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visionary software architecture OOAD SDLC Agile creative team-builder

Orem, Utah, United States
January 30, 2018

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Bret Harris

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Offers exceptional leadership skills and 30 years of senior-level management experience directing the comprehensive product lifecycle. Background spans 35 years of technological expertise and 31 years of cross-organization coordination. Specializes in providing vision and strategy to develop robust product lines and responsive organizations. Possesses expert-level skills in turnarounds, process improvement, and financial management. Holds multiple patents.

Areas of expertise

Vision User Interface/Experience Object Oriented Architecture & Design Research/Development

Full Product Life Cycle Agile Cross Platform Solutions Complex & Multidimensional Applications

On-Time Delivery Highest Quality Team Builder P/L Responsibility Start-Up Operations

Internet/Intranet/Web Development Audio/Video Communications Web-Streaming

Windows MAC Hand-Held UNIX/Linux/LAMP C/C++ C# .Net Java Perl

Business Solutions Enterprise Solutions Productivity Software Consumer Products

Data-Base(s) SAAS AWS/EC2 Custom Hardware/Server Platforms

Select Career Accomplishments

Recognized for strong management and organizational skills across all product development and quality assurance teams/organizations. Implemented and adapted best development practices resulting in predictable on-time delivery with highest quality.

Invented and built WordPerfect Office, which generated $1M in revenue in its first month of release, growing to $90M annually when acquired by Novell. (A.K.A GroupWise.)

Turned around an annualized loss of $25M to generate a $200K profit as SonicWall’s senior director of engineering. Raised product development output 342% and product quality 32% while cutting costs 30%.

Held 65% of BeneCor’s revenue by developing customized technological solutions that allowed the company to retain key accounts.

Appointed as special product director for troubled projects at WordPerfect Corp. Produced successful outcomes in each assignment. Created a project management approach adopted as a corporate model in multiple organizations.

Established a strong product line for a start-up that included Windows .exe and .dll as well as web-based applications, registration, and order processing. Turned a profit within the first month of sales as the president and CTO.

Professional Profile

ClearOne, Inc. 2008-2018

Sr. Technical Manager, Software

Responsible for all Professional Products software – reported directly to the Sr. VP of Engineering and the CEO.

Established “best practices” for software development across multiple products and teams.

Formalized and customized the (iterative) product definition/development lifecycle resulting in predictable and consistent on-time delivery.

Supported existing professional products, acquired products (via acquisitions), and created vision, roadmap, and architected latest generation software for Professional and Personal audio/video products.

Managed multiple outsource groups in India, Vietnam, Ukraine, and others.

4 time recipient of “Key Contributor Award”

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Professional Profile, continued

Imagine Learning, Inc. 2007-2008


[COO] Reviewed and improved internal fulfillment processes and employee productivity. [CTO] Responsible for all aspects of product development, quality assurance, and IT functions, for both the enterprise and consumer based, Media Rich (Media Heavy) products nationally and internationally.

Established mature production life cycle, Product Road Map, and project planning processes.

Accomplished company’s first ever on-time and in-budget product release.

Played a key role in the 80% increase in revenues in first year.

Designed deployment and distribution of all Media Rich (Media Heavy) products, internationally.

Accela, Inc 2006-2007

Director of Engineering

Responsible for all Development and Quality Assurance teams and efforts. Products consist of Enterprise and Client-Server based solutions for government agencies.

Development and QA teams consisted of local, national, and international resources in excess of 100 people.

Successfully managed (and trained) international outsource teams (China).

Substantially improved product development quality, project management, team productivity for multiple products, teams, and timelines. Products primarily consisted of sophisticated and complex enterprise office automation (work flow) systems for government agencies.

ContentWatch, Inc. 2003-2006

CTO / VP of Engineering / Chief Architect

Responsible for all Engineering, Quality Assurance, and IT teams and functions.

Refocused the organization on profitable practices and technologies. Reduced costs and participated in revenue increases of 300%. Played key role in landing Fortune 500 Account (Disney) and key international partnerships.

Conducted a full Client-Server technology review and created new architecture for all security products and back office functions for worldwide deployment.

BeneCor Inc. 2002-2003


Supervises all corporate IT operations. Leads product definition, construction, deployment, and replication. Directs the fusion of BeneCor’s existing IT division with the corresponding CBIZ unit.

Saved hundreds of hours of productivity losses by implementing risk-adverse IT solutions, such as a corporate email system and website.

SonicWall Inc. 2000-2001

Senior Director / Senior Engineering Executive

Led the Salt Lake City SSL engineering facility and oversaw the California team for this Internet security firm. Headed up operations, including supervising the development of FIPS Firewall, VPN, and SSL systems.

Directed corporate reorganization, the complete product lifecycle, and process streamlining. Led 100 personnel in seven teams across two locations. Managed business development, including P/L, budget preparation, and cost management.

Saved more than $500K in contractor fees by instituting FIPS compliance practices and requirements.

Established a robust product lifecycle process by setting up a system of specifications and creating a two-year product roadmap.

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Professional Profile, continued

SoftHaven Inc. 1995-2001

President / Senior Partner / CTO

Directed business development actions ranging from incorporation, IPO preparation, and fiscal management to marketing and sales. Recruited the executive team. Led product creation and delivery.

Managed the company’s IPO and incorporation. Drove the creation of a Wall Street Investment product.

Set up product lifecycle processes that led to zero defects in initial product releases. Delivered multidimensional intellectual properties.

Novell Corporation 1994-1996

Business Unit Manager

Directed Novell’s consumer products group. Lines included contact management, educational, and personal finance tools.

Managed third party development of products, such as Novell’s Tax Saver and Magic School Bus.

Appointed to a special business development team formed in response to Microsoft’s bid to acquire Intuit’s Quicken product.

Delivered a profit within the first year by increasing revenue and cutting costs.

WordPerfect Corporation 1985-1994

Product Director

Led a top-secret project team working under the code name, “Sundance.” Oversaw product lines, including WordPerfect Tables, PlanPerfect spreadsheet application, and WordPerfect Office. Supervised P/L, market acceptance and penetration, and best-in-class ratings.

Transformed employee “burnout” into revitalized enthusiasm through strong team building and motivation.

Directed the complete product lifecycle as well as process streamlining. Led 300+ personnel across eight locations comprising six development teams, five documentation teams, four quality assurance teams, three customer support teams, three marketing/sales teams, and three graphic artist teams. Managed business development, including P/L, budget preparation, and cost management.

Sperry Corporation 1983-1985

Software Engineering Manager

Supervised application development for projects such as the quality assurance automation for a PC series and the development of a military communications mainframe. Coordinated the transfer of a UNIX port to a custom mainframe system. Created and implemented firmware, remote management tools, and communications packages.

Patents / Inventions

U.S. Patent: “Method for Optimal Recalculation.” Patent Number 5,276,607.

Method for optical recalculation for spreadsheet products. Incorporated relational database technology, data schema, and a controlling process.

U.S. Patent: “Cross Platform Data Transport.” Patent Pending.

Dynamic solution to convert, transport, and reconstitute complex files from dissimilar systems into formats acceptable by the destination host.

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Bret Harris

361 West 165 South, Orem, UT 84058 801-***-**** Home, 385-***-**** Mobile

Education / Executive Training

Bachelor of Science, Computer Science Brigham Young University

Electrical Engineering/Computer Technology Weber State College

Executive Training (Level 4): Strategic and Alignment Strategic Human Resource Solutions Inc.

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