IT MANAGER PROJECT MANAGER
linkedin.com/in/marshall-varner-99b89b102 Dallas, NC
Accomplished and driven IT Director / Project Manager with 20+ years’ experience prioritizing numerous projects and initiatives simultaneously to optimize IT systems, networks, platforms, and technologies. Diligent efficiency pursuer, continually devising and implementing process improvements to achieve profitability and reliability goals. Exceptional interpersonal communicator adept at building positive relationships across all levels while cultivating an energetic and collaborative team.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
IT Project Management
Strategic Planning & Execution
Customer Service Excellence
Team Leadership & Development
Training, Coaching & Mentoring
Cross Functional Collaboration
Extensive Coursework in IT and Network Administration, Various University
Computer Information Technology
Active Directory Microsoft Dynamics
MS Office Suite Office 365
MS Exchange Adobe Graphics
MS Hyper-V VMWare
AWS MS SQL Server
SonicWALL Firewall Meraki Firewall
Virtualization Software NET App storage
IT Operations Director 2015 to 10/2020
TalentForce / Paramount Staffing, Shelby, NC
Oversee and direct all infrastructure, technology, and security operations, installations, upgrades, and conversions to deliver uninterrupted systems meeting or exceeding corporate goals and objectives. Coordinate end-to-end project management of all initiatives, from strategic planning and budgeting to scheduling, resource allocation, troubleshooting, and execution to ensure on-time and on-budget project deliverables. Establish, maintain, and administer inaugural Disaster Recovery system to proactively prepare for swift action in response to unavoidable failures. Continually devise and deliver system / process improvements to enhance operational effectiveness and improve profitability, serviceability, and reliability.
Slashed early termination fees by $50K+ within first 90 days by negotiating improved contract terms while establishing positive relationships with vendors.
Reduced IT footprint and increased security and reliability by converting 80% of physical servers to virtualized servers.
Coordinated all IT activities upon companies’ merger, including migrating and decommissioning servers and systems, updating firewalls, converting phone systems, etc. to optimize unification.
Directed rebuilding of outdated network infrastructure, conversion / migration of 30+ branches to new systems, implementation of new VoIP system, migration of failing onsite exchange server to Microsoft Office 365, creation of new SharePoint site to replace failed in-house Intranet, and numerous other process improvements.
Conducted individual, small group, and classroom training to fully equip world class team to exceed service and delivery expectations.
Regional Director of Information Technology 1999 to 2015
Gatehouse Media, Northern Division, Gastonia, NC
Managed multi-site IT operations including building, equipment, and system projects from installations and migrations to upgrades, ongoing maintenance, and enhanced financial reporting systems. Consolidated multiple departments and systems into one location, displaying highly-effective project management skills. Established and monitored IT department budgets for various properties as well as all capital requests. Trained, coached, and developed high performing teams servicing numerous regional locations with a focus on optimizing the customer experience. Virtualized network servers (MS Hyper-V and VMWare) and built databases for Operations and Advertising.
Spearheaded conversion of outdated building to contemporary newspaper office and printing facility, liaising with architects, engineers, and vendors to drive on-time, on-budget completion.
Presented engaging and informative classroom instruction in MS Office and Adobe Graphics to ensure highly trained staff.
Additional experience as Electronic Technician E6 with the US Navy.