Don’s Online Laid-back Resume

March 4, 2019

Besides LinkedIn, this post represents a more laid-back version of my resume.

I am the semi-retired owner of Larson Mentoring. My professional credentials cover almost 39 years as a technology analyst, and business owner, and previous partner in two successful S-Corp., software partnerships.

My educational interests are primarily in Machine Learning variants using Jupyter Notebooks. I use multiple personal, Amazon Cloud, and Raspberry Pi computers.

I currently serve as a CyberTECH  Advisor to the Board. I served in two previous Corporate Board of Directors, four Civic Boards of Directors.

Specialties: Former PMI Certified Associate In Project Management (CAPM), Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS), and passed two Six Sigma Total Quality certifications, training, software development, public speaking, presentation skills, leadership and mentoring.

I started out with my home computer and soon discovered I had the ability to learn new programming and related technologies right at the time businesses and schools in the early 1980’s were starting to integrate small computers into their various departments. I taught a variety of adult education classes at a small Chicago suburban college and leveraged those connections to begin a sole proprietor business as a software developer and consultant. I taught through classroom and on-the-job training employees to improve their skills and move up the chain in their professional careers.

By the middle 1980’s I was employed in more influential positions in mid-size downtown Chicago corporations to implement multi-user relational database designs to solve complex business issues. Before the end of that decade I was a highly paid Chicago area consultant and programmer for distinguished national legal and financials firms. In one case, my work on a litigation matter, resulted in my database design being used by the United States Attorney General in a FDA Court case successfully adjudicated for that Federal Agency.

Around 1990 I was working for an global management consulting firm and by the end of my career there in 1995, I worked on top VP-level assignments and the firm’s Board of Directors Quality Program effort pursuit of the Presidential Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. That effort took me to other American and European offices of the firm providing me international business experience with other cultures.

Upon moving to San Diego County in early 1996, I continued working in my first S-Corp Software Company as CFO and Secretary. I became involved with civic organizations as the years rolled by into the mid-2000’s. In 2007 I became President and Partner of another S-Corp Software Company and worked there until the end of November 2015.

I became involved in CyberTECH in July 2013 and have contributed as an Advisor to the Board, served as IOT Meetup Co-Chair for one year, and occasionally submit blog posts for CyberTECH syndication. My last formal volunteer CyberTech acting was to serve as Program Chair for their Entrepreneur in Residence Program involving around 60 companies between September 2016 to April 2017.

I am married for 45 years to my wife, Sherry. I am a father to one daughter, herself married for 19 years. I have two grandchildren ages 12 and 10.

My hobbies include: reading, research, programming, travel, talking about my digital art, and giving presentations on topics where I hold an interest.

I am still available for part-time work and as a consultant in mutually beneficial endeavors.

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About Don Larson

Using computer technology since June 1980.
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