...with your whole heart

 

Brian Benjamin Smith

Objective:

To obtain an independent consulting position requiring high-quality development using Microsoft .NET technologies.

Professional Work Experience:

Legacy Institute—Teacher                                                               June 2006 – Present

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Ÿ    Served as a volunteer teacher to students from Southeast Asia , educating them about how to live and how to make a living.

Ÿ    Authored a curriculum and taught an in-depth class based on the book The Leadership Challenge, 3rd Edition by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner

Ÿ    Authored curriculums and taught The Life and Times of Jesus Christ, Beginning Computer Applications, and Music Theory. Also conducted the Legacy Choir.

LÛCRUM Incorporated—Application Architect                       July 2000 – June 2006

Cincinnati, Ohio

Consulting at American Empire Group, Insurance Application System

Ÿ    This group of insurance companies required a custom application to support their core business of writing and administering policies and claims, replacing in totality a myriad of individual systems created over many years.

Ÿ    Performed for two years as the application architect leading a team of 25 members on this $4.7 million project. The team was split between Cincinnati , Ohio and Bangalore, India .

Ÿ    Primary responsibilities included:

o     Interfacing daily with the project sponsors

o     Facilitating the requirements gathering meetings with the end users

o     Defining and communicating the vision of the project to every member of the client company, our project team, and the offshore development team

o     Supporting the project manager in the management of the project constraints and the management of the various teams

o     Ensuring that the understanding of the requirements of the system was shared between the client sponsor, the client managers, the application end-users, the system analysts, the database engineers, the application developers, the database developers, and the testing teams

Consulting at Atos Origin

Ÿ    Administered a custom four-day training class using materials from two Microsoft Official Curriculum courses.

o     2373: Programming with Microsoft Visual Basic .NET

o     2310: Developing Microsoft ASP.NET Web Applications Using Visual Studio .NET

Consulting at Disabled American Veterans, Membership Application

Ÿ    Performed for 20 months as a technical leader to design, code, and deploy a distributed web application to replace an existing mainframe program.

Ÿ    This large-scale application maintains information for memberships, magazine subscriptions, organizational units, mailing campaigns, and payments (including the processing of credit card transactions via VeriSign). It is also able to generate various reports, including billing statements, mailing labels, and various letters. This application uses multiple security models for granting permissions to resources for Internet, extranet, and intranet users.

Ÿ    Primary duties included: Designing functionality through all layers of the product, managing a team of seven developers, communicating with the management, testing, and database teams, coding application functionality as assigned, performing product builds, and deploying the product in a multi-tier environment harnessing .NET remoting.

Ÿ    The project team consisted of 15 with a user base of thousands. The ASP.NET web application was written using Visual Basic .NET, Crystal Enterprise 9, and Oracle 9i.

Consulting at SMARTworks.com

Ÿ    Performed as a senior developer to design, code, and deploy a custom-built automated deployment application. Application Center 2000 was determined to be insufficient to meet this company’s deployment needs. Every aspect of this company’s .COM product was automated at the lowest levels in order to deploy a marked build from the source management server to any target environment of clustered servers (Testing A, Testing B, Staging, and Production).

Ÿ    Primary duties included: Evaluating the feasibility of automating and extending Application Center 2000, automating Rational ClearCase, automating IIS, automating COM+ services, automating remote registry management, automating remote file system access, automating SQL Server, and troubleshooting DMZ permission issues.

Ÿ    The ASP web application was written to manage and monitor the deployments using Visual Basic and COM+ for all automation and SQL Server to store all relevant data.

Consulting at Disabled American Veterans, National Service Officer Administration

Ÿ    Performed as a senior developer to design, code, and deploy an internal web reporting application to replace an existing Microsoft Access program.

Ÿ    Primary duties included: Generating data entry screens for report data, creating criteria screens for various reports, and generating those reports.

Ÿ    The project team consisted of 7 with a user base of hundreds.

Ÿ    The ASP.NET web application was written using Visual Basic .NET and Oracle 8.

Consulting at International Paper, IPCoated.com and IPCommercialPrinting.com

Ÿ    Performed as a senior developer on a team of nine to design, code, and deploy the web sites for IP’s Coated and SC Papers division and IP’s Commercial Printing division.

Ÿ    Activities included updating the look and feel of the web site to be modern and uniform. This was aided by the creation of a single template that was used by every page in the site that was responsible for setting up the page and turning on appropriate navigational elements.

Ÿ    A major objective of the redesign was to update and streamline the functionality of the web site based on the results of user testing. This entailed major overhauls and redesign of the primary pages of the web site as well as creation of new content.

Ÿ    Technologies used include IIS 5, ASP, VBScript, JavaScript, VB 6, Microsoft Visual Interdev, Microsoft FrontPage, COM+, Transaction Server, SQL Server, and Oracle.

Consulting at Cincinnati Public Schools, Test Administration Program

Ÿ    Performed as the technical leader on a team of four to design, code, and deploy an Intranet application that assists test administrators in issuing various standardized tests, including tests for state proficiency, talented and gifted, and competency based exams.

Ÿ    Furthermore, test administrators can export information that allows them to create tracking labels, create pre-slugged bubble documents, and analyze test results.

Ÿ    Technologies used include IIS 5, ASP, VBScript, JavaScript, VB 6, and Oracle.

Consulting at Field Educational Services, FES Web Site

Ÿ    This application was designed to web-enable many of the basic tasks of a teacher: Create assignments, grade assignments, mark attendance, create incident reports, etc. This information was also made available to students and parents.

Ÿ    Performed as a senior developer on a team of eight, creating and implementing the calendar portion of the site. The calendar showed school days, holidays, assignments due, class schedules, and other information in day view, week view, and month view.

Ÿ    Technologies used include IIS 5, ASP, VBScript, JavaScript, VB 6, and SQL Server.

Consulting at Cincinnati Public Schools, Student Application Program

Ÿ    Performed as the technical leader on a team of four to design, code, and deploy an Intranet application that decentralizes the process of applying for a Magnet or Preschool program from the central office to the local schools.

Ÿ    Technologies used include IIS 4, ASP, VBScript, JavaScript, VB 6, and Oracle.

 

Ociter Enterprises—Senior Developer                                 February 2000 – July 2000

Cincinnati, Ohio

Consulting at I-DEP.com

Ÿ    Performed as the primary developer to create the program flow and database schema for this client’s web site, allowing users to register on the site.

Ÿ    Technologies used include IIS4, ASP, VBScript, JavaScript, SQL Server, and CDONTS.

 

LÛCRUM Incorporated—Developer                              October 1997 - February 2000

Cincinnati, Ohio

Consulting at Champion Paper, gotPaper Website

Ÿ    Worked on a team of 7 to build the first phase of Champion’s eCommerce web site.

Ÿ    Technologies used include IIS4, ASP, VBScript, JavaScript, SQL Server, and CDONTS.

Consulting at The Ohio River Company (ORCO)

Ÿ    Sole supporter of a custom-designed AR Application using Visual Basic 6 (and a host of custom ActiveX controls and COM components), Visual InterDev 6, ASP, VBScript, JavaScript, and SQL Server 7.

Consulting at GE Capital, Corporate Card Division

Ÿ    Responsible for conceiving, designing, and implementing a tool in Visual Basic 6.0 to automate the removal of incorrect information out of a customer’s database.

Ÿ    Mentored and advised teammates, made a myriad of code corrections, and streamlined the creation of weekly statistical reports.

Skills and Activities:

Ÿ    Extensive conference and classroom presentation and teaching skills

Ÿ    Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD) certification, 1999, MCP ID 1018669

o     Developing Applications with Microsoft Visual Basic 5.0

o     Application Development with Microsoft Access

Ÿ    Stephen Covey Personal Organizational Leadership certification, 1997

Ÿ    Ambassador University Speaking Club (4 years)

Education:

Technical Classes and Events Attended

Ÿ    VS Live! San Francisco, 2005

Ÿ    Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC), 2003

Ÿ    ADO.NET, 2002

Ÿ    Visual Basic.NET, 2002

Ÿ    Introduction to C# Programming for the Microsoft .NET Platform by Mike Amundsen, 2001

Ÿ    Introduction to ASP.NET by Mike Amundsen, 2001

Ÿ    Principles of Application Development, 1999

Ÿ    Mastering Visual Basic 6.0 Fundamentals, 1997

 

Professional Classes Taught

Ÿ    The Leadership Challenge, 2006/2007

Ÿ    Beginning Computer Applications: Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, 2006/2007

Ÿ    “Cool Things Coming In ASP.NET Whidbey” at Cincinnati VB.NET User’s Group, 2004

Ÿ    MOC 2373: Programming with Microsoft Visual Basic .NET, 2003

Ÿ    MOC 2310: Developing Microsoft ASP.NET Web Applications Using Visual Studio .NET, 2003

Ÿ    Introduction to ASP.NET, 2002

Ÿ    Introduction to Visual Studio.NET, 2002

Ÿ    .NET Framework Fundamentals, 2001

 

Ambassador University                                                                                        1992-1997

Big Sandy, Texas

Bachelor of Science, Management Information Systems, May 1997

Associate of Arts, May 1994