GARY L. SMITH
Motivated professional with twenty plus years of technology experience planning and managing IBM and non-IBM IT organizations in complex technical environments. Extensive project management experience using PMBOK process groups, knowledge areas, network diagrams and formulas. Defined roles and responsibilities for technology organizations communicating with teams, stakeholders and senior management. Proven track record managing data centers, server platforms, development, and data networks; supporting global technology environments. Managed complex development systems using high level problem solving skills for deployment and release management. Prior business experience includes government, manufacturing, security systems, financial systems and the cable billing industry. Strong organizational and management experience establishing and maintaining information technology organizations with significant budget responsibilities.
•Disaster Recovery Planning
•PMBOK PMP Certification
•Lean Six Sigma Certification
• o Planned, and directed the relocation of corporate data center and networks from New Jersey to Florida and the construction of a 10,000 square foot data center.
oDesigned and implemented three corporate telecommunications networks using various topologies.
oImplemented data communication networks for the City of Newark, FEDDERS Corporation and ADT.
oProject managed application development efforts for the insurance, security industry and cable billing.
oManaged the implementation of payroll systems, financial systems, ERP, data warehouse and CRM applications.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Ark Solutions 10/2017 – 01/2018
Consultant-Senior Project Manager, Atlanta, GA
•Generated Statement of Work documents for an SAP and Land Management system.
•Generated multiple project charters, scope statements and project plans for management.
•Successfully completed two software upgrade projects on time and within budget.
•Proposed scheduling alternatives that mitigated application downtime and timely access.
Americold LLC 12/2014 – 04/2017
Senior Project Manager, Atlanta, GA
•Project managed over twenty projects that included infrastructure, operating system upgrades, SAP Conversions’, supply chain, intranet construction and CRM.
•Planned, organized, controlled and evaluated IT change management solutions.
•Worked extensively with engineering to construct and upgrade technology facilities that supported 180 warehouses.
IEEE Co. 10/2012 – 04/2014
Independent Consultant, Piscataway, NJ.
•Project Manager responsible for initiating, planning, executing, controlling and monitoring Event Planning Project contracted with the IEEE Company. Deployed the selected software on the WebSphere application server.
•Directed and managed international team of managers, infrastructure specialists, programmers and analysts delivering system solutions worldwide.
•Responsibilities included documentation, data warehousing framework, and training staff on application servers.
Convergys/NetCracker 03/1999 – 10/2012
Project Manager, Sunrise, FL.
•Technology project manager, experienced in large scale enterprise projects using SDLC, AGILE and PMI/PMP methods and practices.
•Initiated, planned and executed numerous technology and infrastructure projects supporting an international community.
•Created and administered training curriculum for user communities located in UK, India and Canada and policies and procedures for the department.
•Managed vendors and third party systems to ensure optimal efficiency and use for the organization.
Paterson Public Schools 10/1991 – 01/1999
Director of MIS, Paterson, NJ.
•Director of MIS reporting to the Superintendent of Schools while interfacing with state, district users, auditors and community leaders responsible for determining the technology requirements of the district.
•Manager responsible for designing and implementing a data network that supporting student and financial systems.
•Technology executive responsible for auditing and access of district data information.
•Preserved assets by implementing and asset management system that was integrated with the purchasing application.
City of Newark 02/1988 – 10/1991
Director of MIS, Newark, NJ
•Director reporting to the Business Administrator coordinated all technology projects and expenditures for the City. Successful project implementations during my tenure included AS/400 based finance, Court and Public Assistance systems that were host and client server based. Public assistance applications included FDS and DDS documents.
•Proposed, planned and managed the implementation of a fund accounting application system for the City.
•Prepared and administered a facilities management Request for Proposal. The $5mm project consisted of contract negotiations, defining service level agreements, determining resource requirements and city approval.
•Installed enterprise environment consisting of AS400 mainframes, Windows/Unix servers and four hundred personal computers.
National Council on Compensation Ins. 03/1982 – 12/1987
Vice President of Information Technology, Boca Raton, FL.
•Directed the design and implementation of data communication network supporting seventeen remote regional offices.
•Executive responsible for a $15mm budget and a staff of one hundred and fifty technical professionals. Planned, and directed the relocation efforts of people, programs, equipment, and data networks to Florida.
•Project managed the design, construction and implementation of a database application for the insurance industry. Project utilized IDMS database technology.
American District Telegraph Co. 05/1979 – 05/1982
Manager, Operations and Automation, NYC, NY.
•As Manager of Operations and Automation, managed a group of professionals supporting production, testing, Quality Control and data networks for a twenty four hour, seven day a week operation.
•Supported regional manufacturing and financial reporting requirements of new and existing revenue based systems.
•Managed and directed the data center organization consisting of database design, operations, quality control and telecommunications. Planned and coordinated equipment and data network project relocations.
Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY)
Bachelor of Science, Computer Science
•Novell CNE Certification/Cisco Router Configuration
•Lean Six Sigma Certification/PMP Certification/ITIL
• MS Tools, Word, Excel, Project, PowerPoint, SharePoint