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Project management is my passion, and I have experience with a diverse portfolio of operations and technologies.  From life science research project management to telecom, I have a rich background in managing projects.  Along with technical project management, I have significant experience managing large-scale operations requiring constant attention to high service levels and detailed processes.  My record also reflects demonstrated success in creating collaborative environments, both internally and externally.


I am currently exploring opportunities that match my skills and knowledge with the needs of biotechnology companies.  I have extensive experience in program / project management, research and development, designing innovative solutions for complex products, developing highly productive teams and managing proprietary biotechnologies.





Lifting weights/workouts


Learning new things (starting on Six Sigma)

Work experience

Jan 2007Present

Project/Program Manager


Directly responsible for managing custom telecommunication implementation projects for medium to large businesses to include large hotels, casinos and manufacturing plants. Effectively administer projects from inception through deployment as well as activities including developing project plans, interfacing with internal and external customers, stakeholder analysis, and execution of project. Proficiently performed project management within larger team structures as well as the sole project manager. Utilized a combination of Project Management Institute methodology with in-house organizational assets. Sharpen development team into highly motivated, self-managed unit. Skilled at completing projects on time and within budget. Ensure project remains on track for compliance with organizational goals. Develop and foster interdepartmental relationships, streamlining the exchange of information between clients and development personnel.

Jul 2006Jan 2007

Project Engineer

Sierra Construction

Managed RFP processes for large construction projects (large retail and lease space) as well as renovation projects from inception to completion. Accounted for customer needs analysis, rfp for contractors, management of contractors, customer communication, and final acceptance of work. Developed and implemented strategic plans for the consolidation of project timelines and meeting of commitments. Spearheaded and implemented enhanced processes, resulting in increased knowledge sharing and strong interdepartmental relations.

Oct 2001Jan 2006

Director-Hub Operations

SkyWest Airlines

Managed all facets of operations for customer service and flight line departmentís at large regional airline hub facility. Accounted for managing regulatory compliance initiatives involving Transportation Security Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration. Directed daily operations to ensure optimal compliance with standard operating procedures, customer service, internal auditing and industry regulations at all times for second largest hub in the corporation. Designed and implemented programs to cultivate positive employee relations and conducted recruiting and human resource initiatives including leaves of absence and workmanís compensation to maximize productivity. Built and maintained strong business relationships with various internal departments, compliance representatives as well as major partners to enhance business development opportunities. Created and integrated new policies and standard operating procedures to streamline customer service initiatives throughout the operation. Reviewed regular financial and operations reports composed by 10 managers to authorize spending on equipment, expenses, payroll advances and other purchasing needs.

Feb 2000Feb 2001

Postdoctoral Fellow

Conducted in-depth research related to microbial remediation options for carbon tetrachloride contaminated vadose zone environments. Performed training initiatives to mentor junior staff, graduate, and undergraduate students, developing collaboration between the group and university partners. Developed and implemented molecular biology techniques to build an organism tracking process while constructing subsurface environment models and performing cell culturing methods. Reported all research outcomes by writing a standard laboratory notebook and associated documentation, providing project status to the department for review.

Aug 1998Feb 2000

Postdoctoral Fellow

Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory

Conceptualized the bioreactor portion of an artificially intelligent fermentation unit by constructing it utilizing the expertise of physics, engineering, chemical engineering, and software programming professionals on the team. Administered unit and artificial intelligence testing through microbiological and chemical analysis (including GC) to properly construct model environments to challenge decisions of the AI controller. Led progress for the project by partnering with senior science staff to discuss current research findings. Secured funding by formally presenting research findings in weekly seminars, persuading agencies to continue their financial support for the project, retaining nearly $2 million in funding. Tracked project progress and coordinated team efforts on concurrent projects to prepare requisitions for equipment and identify specifications for purchases. Served as liaison between the work team and departmental managers, coordinating research and project management endeavors of a multi-disciplinary team of scientists.

Aug 1996Jun 1998


J.R. Simplot Company

Developed bioremediation processes for surface and subsurface waste generated at fertilizer plants as well as the mines supplying them (specifically heavy metals contamination). Collaborated on remediation projects ranging from contaminated soils to high energy explosives remediation. Maintained and operated analytical chemistry equipment such as GC/MS, HPLC, AA, and an assortment of additional devices. Supervised up to 4 laboratory staff and mentored interns on experimental design, microbiological techniques, report writing and critical review, as well as analytical instrumentation usage and maintenance. Directed 3-4 projects concurrently, overseeing the microbiology laboratory unit and testing agricultural products to enhance business development initiatives for the sales department. Coached laboratory staff on current research methods to help bridge the gap between manufacturing and research departments, achieving a ìTeam Player of the Yearî award the first year on the job. Analyzed in-house and external data from agricultural products to facilitate increased sales generation. Compiled and synthesized research findings into reports for senior management to devise strategic sales and marketing plans.




MS Project


Project Management Professional

Project Management Institute


Karen Putty

Shawn Futterer

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