Alan J. McRae

3850 Indian Draft Rd
Millboro, VA 24460
828-226-0136

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EXPERIENCE:

2007-Present Green Equity Builders

Development of DIY Homesteading System, including panelized construction system and homestead facilities subsystems.
Various IT projects at Fortune 1000 clients, Public Radio, and enterprises of all sizes & industry sectors.

1997-2007 Maggie's Place B&B/Retreat Center

Management of center's web resources, credit card processing, accounting, and property maintenance.

1978-1997 McRAE MANAGEMENT CORPORATION

Computer Consultant: founder and President of multi-service, IT project management consulting firm specializing in computerized accounting systems, office automation, business applications programming, internet website development, computer systems technical support, network security systems, and end-user training. My business philosophy is to partner with the best in the industry, listen carefully to client needs, select the best IT solutions to real world business problems, and utilize uncommon diligence in deployment & technical support. In my experience, everyone wins when technology teams promote technical excellence through continuous hands-on training, mutual mentoring, thorough systems documentation (both printed and electronic), and the disciplined logging of all changes to IT systems for proactive management of change.

1986-96 SUN COMPUTERS & SOFTWARE: senior systems consultant to computer retail store for accounting systems & vertical marketing, customer needs analysis, proposal writing, software installation, user training and on-site system support for a store in East Northport.

1984-85 MICROAGE COMPUTER STORE: senior systems consultant to computer retail store - specializing in accounting and financial applications. Sold FIS Accounting, Open Systems Accounting, and numerous productivity software packages on IBM/AT&T/Compaq computers to corporate and small business market.

1982-84 Corporate Computer Consultant: programmer/consultant to Fleischmann Distilling Company, Julius Wile Sons & Co., Award Petroleum, Tempo Instrument Inc., Cerro Wire & Conduit, and many professional/service organizations on Long Island.

Retail Store Computer Consultant: sales/support consultant to several retail computer stores, including Entre Computer Center, Sun Computers & Software, and Computerland. Sold & supported IBM/COMPAQ/NEC computers, HP/EPSON/OKIDATA printers, with Open Systems accounting and standard office productivity software.

1981 BERLINER COMPUTER CENTER: marketing manager for a retail computer store under contract to McRae Management Corp. Boosted sales of Apple Computers to doctors, corporate users, and small business.

1980-81 COMPUTERLAND OF CARLE PLACE: microcomputer sales consultant specializing in business applications on Apple II computer.

1979-80 CHRISTOPHER THOMAS ADVERTISING ASSOCIATES: provided technical product marketing/advertising support to firm and their high-tech clients.

EDUCATION:

1983-Present PROFESSIONAL SEMINARS: Attended numerous technical training seminars on IBM, Compaq, AT&T, NEC, Altos and other microcomputer systems, as well as software training in Windows95/98/2000/XP, Novell Netware, Windows for Workgroups, Lantastic, DOS, Xenix, and UNIX operating systems and ACCPAC, Peachtree, Open Systems, Macola, SBT, ERPlite and other software applications.

CERTIFIED INSTALLER CERTIFICATES: Open Systems and ACCPAC Accounting Software (all modules).

CERTIFIED SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR: SCO Xenix.

1982-83 ADELPHI UNIVERSITY: Financial Planning, Business and Computer Science.

1981-82 NEW YORK INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY: Computer Science and Business Administration with special emphasis on Marketing Management.

1976 GRUMMAN DATA SYSTEMS INSTITUE: Certificate in Computer Programming.

1971-78 PROFESSIONAL SEMINARS: Attended training seminars on self-development, time management, sales & marketing management, and other business topics.

1967-70 SUNY at STONY BROOK: Physics, Computer Science, Economics and Accounting.

1964-67 HEMPSTEAD HIGH SCHOOL: Honors student in Math & Science - National Honor Society, National Science Foundation, Mathematics League and Waldemar Science Foundation Awards.

KNOWLEDGE:

Familiar with DOS, Xenix & Unix, Novell, Windows, Windows for Workgroups, Windows95/98, Windows 2000/XP and Lantastic operating systems; as well as BBx BASIC, DBASE, Foxpro, and Alpha Four Languages. Power user of Microsoft Office Professional, Microsoft Frontpage, Adobe PhotoShop, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Visio, PC Anywhere, Procomm, ICE.TEN, and other PC application software. Expert knowledge of all accounting software modules: General Ledger, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Inventory Control, Sales Order, Purchase Order, Materials Management/BOM, Payroll, Shipping, Manufacturing, Point-of-Sale, Service Dispatch, etc. Extensive personal computer hardware experience as well, including system assembly, troubleshooting, upgrading, and on-site support. Familiar with hardware & software firewalls, routers, corporate antivirus software, several IDS systems, and Windows log aggregation & analysis tools. Expert system documentation writer, IT department data collections form design & workflow systems architect, Windows disaster recovery technologies, Windows client security software & best practices, and advanced troubleshooting specialist. 

CURRENT PROJECTS:

Deploying a Linux, open source based Firewall/Router in our Bed & Breakfast to network internal intranet users with SOHO resources and share a broadband connection. Plan to add email proxy with virus scanning, spam filtering, and improved security IDS service. Will also be implementing a Linux based intranet webserver with a custom research library website.

Developing a commercial bakery billing & production control system in Visual Foxpro.

Installed a network security IDS based on GFI System Integrity Monitor, GFI Security Event
Log Monitor, Kiwi Syslog Daemon, TDS-3, and Symantec Client Security Suite on a 25 node corporate VPN. Provided technical assistance in a forensic investigation, formalized and documented the forensic procedures, and worked on system lockdown. Also created an intranet-based IT Knowledgebase with links to system documentation, troubleshooting procedures, security database, and links to vendor support webpages. In the process of developing more secure configurations of Windows 2000 & XP for better intrusion detection and faster, more reliable disaster recovery.

Created two Commercial Websites using MS-Frontpage 2000: see www.outdoorfun.com and www.basofil.com. In the process of adding multimedia features, form-based data entry, searchable databases, and Java-based menuing & news ticker applets to these websites. Also researching internet marketing strategies, technologies, and metrics for practical application in SMB internet media markets.

Operating the Outdoor Fun Company and Maggie's Place Bed & Breakfast/Retreat Center, and developing plans for a small, part-time, SOHO computer security, network administration and consulting service.


REFERENCES:

References will be furnished upon request.

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