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For those of you wishing to really understand my business history, you've come to the right place.
This page covers my history at each of my employers in great detail. I hope it provides a more detailed picture of my career than my short resume.
If have any further questions about me, please let me know through the contact page.
Major Short-Term Lending Companies, Chief Architect, 2003-Present
- Designed, developed, and managed technology infrastructure of a major short-term
lender I developed a large portion of the architecture and systems that automate daily operations. Internally, the companies are highly
automated. This level of automation allows for a minimal amount
of staff to manage a huge volume of business with the maximum level of
quality. All aspects of the business are integrated and
interconnected. A centralized architecture allows
seamless staff, customer, and management interaction.
- Supervised automation of critical systems, facilitating large
gains in total staff efficiency
I designed the primary business systems that allow Military and Magnum
to function. They manage all the regulatory aspects of
the business, such as loan disclosure compliance. The systems are
held to the highest standards of reliability, as it is impossible to
run the businesses without them. The systems are comprehensive enough
to control the flow of work and information throughout the office,
allowing the staff to focus on our customers.
- Designed complex financial control systems to manage lending
The financial control infrastructure at Military Financial / Magnum Cash Advance is
crucial to conduction business in a legal and sustainable
manner. The systems in place are capable of producing fully
compliant disclosures, paperwork, and audit documentation.
- Leveraged technology to provide a a higher standard of customer
service with minimal staff expansion
Customer service is critical to any organization, especially
so in the financial sector. A comprehensive system manages most of the
mundane tasks (such as sending collection letters, disclosure
receipts, data security, backups, status inquiries, physical security,
financial transactions, etc.), which allows the staff
to handle only the customer-oriented and strategic tasks.
MediGraph Physical Therapy Software, Chief Developer, 2000-Present (Officer)
- Created, developed, and maintained a shrink-wrapped medical
database system from inception to maturity
I joined the MediGraph team back when the product was nothing more
than sketches in the margins of a few medical text books. We
wanted to develop a documentation product that would allow physical
therapists to concentrate on their patients, not on tedious
documentation requirements. We spent three years developing
MediGraph from the ground up. In September, 2003, MediGraph was
released to the world. MediGraph has had several revisions and
upgrades since that time, and in used in over 500 clinics nationwide.
- Automated many internal procedures, such as contact management,
scheduling, billing, and staff interaction
The internals of MediGraph are fully automated. This allows our
staff to concentrate on our customers. We pride ourselves on
outstanding customer service and support. A highly automated
back-office allows us to focus on the customer-oriented tasks.
- Managed several developers, projects, and facilities
MediGraph was a big project. The flagship product includes
over 300 medical studies, and weighs in at nearly 350,000 lines of
code. It took a lot of coordination to bring it to market.
I oversaw most of the operational aspects of MediGraph's evolution.
- Supervised Technical Support and Quality Assurance (Post-Production Groups)
Superior customer service and support is what sets MediGraph apart
in the marketplace. We made it a point to actively pursue high
quality after the product had been released.
W-Lok Corporation, Design Engineer, 1998-2000
- Designed and modified high security locking systems
W-Lok was a designer and manufacturer of high-security stainless
steel locking systems. I worked as the lead design engineer in
the United States. With my background in locksmithing and
physical security, I helped W-Lok to modify existing designs to
facilitate quality and reliability.
- Extensive product prototyping, specialty in thermoplastic casting
W-Lok did not have stainless casting facilities in the United
States. Most of my prototypes were made in our machine shop, or
cast using thermoplastic resins. I gained a lot of experience in
rapid prototyping while making design modifications.
- Automated/integrated internal procedures, such as inventory,
sales, support, billing, etc.
Since our products were unique, we needed a unique tracking system
to handle them. I built an integrated system that would handle
all aspects of our business. It allowed us to track a product
from the assembly facility through end-user support many years later.
BLS Security Solutions, Sole Proprietor, 1997-2000
- Designed large security plans, including masterkey systems,
employed forensic locksmithing skills
Many of my large clients needed complex secuity and access control
systems to adequately protect their facilities.
- Used knowledge of security and software engineering to pay for my
I used my locksmithing and security skills to help pay for my
college tuition. I established a small security service company
in the Rochester, NY area during my college years. I
concentrated in commercial and industrial clients where possible.
- Proficient in over 20 computer languages
Throughout my travels, I have written code for nearly every
platform in nearly every language. In recent years, my efforts
have focused on business applications, specifically on database
systems. The systems that I have created most recently have been
financial and medical in nature, but also reach out into other
disciplines such as internet connectivity, encryption, and
cross-platform interaction. Most of my recent work has been
using VB.Net, C#, Visual Basic, and Access (VBA). Previously, I
worked with Perl, C++, PHP, Java, and many other lanuages.
- Experienced in web development and web server administration
I've spent a lot of time working with various web-technologies. I've developed
several active sites, both within my primary fields, and also personally.
My primary goals in web development are the abstraction of content from presentation,
and the abstraction of rules from structure. My
specialty has always been in intelligent, database driven
websites. I prefer ASP.Net over other languages for these
tasks; but I have worked with traditional ASP, Perl, PHP, and Java.
- Experienced with many database systems, such as ,
SQL Server, Oracle, mySQL, Access, and others
Since most of my projects have been very "business-centric",
I have had a lot of exposure to database
systems. Many of the "shrink-wrapped" products that I
have sold have used the Jet/Access database engine because of its low
maintenance requirements. Many of our "large database"
internal systems have been built using Oracle, mySQL, or SQL
- Experienced in all phases of software development, emphasis on
database and business systems
I have had an interesting career path. Since I have had
exposure to both "shrink-wrapped" products and
"in-house" products, I have seen the entire development
cycle. I have been involved in projects from the first sketches
until the maintenance revisions many years later. A lot of
experience can be gained supporting applications that are absolutely
critical to business operations.
- Extensive experience with Microsoft Office software integration projects
Integrating custom products with standard Microsoft Office
components has proven invaluable. It allows us to leverage the
existing skills that users bring to the workplace. Through many
projects, I have gained the ability to seamlessly integrate and
leverage familiar products such as Word, Excel, Outlook, and
PowerPoint to maximum business advantage.
- Experience with managing several projects, developers, and
Management is critical to project success. I have learned
this from both ends of the ladder. Motivating your team and
setting appropriate goals can make a world of difference on your
project. I have had experience in large projects and small, and
found that team-integration is crucial.
- Background in server / network security and administration
Although I have done development and management in recent years, I
still become involved in the logistics of how environments work.
I have background administering many types of platforms and security
- Linux / Unix / Solaris / VMS / Mac experience
Since I moved frequently in my earlier years, I had exposure to
many diverse systems. It is good to be familiar with everything
that's out there. I spent a large amount of time managing Linux
and Solaris systems during my college years.
- Background in data modeling / data analysis
Data analysis is critical to a small business. In small
business, you need to know what your situation is, so that you
can make changes as necessary. Data is not information until you
understand it. Information is not knowledge until you can use it
to your benefit.
- Working knowledge of financial and medical sectors
My career has kept me active in both the financial and medical
sectors of business. I have working knowledge of lending laws,
collections practices, HIPAA guidelines, and medical practice
- Thomas Edison State College, Trenton, NJ
Thomas Edison State College is where my college odyssey
concluded. I had an interesting idea regarding college: I
did not want to pay for it. I nearly achieved it. I
managed to get my various employers to pay for six out of eight
semesters of college. Although it did require a lot of moving, I
would certainly do it again. Thomas Edison is a wonderful
school, especially because they were willing to accept a student with
over 100 credits in his pocket. You would be very surprised how
few schools want a student that will not be paying 2+ years of
tuition. Finally, something good that comes from New Jersey.
- Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
RIT was the first of my many colleges. I began attending RIT in
the fall of 1998. I had not yet graduated from Hill, but I felt
it was time to move on to college. I began my studies in the
Computer Engineering department. I spent two years working hard
at RIT before I was offered the position at W-Lok. I left RIT
and transferred to a college local to the W-Lok headquarters.
- The Hill School, Pottstown, PA
I enrolled in the Hill School in the fall of 1994. I was
accepted into the second form (eighth grade) class. Hill was an
incredible school and gave me more than just an education. I
received my first formal introduction to engineering and computers
during these years. The Hill School also gave me an incredible
opportunity. With the help of the school, I managed to gain
entrance to RIT having only completed fifth form (11th grade).
Through a deal between RIT and Hill, I returned after my freshman year
in college to graduate with my high school class. This extra
year gave me a great advantage with my future college career.