I enjoy writing code. Much of my professional background is in 3GL programming and database design and 4GL programming. Lately, I have been dabbling in website development with PHP, HTML5, and CSS3. I am also into genealogical research and writing and the necessary task of organizing it all.
I have been Webmaster of the LifeStyle Group website since the company began in 2004, originally written in HTML5, CSS3, and PHP. The site currently runs under a contemporary Content Management System and is optimized for mobile devices.
My professional IT background is in programming and database maintenance for collegiate student records and medical auditing. In both cases, the hardware platforms were Digital Equipment Corporation VAX and Alpha machines. Sadly, the buyout of DEC by HP has led to the demise of this reliable technology!
I am also part of the PC world, having used Windows-based machines since the 1990s at home for internet access, email, bookkeeping and social media. Microsoft Word and Excel are my favorite tools. I have formal training in Microsoft subject areas and am certified as a Microsoft Certified Professional Plus Internet.
As Vice President of LifeStyle Group, I have responsibility for all computer networking, internet and telephone connectivity, and website operations. Anything that has a wire connected to it has my attention!
I am directly involved in the operations of LifeStyle Applied Business Solutions (LABS). Much of my time is occupied as a QuickBooks professional for LABS. Besides handling bookkeeping for our companies, I also help clients with bookkeeping, payroll, and reporting to State and Federal Governments.
If you like my work and would like to discuss working together on something similar, please get in touch through the contact link above!
2004 - present
LifeStyle Group, Inc, Houston, Texas
I am responsible for Information Technology support and infrastructure development including phones, computers, security camera, printers, software, internet and intranet connectivity. I handle bookkeeping and payroll for our companies and for clients using QuickBooks and Excel. I also provide operational support for our real estate brokerage.
2010 Apr - Sep
U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Houston, Texas
Performed routine clerical tasks required in the collection, control, review, data keying, processing, and reporting of personnel and payroll data and the administrative tasks supporting these functions. Assisted in personnel operations of the office by processing personnel actions, affecting appointments and separations of intermittent field and office employees. Maintained personnel files and records, position description files, manuals and instruction books.
Interviewed and hired candidates for Clerk, Enumerator and Crew Leader positions, audited applicant and employee files, input and filed daily time card information, maintained hard copy and online personnel records, created and maintained Excel spreadsheets.
2009 - present
Barnes and Noble Booksellers, Houston, Texas
Shelved new inventory, maintained sales floor displays, ran cash register for routine sales, provided customer service in person and by phone to the public and to employees of other stores. Received new product and routed to sales floor, processed overstock for return to vendors.
2000 - 2007
Zebec Data Systems, Houston, Texas
Maintained software and documentation for Medicare auditing (OpenVMS BASIC, Microsoft Word, Excel, Visio). Automated and monitored Medicare data file acquisition and conversion. (OpenVMS, OpenVMS BASIC, FTP). Managed OpenVMS Systems.
1999 - 2000
Data Alliance Consultants, Houston, Texas
Contract Programmer/Analyst for Zebec Data Systems, Houston, Texas
Programmed Y2K conversions for the Outpatient Medicare Accounting and Auditing Systems written in VAX BASIC. Wrote programs to convert old data into new 4 digit year format. Maintained and performed troubleshooting as needed for the same systems. Developed and programmed procedures in OpenVMS (DCL) for automated monitoring and loading of data received daily from clients.
1998 - 2000
E. W. L. Cybernetics, Galveston and Houston, Texas
Consultant for Galveston College, Galveston, Texas
Programmed extensions to the Student Information System in FOCUS and VAX BASIC. Performed VAX/VMS troubleshooting.
1985 - 1998
Galveston College, Galveston, Texas
Manager of Information Resources for Administrative Systems (1990 1998)
Developed databases with FOCUS, wrote and maintained all supporting FOCUS programs for the College's Student Information System. Trained staff on Student Information System software. Identified and addressed Y2K issues in FOCUS software and data files. Served as VAX/VMS System Administrator for Local Area VAXCluster: Installed software and system updates, tuned systems, created batch and print queues, created and maintained user accounts, performed periodic disk checks and purges, performed troubleshooting of systems and peripherals, resolved problems or called in DEC support as necessary. Established and maintained Internet connectivity. Served as first webmaster and developed College Web site in text level HTML, later with Netscape Communicator. Trained staff and faculty on basic web page authoring. Assisted Journalism and Humanities faculty members in setting up the first Internet based courses in the state of Texas. Provided system level support to Business Office with ABT Campus financial software. Wrote programs to extract and transfer data among all the different software systems. Assisted users with general troubleshooting of hardware and software.
Programmer/Analyst (Aug 1985 - 1990)
Programmed in FOCUS, BASIC2, VAX BASIC and QuickBASIC. Administered VAX/VMS system, assisted users.
Programmer Trainee/User Assistant (Feb Aug 1985)
Programmed in BASIC2, assisted users.
1984 - 1992
Hempel Service and Supply, Inc., Galveston, Texas
Designed and maintained invoicing, inventory control and job cost record programs.
1984 - 1985
Tandy Corporation (now extinct), Galveston and Houston, Texas
Customer Training and Support Specialist
Installed and oriented users to computer hardware and software systems; helped troubleshoot customers' problems by phone.
Galveston Independent School District, Galveston, Texas
Taught freshman Biology, substituted for science, math and business classes.
1980 - 1982
TXO Production Company (now Marathon Oil Company), Corpus Christi, Texas
Generated oil and natural gas development drilling prospects in South Texas.
1978 - 1980
CONOCO, Inc. (now CONOCOPHILLIPS), Houston, Texas and Lake Charles, Louisiana
Studied regional Gulf Coast geology, supervised well logging operations offshore Louisiana.
Real Estate Salesperson License (inactive) - Texas Real Estate Commission
Microsoft Certified Professional + Internet
May, July 1998
Microsoft Certified Professional (#1023615) - WindowsNT Server 4, TCP/IP
Jan - May 1998
126 hours of classroom training towards Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) designation, CompUSA.
1983 - 1984
post graduate study - Accounting, Computer Science, Management Information Systems, University of Houston
Master of Science - Geological Sciences, University of Southern California
Bachelor of Science (magna cum laude) - Geology, University of Houston
Rhodes Scholarship nominee (1971,1972)
Academic Scholarship - Union Oil Company (1970 - 1973)
Phi Kappa Phi - National Honor Society (1971)
Sigma Gamma Epsilon - National Earth Sciences Honor Society (1971)
Phi Eta Sigma - National Freshman Honor Society (1969)