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Senior Producer, Bigstep.com, 4/00-5/01

Manager of Production Technology, Sybex, Inc., 3/95-4/00

Desktop Publishing Specialist, Sybex, Inc., 9/94-3/95

Production Specialist, Graphic Composition, Inc., 10/91-5/94


Senior Producer, Bigstep.com, San Francisco CA, 4/00-5/01

  • Managed large web application development projects, from definition, specification, implementation, testing, and release to the live website. Projects consisted of content creation, interface design, java api development, javascript, and third party integration.
  • Managed the release of multiple projects to the live website. Was accountable for quality of the software release, meeting deadlines, scheduling, orchestrating activities across all functional groups, and representing the projects to the executive staff.
  • Made staff recommendations, interviewed candidates for hire, did performance reviews.
  • Created process and procedures across functional groups.

Manager of Production Technology, Sybex, Inc., Alameda CA, 3/95-4/00

  • Managed staff of 6 to develop technical process and handle day-to-day operations for the following areas: manuscript templates, text conversions, SGML system, companion CDs, and archival.
  • Led implementation of SGML editing and production system including proof of concept, budget, vendor selection, document analysis, systems development, testing, training, workflow design, pilot projects, to full implementation.
  • Designed system to ship PDFs to printers for 1 color books, resulting in time savings and reduced printer errors.
  • Created standard procedures guide for electronic publishing process.
  • Instituted text conversion system to repurpose text from page layout files, both back to Word manuscript files for revisions, and to PDF for electronic books on web or CD.
  • Created Word macros and plug-ins to enhance productivity for editorial and production.
  • Designed and implemented early page estimation system to reduce last minute cutting of book pages.
  • Built companion CD systems from the ground up including procedures and process for: content submission, Director interface creation & template, scheduling, QC, electronic books on CD, testing.
  • Assisted with transition from PC to Macintosh, then set up and supported 8 Mac users.
  • Created and implemented archive-to-CD system for layout, art, manuscript, and related project files.

Desktop Publishing Specialist, Sybex, Inc., Alameda CA, 9/94-3/95

  • Layout and template creation on 1, 2, and 4 color books.
  • Trained Production staff in Quark and navigated transition from Ventura to Quark.

Production Specialist, Graphic Composition, Inc., Menasha WI, 10/91-5/94

  • Desktop publishing and other service bureau work using Quark, Ventura, PageMaker, Corel, Illustrator, Photoshop and FrameMaker.
  • Trained customers and new staff in graphics and layout software. Approved by Quark as an authorized trainer.
  • Acted as project manager for Texas A&M Ocean Drilling Program textbooks. Duties included file conversion, layout, assigning and checking work for staff of 6, and approving and shipping camera ready copy.