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Jim Willard

Pflugerville, Texas, United States (US)

I believe in and pursue the ‘Renaissance Man’ career:  striving to learn new things when the current things get old.  That’s why I’ve worked in entertainment, product development, hi-tech manufacturing, IT, print/publishing and a little bit on-the-side script writing consultation.   I’m a Program Manager now with a government agency but still do some creative stuff on the side.    Some of my past mentees still keep in touch with me, and all of them remark on my even-keeled disposition and how well I collaborate with business partners and team members, stakeholders and clients.  (and they like my occasional dry sense of humor).   I expect to go out of this world, still doing something that interests me, still learning new things, and still coaching a younger generation on how to get something out of a career, and out of life.

6 Sessions for $USD 5300
12 Sessions POC

Computer Hardware
Computer Software
Film and Television Production
Government & Politics
Information Technology (IT) & Services (incl Gaming, Programming & Development)
Motion Pictures and Film
TV and Film Production
Writing & Editing

Education: * New York University B.A. Double Major Journalism / Film Activities and Societies: Independent Film Club, The 5th Avenue Beach Club, sound engineer and editor on numerous student film projects Specialized as sound engineer on scores of student film projects; wrote and produced 'The Return' NYU radio play; radio interviewed McGeorge Bundy, former National Security Advisor to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, for WNYU-AM; after graduation, worked on film sets for 'Crocodile Dundee,' 'Mangia' (or 'Eat and Run' as the cable t.v. release), and the cult classic 'Street Trash * Consulting Solutions.Net PMP certification, Project Management PMP Activities and Societies: The Let's Cram for the PMP Exam Club Completed 140 contact hours training and formal preparation for the PMP certification exam (PMI), including actual project work; earned PMP Feb. 2010 * University of Phoenix Masters of Science, Computer Information Systems Activities and Societies: * As this was a distance learning program, activities were limited to team/group memberships and collaboration * I was nominated leader for 80% of the Learning Teams of which I was a part. These teams wrote software development plans, business plans, B2B proposals, and designed ERP / B2B networks. Graduated Summa Cum Laude (3.91 / 4.0 GPA); Attended this program while working full-time - objective to transition into systems administration, implementation, and/or project management at some point * Champlain College AS. Programming Activities and Societies: The Running Up the Hill Club Object and structured programming; business applications; networking; management practices

Senior Project Manager Aspiring writer

Current Company: Conduent

Current Position: Project Manager

Experience Description: * Project Manager - Conduent (2017 - Present) WIC, EPC and mobile EBT endeavors, Android / IOS deployments; Siebel (Oracle platform) upgrades in support of Treasury and other major transaction programs * Senior Project Manager - Novitex Enterprise Solutions (now part of Exela Technologies) (2016 - 2017) Manage infrastructure projects supporting key clients and drive internal operational improvements * Implementation Manager - Xerox (2015 - 2016) New and upgraded software / database applications and infrastructure for multiple state agencies, integrating federal programs into IT environments (WIC / EBT / ECC / card operations) * Project Manager - State of Texas - Water Development Board (2014 - 2015) Oversight to information system and database application projects that support the efforts of the TWDB in its quest to help Texas manage its precious water resources. Contract review and approval of deliverables. Delivery of the On-line Loan Application System, enabling entities throughout the state to apply for water project funding. * IT Project Manager - Emerson (2014) Internal Oracle ERP platform upgrade and CRM (digital) projects * Configuration Services Project and Program Manager - Multiple Segments - Dell (Dec 2010 - 2014) Oversight to many hardware/software custom configuration projects, many business segments, many peculiar flavors * Customer Service / Senior Applications Engineer - Photronics (2010) Senior and corporate-level support on technical issues and product delivery, managing and resolving critical issues and executing to established business plans * Engineer - Samsung Electronics (2006 - 2009) Engineering ownership and oversight to 200mm. and 300mm. processes and tools, specializing in photomasks and photolithography * Technology Supervisor - Photronics (2005 - 2006) Prioritized and coordinated shift work in custom photomask facility, building advanced product for the semiconductor industry * Engineering Technician - Project Lead - Freescale (2004 - 2005) Assumed project lead responsibility for deployment of ReticleTrax (iReticles) ERP infrastructure system on the factory floor, as stakeholder and end user liaison with testing sign-off authority. * Engineering Technician - Motorola (2000 - 2005) Oversight to key processes; coordinator on several key fab projects; team leader for Lean Manufacturing / 5S effort * Senior Process / Tool Specialist - IBM (1988 - 1997) Pro-actively mastered many semiconductor processes/equipment types as a senior specialist: robotics, chemical and laser processes, and a whole lot of other stuff * Film and TV Technician - Film and Broadcast Industry (Sept 1982 - Dec 1986) Logistics assistant and sound engineer on a variety of student and professional shoots throughout New York City, including Rimfire Production's 'Crocodile Dundee' , 'Street Trash' and a few other forgettable B-grade flix that you might stumble across on late night t.v. or Web streaming

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Senior project / program manager, process engineer and team leader across multiple industries, with a strong emphasis upon fostering collaboration and a sense of purpose to meet business goals and project objectives;  adept at working with clients, executives, teams and stakeholders to deliver desired outcomes for solutions or products

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