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Work Experience

Digital Finesse, McLean, VA
June, 2004 through Present and September, 1985 through September, 2002
Solo practitioner who provides project and program management, management consulting, business process development, research, training, writing and related product development, technical and marketing services. Establish, expand and maintain long term client relationships. Quote and manage numerous short and long-term projects from start to finish. Currently working as a solo consultant, but have hired, trained, mentored and led employees in the past while meeting payroll, marketing, negotiating contracts, servicing clients, and managing profitability. Have in-depth experience in product development and support, management, software (including code development and test), computer networking, telecommunications, CATV, digital video, interactive TV, semiconductor design and applications, system design, computer storage, railway electronic and pneumatic systems, ISO 9001, industrial and hazardous waste furnaces.

XtremeSpectrum Inc./Motorola, Inc., Vienna, VA
September, 2002 through June, 2004
Title:Senior Program Manager
Filled various management roles at a producer of fabless ultra-wideband (UWB) wireless chipsets. Managed relationship with joint venture partner developing miniaturized UWB filters, antennas and OEM module. Oversaw creation and maintenance of a suite of OEM chipset and software development kit documentation, as well as requirements documents and test specifications. Created IBIS models. Managed export and delivery to overseas customers of software, IC samples and evaluation systems. Also handled design reviews, layout, fabrication, contract assembly and in-house debugging of both PC boards and evaluation systems. Company acquired by Motorola in November, 2003 then spun off as part of Freescale Semiconductor.

Various Business Entities, California and Maryland
August, 1988 through Present
Purchase, renovate, manage and sell real property as investments between consulting gigs. See the Engagements page on this Web site for additional details.

Verticom Inc., Sunnyvale, CA
February, 1982 through June, 1984
Title:Member of the Technical Staff and Marketing Manager
A founder of and then consultant to this computer peripherals producer. Designed and debugged hardware, setup and maintained Unix software development environment and developed code, supported customers, hired and supervised staff, managed vendors. Wrote and produced journal articles, documentation and brochure copy. Managed trade show participation and PR firms, defined corporate image and delivered conference presentations.

Zilog Inc., Campbell, CA
August, 1980 through February, 1982
Title:Hardware Design Engineer/Project Leader for Z8 Shrinks
Enhanced performance and reduced cost of single-chip microcontroller. Designed circuits, ran simulations, supervised layout, managed vendors and in-house layout department, debugged IC's, wrote test programs.


University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA. MS EECS, 1980
Major Field:IC's and Computers. GPA 3.65/4.0
Master's Project:Designed and wrote C and assembler code to create an IC lithography system from a scanning electron microscope.

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. GPA: 3.76/4.0
Studied physics, electrical engineering and computer science to prepare for graduate studies in electrical engineering and computer science.

Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont. B.A. Political Science, 1976


Operating Systems: Windows XP/7/Server, Linux, Macintosh
Protocols: SCSI, Fibre Channel, MPEG, TCP/IP, Ethernet
International Standards: ISO 9001:2015
Computer Languages: Java, C++, Visual Basic, Assembly, XML, HTML
Hardware Design Experience: Z8, Z80, NMOS VLSI, ASIC
Applications Software: Microsoft Office & Visio, Robohelp, Adobe Acrobat, FrameMaker, AutoCAD, Perforce, SourceSafe, PVCS Tracker, Bugzilla
International Standards: ISO 9001:2015

Additional Software: Tivoli Provisioning Manager, Nagios

Additional Experience

Real Estate Development & Management Purchase, renovate, manage and sell real property as investments between consulting gigs. See Engagements tab for additional information.


American Arbitration Association: Arbitrated contract disputes as a member of the AAA Commercial Panel of arbitrators.

Dogpatch Neighborhood Association:, San Francisco, CA
A leader of a neighborhood-based effort that successfully established the first new San Francisco City historic district in more than twenty years. Convinced the Dogpatch Neighborhood Association to hire an architectural historian to survey cultural resources (buildings) then worked with and managed that historian's efforts to produce documentation required for the historic designation. Instrumental in forming a 501(c)(3) corporation to raise funds used to pay for the historical survey and participated in fundraising efforts. Assisted with San Francisco City and Trust for Public Land negotiations. Wrote and published newspaper articles detailing the progress of the historic district certification efforts.

Writing and Public Relations: Have written and placed many technical and non-technical articles in Byte, Electronic Design, Computer Systems News, Hemispheres, American Way, France, etc.

County Avionics, Coatesville, PA.
Managed shop that repaired and installed avionics in general aviation aircraft.

Hewlett-Packard, Santa Rosa, CA.
Simulated bipolar circuits for the spectrum analyzer R&D group.

Conestoga Vineyards, Birchrunville, PA.
Managed pruning crews and grape processing during harvest in family-owned vineyard and winery. Racked, fined and bottled wine.

Patents, Licenses, Certifications and Continuing Education

US Patents  9,409,290 & 9,744,673 - Gripper for Manipulating Planar Workpiece

ITIL 2011 Foundation Certification
Java Fast Track Program, UC Berkeley
General Contractor's License, Class A, Classification HIC, State of Virginia
Maryland Home Improvement Contractor's License, Contractor/Salesman
Private Pilot License, Single Engine Land

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