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IT Project Management & Business Development

Mahwah, New Jersey, 07430, United States
January 19, 2017

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Russ Semeran

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Mahwah, NJ *****

Phone: 201-***-****


Expert professional with 15+ years of IT work experience, with 10 years of leadership responsibility in managing multiple large cross-functional teams and projects and influencing senior-level management and key stakeholders. Skilled in all aspects of the Project Management initiatives, including Business Analysis, Administration, Technical Support, and Development-related functions.

Specialist in Business Management, planning and executing business strategies, master in developing new market channels and building strong relationships with sales managers, customers and industry leaders.

• Experience in start-ups as well as established operations leveraging expertise in organization, computer networking, and problem solving to provide exceptional user support and assistance.

• Strong leadership skills and the ability to work effectively with Business managers, IT engineering, and IT operations staff.

• Extensive knowledge of infrastructure planning and operations, design and deployment as well as system life cycle management.

• Hands on Project Management with proven ability to bridge technical and business goals to provide business requirements and productive solutions.

• Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, able to work under pressure and consistently meet deadlines. Experience

2011-Current Ekman Group, Wall, NJ

Exclusive Representative / Business Development Manager / IT Support Ekman is one of the world ́s leading environmental sales and marketing organizations, focusing on the global forest industry and commodities with over $2.5B in annual revenue.

• Oversee multiple export operations of recyclable materials (paper and plastics), wood pulp and biofuels with over $50 million in value from Eastern Europe to Asia, India and Middle East. Sales and purchasing of various commodities.

• Facilitated the formation of the Europe’s largest biofuel plant (Vyborg Mill) where I helped to raise over $40 million for the plant construction.

• Successfully negotiated contracts between the recyclable materials producers and the consumers.

• Fundamentally responsible for the growth and maintenance of new business relationship, collaborated with key decision makers to share ideas and improve sales revenue.

• Manage Logistics and Customs aspects of International trade.

• Acted as an in-house IT Consultant, managing various projects such as Blackberry Server to MS Exchange conversion, Salesforce system implementation and UAT, companywide desktop PCs upgrade for US and international users.

1999-2011 Data Access / Datapatch Inc., Paramus, NJ Project Manager / Services and Support Coordinator Data Access Datapatch Inc. is an independent Value Added Reseller/Distributor for many of the leading manufacturers of voice and data products such as Cisco, HP, Extreme Networks, Avaya, Lucent Technologies and many others.

• Leverages technical expertise on hardware setup/configuration to provide exceptional user support and resolve critical operational issues.

• Managed major Service contracts for large corporations such as JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, Bank of New York, American Stock Exchange, New York Mercantile Exchange, ADP and others.

• Led Cisco Systems gear provisioning and wiring infrastructure installations for Ground Zero Recovery project with Port Authority of New York/New Jersey; Ran Open Access/T-Mobile SONET ring project in Long Island.

• Responsible for drafting and executing service contracts, pre- and post-sale technical support and troubleshooting.

• Worked with clients to clearly identify and continuously managed project scope, requirements gathering, dependencies, and deliverables.

• Successfully implemented the various Project phases, including Planning, IT build, UAT, and system rollout.

• Consistently conveyed the technical, budget, and schedule progress and risks of the project to clients and senior management.

• Responsible for implementing, supporting, and maintaining 24x7 network services.

• Experienced in managing security and after-hours support and communications.

• Maintained project quality service by establishing and enforcing organization standards. 1997-1999

Senior Network Engineer

• Successfully directed Schroeder Bank project involving design and implementation of legacy equipment conversion for over 100 branches nationwide.

• Led the nationwide equipment installation with FeedRoom Inc. to build media network for NBC News.

• Served as a team leader for installation, support, troubleshooting and administration on customer sites. 1995-1997

Field Technical Support Engineer

• Managed project for Reuters involving upgrading over 2,000 client sites from legacy environment to top of the line networking hardware.

• Responsible for refurbishing, testing and maintenance. 1994-1995

Network Consultant

• Involved in the design and implementation of channel banks and disaster recovery equipment for New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) and CitiGroup.

Professional Development

• Certificate of Management by American Management Association (AMA)

• Certificate of Management by National Association of Service Managers

• ITIL Foundation (Continual Service Improvement, Service Operation, Service Lifecycle)

• BMC Remedy Incident Management, Problem Management, Change Management and Asset Management modules.

• Proficient in various software, hardware and applications, such as Cisco IOS, Extreme Networks IOS, Juniper/ Netscreen IOS, Xyplex IS, Network Associate Sniffer 3.x, Novell client and multiple others

• Expertise in routers (Cisco, Tasman, some Nortel), switches (Cisco, HP, Extreme Networks, Nortel), CSU/ DSU (Adtran, Larscom, Digital Link, Kentrox), firewalls (Cisco Pix, Juniper-Netscreen) Cisco Network Management (SEO-226), Cisco Sales Expert (ID CSCO10185068), Cisco Routing and Switching specialization (SEO-290)

• Proficient in MS Office, JIRA, QuickBooks, AutoCad LT, and MAC environment.

• Very experienced in funding, building and managing e-Commerce businesses.

• Demonstrated project management and people skills with good communication, capable of travelling up to 70% of the time when required.

• Bilingual English / Russian


1987-1993 UFA STATE AVIATION TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY, Ufa, Russia Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology Volunteering experience

• Good Samaritan Hospital, New York, Bon Secours's Charity, IT Department Consultant

• Mahwah, New Jersey, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Volunteer ambulance driver.

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