and offshore resources, while working collaboratively with other company departments. Managed a $1MM budget. 

  • Managed an 18-month project to rebuild the intranet, supporting 6,000+ employees internationally.
  • Saved the company $350k by identifying network and user issues after field research.
  • Helped facilitate 10%+ annual growth rate in sales and loan revenue through optimization of websites vs. the retail industry average of less than 15%.
  • Helped build a mobile app to identify products for sale in nearby stores based on a picture of the barcode.
  • Led the team and subject matter experts in building a new website to serve stores in Mexico.
  • Actively managed the redesign and development efforts for the Learning and Development application, earning multiple awards nationally.
  • Grew team from one developer to seven in a 6-year period.
1997 - 2006

Director of Data Architecture and Software Engineering

WESTERN UNION

Oversaw software application improvements and enhancements, allowing call centers to accept payment over the phone or through websites. Led R&D into newer and better technologies in support of the platform. Administered a budget of $1.2MM+.

  • Pioneered Electronic Funds Transfer (“EFT”) software and managed the team that supported enhancements and maintenance for an internationally recognized desktop automation software package.
  • Designed and built an easy-to-use GUI, incorporating interfaces for ~8 host emulators with expansion modules for additional interfaces.
  • Designed and wrote Software Developer Toolkits (SDK’s) and Application Programmer Interfaces (API’s).
  • Co-owned patents: “Device and Method to Conceal Customer Information” and “Method to electronically collect and route consumer financial payments” with the company.
  • Technical papers published in Software Developer Journal.
  • Gave keynote speech at multiple Global Western Union conferences and events.

Education

Education

Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

California State University at Northridge

Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

El Camino College

Skills

Skills

Areas of Expertise 

§  Software Development §  System Architecture §  Strategic Analysis & Planning §  Process Improvements §  Budgeting & Cost Control §  Agile/Scrum Methodologies §  Software Development Lifecycle §  Vendor Relationships §  Communication Skills

IDEs

Visual Studio 2003 – 2013, Visual Café, and JBuilder

Languages

C#, Visual Basic 3 - 6, Visual Basic.NET, JavaScript, AngularJS, JQuery, HTML & CSS, HTML5 & CSS3, JSON, J++, Java, Turbo Pascal, Turbo C, EMS/CFG, C++, dBASE III, dBASE IV, and Clipper, ISPF/PC, COBOL, COBOL/2, SNOBOL, Assembler, Fortran, Basic

Frameworks

.NET 1.0 - 4.5, WebSphere, Responsive

Services

ADO.NET, SOAP, OOP, XAML, and XML

Databases

SQL Server 6.5, SQL Server 2000 - 2014, Oracle 8i – 10g, Microsoft Access, MSDE 1.0 - 2000, DB2, Micro Focus XDB

Graphic Design

Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, PageMaker

Operating Systems

Windows Enterprise 2013 Server, Windows 2012 Datacenter Server, Windows Server 2008 R2/2000/7/NT, Windows 2003 Enterprise Server, Citrix WinFrame, and Citrix MetaFrame, Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows XP, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 95, Windows 3.x, and DOS

Platforms

Team Foundation Server, SharePoint 2007 /2010/2013, Sitefinity 3 – 7, IIS 5 – 7.5, Solaris, Tandem, Unix, Xenix, Microsoft Azure Cloud, Amazon Cloud, and RackSpace Cloud services