Kalispell Copy Center

2012-Present                Kalispell Copy Center                          Kalispell, MT

       

  

  • Graphic Art Designer and Small Format production
  • Business Designs of Fliers, Business Cards, Small Signs, Book Binding
  • Laminations and cut stock
  • Sales and ordering

This was a fun design position. It is good to learn the production steps using Adobe products. I have used Adobe products for years and this position reinforced that there is more than one way to design. While using cut stock my way of design was great but when cutting from large stock I learned that there were more efficient ways to design. This was a fast paced upbeat position with great people.

SparkysCorner

2009-Present                 SparkysCorner                                     Kalispell, MT

  • Owner Operator
  • Web Design and Hosting
  • Data driven webs, Static webs, RAD webs
  • Graphic Design, Logos, Web Banners, Animations

1998-1999                      SparkysCorner   aka Advanced Computer Sales and Service

  • Computer Sales
  • Computer Repair
  • Network Installation
  • Microsoft Server Repair

Duties:  As the owner of Sparkys Web Design I was in charge of all phases of web management. We managed many types of Web Servers both Microsoft and Linux.  Sale of web hosting, Online Sales, Web Design, Graphic Art, Logos, Phone support, Content Management(CMS) mainly DotNetNuke using a MS-SQL, Custom web to sell merchandise, club websites with paid enrollment. Network design, Adobe Graphics, IIS,

 

Glacier Park INC

2005-2008 Glacier Park INC East Glacier Park, MT

IT Manager

· Windows NT 4.0/2K/2K3/2K8 servers NT4.0/2K/XP Workstations

· Ironport, Firewalls, Routers, Switches, DSLAM, Telecom Key and PBX systems

· Exchange 2K, SQL, WEB Servers

Duties: Management of small network covering 8 properties both US and Canada, Manage Servers for PMP, POS and file servers. Management of all low voltage equipment including , PBX, Key Systems, surveillance systems and door entry security. Including web development, scripts, graphic art, logos. Database management of Active directory, Exchange, MS SQL, Radius and PMP. Hardware managed include PBX, Routers, Switches, Spam Filters, Firewalls, T1, Metro, Frame and voicemail.

In June of 2005 I was offered a position replacing the IT Director at Glacier Park INC in North West Montana managing 2 employees and 75 PC’s. Downsizing from the 1000+ PC managed at CenturyTel. I packed up and moved to Kalispell Montana. My new position required that I spend the summer in East Glacier Montana and the Winter In Columbia Falls Montana. I quickly found that most of my work load was remoted out of Columbia Falls and that it took longer to do my work from East Glacier than from Columbia Falls.

I am an economist and a start up organizer so I got to basics I was determined to see what I had to work with. I scanned the network and determined that there were over 200 PC’s not 75. That equated to $125,000 in missed Microsoft Licenses. I questioned my supervisor and found that my supervisor was aware of the shortfall but that I was not to worry about it as that only pertained to PC’s with Microsoft Office. I found that my supervisors statement was not accurate. I did my best to increase the budget each year to bring Microsoft Licensing compliant but hit budget roadblocks and could only purchase 8-10 licenses a year. Determined to keep track of what PC inventory I had to work with I created a web based inventory system that kept track of licenses, serial numbers, IP, location and notes.

In 2006 we took full control of our online website and created a site that could be modified by more than just the IT staff or subcontractor.

In Checking I found that the network that Glacier Park INC was using was very latent (slow IP response) caused by use of IP over satellite systems. I also found that Citrix and non-y2k compliant PC’s were slowing the network. Finding that Windows Terminal Services was not as affected and that transfer by HTTP-browsing was even better I began retiring Citrix and using Terminal Servers which would save $10,000 in Citrix costs per year and began moving as many applications as I could to a web based platform.

I had an employee that spent a substantial amount of time resetting a HR access database and found that it was being accessed by more users than Microsoft recommended causing file locking issues. It was moved to a SQL server and the next year was moved to a web based system. I was instrumental in the redesign of the in house HR web system and the incorporation of the online hiring system which included tracking each change request so that if there was any question the person that made the change could be contacted. This tracking did not sit well with the HR manager but was very beneficial for legal reasons.

In the fall of 2006 a complete phone system audit was performed. I removed unused phone lines and discovery of billing circuits that were never reported to IT. That changed the telecom expense for 2007 by reducing the cost $109,000. Along with a pursuit of $10,000 in refunds from Verizon. I was also able to find discount lines to call from PBX to PBX within the park and cut another $10,000 in long distance fees. I was required to sit in an audit to explain a $129,000 savings for 2007. My supervisor was not pleased that I was in a VIAD (parent company) Audit and that the expenses had been ongoing for years without being spotted. It did not look good for my supervisor.

Along with the telephone audit I found that a technician must be on site to work on each of the 6 PBX’s. A simple change could result in 6 hours of driving to make a 10 minute change. I found unused modems and began hooking them up to the PBX so that I could dial in and make changes without making a trip onsite. Interesting that I found that the AVAYA PBX had been installed many years before yet many features were not being used. I implemented music on hold, Automated Attendant (press 1 for, press 2 for, press 3 for), Call forwarding when closed, ARS (Automatic Route Selection) just to name a few. Eventually we found that it was better to do serial over IP and added options that were faster than modems to speed access to the PBX.

As I sat in Staff meeting mentioning that we could be filling more rooms if we sold online my supervisor would shoot down the idea saying that it would upset other sales. In 2007 my supervisor came to me and said that it was mandated that Glacier Park INC have online sales. We dropped everything and coded for online sales. I had projected very conservatively that the first year we would have $35,000 to $50,000 in online sales. We had a little over $1,000,000 in online sales in 2007. This savings translated into a call center savings of over $80,000. My supervisor was not happy that the system ran so well and saved so much and was against the whole idea.

In 2007 was the first year in many that Glacier Park had stayed within the budget guidelines. They had made a $23,000,000 budget with $300,000 to spare. It takes $3 in income to pay for $1 expense. Had the IT department ignored the telecom savings of $129,000 and the labor savings from the call center of $80,000 or $209,000 total. Glacier Park INC would have had to generate $627,000 more revenue missing the budget mark of $23million by over $300,000. The IT department literally save the budget in 2007. Did I mention that because the budget was met that upper management would get a bonus? I had now crossed over the line with my supervisor and my supervisor gave me a bad review and would not grant me my bonus. I kept quiet as I did not want to provoke my supervisor more.

I thought in 2008 I could smooth the issues out but my supervisor was on a vengeful direction. I did not see it coming. I was in meetings 9 times that I documented where I discussed upgrades mandated by the parent company and was told not to interrupt the business flow during peak season. This upgrade had to be scheduled with a subcontractor. While out of season my supervisor relocated to Phoenix and told me not to do the upgrade. Then out of the blue my supervisor called, said I had lied and was without reason. I found out later that my supervisor had gotten into trouble over the issue and I was made the fall guy.

I went back to work for myself. Did I mention that the online booking in 2008 did $11,000,000 yes $11 million.

CenturyTel

1999-2005 CenturyTel Missouri

Network Administrator

· Install of NetWare 4.x,5.x,6.x and NT 4.0/2K servers

· Repair and updating of Workstations Windows NT4.0/2K/XP

The CenturyTel Story is a whirlwind story.

 

I was working at Inacom The Computer Place when I received a call in 1999 that CenturyTel needed a PC Support and Network technician to subcontract for a few months during the Y2k upgrades. I did not know that it would lead to many years of work.

 

I worked as a subcontractor for Inacom for 11 months working at CenturyTel in Kalispell Montana. I did upgrades on servers and workstations and then was asked to apply for a PC technician position. I elected to stay with Inacom but stayed to train the new technician. Little did I know that 5 months later they would offer me another position.

 

In May of 2000 I accepted a LAN Administrator  position in Kansas City working for a company called Spectra which was a minority partnership business with CenturyTel. I was dumped into the fire. Thank goodness that I am a startup organizer as that is what I found. An office with cubes and boxes of computers and employees waiting for me to get them a computer. Within several weeks we were up and running smoothly, call center working, dispatch working and network design operating.

 

In 2001 CEO Ken Matzdorff  requested that we move to a building in a different part of town.  Come to find out Ken was not the most honest guy around. We moved to a building that he had leased for a different purpose and then wanted out of. Thousands of dollars in moving expenses and downgrading of environment as we moved to a new location.

 

In 2002 I was part of a 4 man team to oversee a $2.2bil 550,000 Verizon wireline acquisition. This acquisition almost doubled the size of CenturyTel and left me as the lead LAN Administrator for CenturyTel’s largest region. I was tasked with budgeting, design and licensing of PC’s and Servers. The IT acquisition costs were $3,7000,000 and I was within 1%. This acquisition was also a move of and combining of Spectra into CenturyTel. I was relocated to Columbia Missouri which was centrally located in Missouri and I traveled to all corners of the state to maintain equipment.

 

In 2004 came a big shock that Ken Matzdorff was charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud of which he pled guilty spent years in jail and paid millions in fines.

 

In 2005 I was offered a position in Glacier Park and I returned to Kalispell Montana. It was a great ride for 6 years and I was sad to leave CenturyTel behind. CenturyTel even offered me a position at the corporate headquarters as the head Intel LAN Administrator to keep me from moving to Kalispell. The offer by Glacier Park was to good to pass up. I have family in Kalispell and hope to spend more time with them. .

 

Inacom The Computer Place

1998-1999                     The Computer Place                              Kalispell, MT

           Network Engineer

·         Install of NetWare 3.x,4.x,5.x and MS NT 4.0 servers

·         Repair and updating of Workstations  Windows 3.1/95/98/NT4.0

·         Install and configure Hubs/Switches/Routers

I am working at my own shop one day and in walks an old friend. He says why don’t you come to work with us at Inacom we need a PC Support and network technician. I thought it over and closed up my doors on my storefront,  brought my customers to Inacom and started a new chapter.

What I thought was going to be a different job each day turned out to be very different. I was with Inacom for 3 weeks when the boss comes to me and wants to know what I know about Novel Networks. I had installed what was called a lite version and that was good enough for my boss. I started a daily adventure to CenturyTel. I worked at CenturyTel for the next 11 months as a sub-contractor.  I did everything from installing a PC for a Customer Service Rep to repairing color laser printers to installing and configuring Novel Servers and even remotely configuring Novel Servers. I worked with Novel software that could do remote updates on a PC better than Microsoft could do. It was 10 years later that Microsoft achieved what we were doing in the spring of 1999.

When the 11 month were completed with CenturyTel I returned to a daily life at Inacom where it was a fast paced process to prepare all the updates that needed to be placed on all the PC and Servers that we supported around Flathead Valley for the Y2k millennial date issue. I was doing what I thought I would be doing for Inacom and that was traveling from North of Whitefish to south of Dayton for different jobs each day.

In April of 2000 came another call from CenturyTel this time wanting me to work full time as a Local Area Network Administrator in Missouri. I was offered a 200% wage increase, better benefits and a dream position. The next adventure begins.

 

Mobile-Tech Computers

1997-1998                     Mobile-Tech Computers                         Kalispell, MT 

         Computer Specialist
        
Onsite Sales and Service of computers

After programming computer in several language forms and repairing PC’s since my very early years I elected to change professions and pursue a computer career. In 1997  after the closure of Timerline Lumber I worked for Mobile-Tech Computers as a computer repair man.

I repaired computers for customers at their site or in the shop. I sold and ordered custom computers. The majority of all computers sold by Mobile-Tech were custom made for each customer.  I also set up simple Windows networks.

I was only on the job a few weeks when I was told that I would need to become A+ certified and told to take and exam at the local exam station. I drove to the exam station took the test and passed with a grade in the high 90%. When I arrived back at work I asked how others had done with their exams and was told that my score was the highest and that most technicians had to take the exam twice and several technicians had to take the test three times. I found it interesting that I did not study and passed the exam the first time.

This was a fun positions but a  slow time after Christmas resulted in several of the new employees being temporarily laid off.  I was one of the new employees that were temporally laid off. During my layoff I purchased some inventory, found a store front and started my own PC repair business.

Industrial Wood Products / Timberline Lumber

1978-1996                     Timberline                                             Kalispell, MT

      Planer Foreman

 

In 1978 Doug Knoshur drove into the Krause Lumber yard to pick up lumber and asked me if I would be interested in filling in while his lumber grader was away. I told him I could help out for a few weeks. I Filled in for a few weeks in 1978, 2 months in 1979 and by 1980 I worked 7 months. I enjoyed the seasonal work while I worked at Krause Lumber evenings and weekends. I began to work year around in 1983. There were two breaks. One for 4 months to work for my father in-law Herb Sandon of Sandon Construction in 1982 and to work at Beaver wood Products in 1987.

I started as a lumber grader and worked all the planer and mill positions as time allowed. In 1986 an expansion project included a saw mill which left me in charge of all planer operations. I had graduated from full time grader to full time planer man and planer foreman.  I was responsible for maintenance and repairs within the planer. Most of the time I charged the lugs on a precision end trimmer, feed lumber to the planer  and maintained the Yates A-20 planer. I was a man of many  talents. Operations would include operations of a 15k# and 8k# forklifts, breakdown hoist, trimmers, planer, profile, stackers and end sealing paint. Maintenance would include welding, cutting, changing belts, lubrication, maintaining gears and sprockets, grinding saws, grinding side heads, grinding and balancing planer knives, grinding, balancing and leading chipper knives.

 

During the planer off season I was relocated to the lath plant or the saw mill. While at the saw mill I operated many different machines. I operated the log chop saw until the addition of a Cambio debarker at which time I was moved to the debarker.  Then a top and side chipping edger was added and I was relocated to the edger. I worked the green side, head saw or anywhere needed. I even drove an 18 wheeler hauling lumber for several weeks from American Timber in Olney to Timberline Lumber in Kalispell.

 

From 1986 to 1997 I operated every machine at every station and was proficient at each.  I installed their computers and set up their network so they could share files. I did the majority of the electrical installation, design and lay out in the saw mill.  I brought a lot of talent to Industrial Wood Products and also learned what it took to manage and operate a multi-million dollar business.

 

Industrial Wood Products / Timberline Lumber closed their doors in 1997 for economic reasons.

Beaver Wood Products

 1978-1996                     Beaver Wood Products                                           Columbia Falls , MT 
  •       Plant  Millwright & Foreman

 

During the Summer of 1987 I had the opportunity to
work for Beaver Wood Products of Columbia Falls as the head millwright, foreman and maintenance man. Beaver Wood Products manufactured tree stakes which were a round dowel 2 inch in diameter 8 foot long and sharp pointed on one end to look like a giant pencil. While working with Beaver Wood Products my main focus was to keep the production of the dowel machine at a maximum pace of about 4 pieces per Morbark Debarkerminute .
 
The dowel machine in the video is the same make and model but Beaver Wood Products was set up with chip guards and conveyors to remove unused wood chips.
 
Along with general maintenance and welding I trained employees operated dump trucks, forklifts, log loaders, and a morbark debarker
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Sandon Construction

Sandon Construction known for their road building, concrete and extruded concrete products. Herb Sandon owner of Sandon Construction was a good friend and father-in-law. I worked for Sandon Construction part time for more than 10 years. I would fill in weekends, evenings or whenever I was not working another position.

 

One day while working on Herb’s CPM computer (pre Microsoft) I began to see a need for Job Costing as his accounting system did not track job information. I spent my spare time over the next few months to design and write a program that would gather information from accounts receivable and accounts payable and gather job costing information. I added fields in both accounts payable and accounts receivable to accommodate job codes.

 

In 1982 I took a leave from Industrial Wood Products to work on a large concrete pouring project that Herb was working on. Sandon Construction had been awarded the contract to place all the concrete on main street in Kalispell Montana. This was a big project and a short time frame. I worked as a concrete finisher. My day would be coming at 5am and lay out flower planter rings, street sign posts, street lamp posts, parking meter posts and anything else the engineers would throw at me. 6am the remaining finishers would show up and I would stand in concrete with a shovel and rake till 2pm. Once all the sidewalks were poured I was assigned to the main portion of the street project where I would come to work at 6am, shovel concrete till 2 pm. I would come back at 10pm and run a concrete saw till 2am. Some weeks I worked more than 80 hours.

 

While working for Sandon Construction I operated concrete saws, jack-hammers, backhoe, dump truck, motor grader and computer.

Krause Lumber Company

Krause Lumber Company was a family legacy owned by Harry Krause Sr. After a failed sale in 1977 I began my career in the saw mill industry by working the planer operations of Krause Lumber Company. After Harry Krause Sr. Passed away in late 1977 the family ran Krause Lumber Company as a custom or cut to order saw mill. My main focus was the planer setup man and planer foreman. I setup a Yates 91 babbitt planer with a double pattern profile head. I had to know how a lost art of pouring my own high speed bearings from babbitt to keep the planer in top condition. This old planer made before 1920 still did great work through 1984. I worked on all phases of the planning operation from forklift to charge the planer, feeder, planer man, knife grinder, certified grader, trimmer operator and then forklift to clear and load lumber trucks. Because of the size of the planning operation I also performed all the maintenance on all the machinery and did carpenter work to repair buildings.

During the off season at the planer I would work in the sawmill where I operated the log loader, edger, bull edger, gang saw, trimmer and pulled on the green lumber chain sorting lumber. I would also do millwright and electrician duties.

Part of the maintenance included the complete rebuild of a Detroit 6-71, overhaul of a small Block Chevy, wiring and install of 3 phase electric motors and starters, building custom repair parts with the lathe and press, repairing tires, welding and cutting. 

Other operations at Krause Lumber Company that I was responsible for were bookkeeping and accounting from making out invoices and receiving monies to ledger entries and paying the bills. I did lumber sales and customer support. There was no part of the lumber operations that I was no directly associated with. I even spent time on the crawler, backhoe, skidsteer and of course a favorite was the many hours spent on a motor grader shaping up gravel roads.
The family owned sawmill was sold at auction and dismantled in 1984 the land was also sold. There is no remnant of the landmark buildings that remain.


Builder Jon

I had the opportunity to work with Jon on 3 stick built homes, 4 precision log homes and 2 remodels. Framing, insulation, sheetrock, open beams, post and beam, flooring, sheeting, roofing, shakes, shingles, garage door openers, doors, windows, concrete forms concrete walls and concrete slabs. The homes ranged in size from 1800sf to 3600sf. The time spent on these homes gave me the experience to build 4 more homes for myself, remodel  end to end a repossessed home and many finish projects that have show up.
     
     





B&B Variety

I worked at B&B Variety in Kalispell a local grocery, variety and restaurant. I worked during my Junior and Senior years in high school and several years after. My Junior year I worked 20-30 hours per week and during my senior year I worked 40 hours per week. By the end of my senior year I was in charge of night closing and money deposits. There was term that was used called a “Third in Charge”. There was a manager an assistant manager and me. I was in a management position and a senior in high school.  I look back and remember that I was making more money than those that reported to me and had families to support while I was still in high school and living at home with my parents.
  
I was in charge of ordering, stocking, cleaning and facing the automotive, hardware, electrical, paint and seasonal departments.  This was a big task and I handled it well. Fred Meyer had specific way that the store should look and be faced. The Kalispell store was a bit smaller so adjustment had to be made. I took great pride in the paint department and had top monthly sales of all the 60+ Fred Meyer stores paint sales. The paint sales were so good that Fred Meyer had a team come to Kalispell to take pictures and document what was done and all the Fred Meyer paint departments were tailored from what I had accomplished.
  
Sometime after I graduated from high school I transferred to the B&B Variety in Columbia Falls to get more experience managing a store of a different caliber than the store in Kalispell. This was a good experience.
 
A 50% pay increase lured me away from retail sales after 5 years with B&B but as I look back those management years are what made a solid foundation for many other life career adventures.