Paul Collins

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Personal Details

I like to push innovation, creativity and original ideas into every project!

I am a solution oriented problem solver in the technical world, experienced as project team lead and vendor manager. I find and apply new technologies to solve current problems. My strongest skills are web design & implementation, all forms of digital graphics, instructional designer, industrial training and on-line application design. I have also worked for many years with computer hardware and networking. I have designed and built clean-rooms for Brenco Inc. and Cisco Systems.

Profile

In my personal life I am a husband and father of two. My sons are in college and learning to be electrical engineers. We all live in a historic house built sometime prior to 1888. When not working in the office you can find me restoring our house or in my machine shop restoring old factory equipment or old construction equipment.

Goals

A problem solver by nature, I am looking to use my extensive technical background to guide the direction of strategic, innovative, technical projects. I thrive in positions where new technologies are the focus. A skill of mine that I have leveraged throughout my career is the ability to interact on a peer level with the most technical of people then transfer that information to non-technical people & management. I can efficiently work with one foot in the technical world and the other foot in the management world while providing open communications support.

Work Skills

One of the best parts of my career has been the amount of new things I get to learn. Some highlights are Computer based training, CD ROM production, structured wiring, clean room design & construction, PC repair, multimedia production, audio & video editing, PhotoShop (big time!), corporate photography, website development, project management, Share Point, Word Press, networking, structured wiring, fiber optics, digital electronics, & analog electronics.

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What I’m best at

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My career

Recent Experience

October 2001 -
Now Present
Altria / PM USA
Talent Acquisition
Senior Technology Analyst

Senior Technology Analyst Managed and expanded the corporate recruiting website Served as technical support for the Talent Acquisition department Re-launched the recruiting website with a fresh new look & feel Managed suppliers and budget related to all projects ranging from $400k to $1.2M Built Google Analytics dashboard to measure website success Managed the conversion of the recruiting website to SharePoint to...

July 1998 -
October 2001
Cisco Systems
Technology Development
Multimedia, CBT and Web Programmer

Multimedia, CBT and Web Programmer / Designer Designed and coded multimedia computer based training (CBT) programs for in-house technical training Served as in-house "Interface Design" person, created the look & feel for new web pages and software product interfaces Designed and created many internal training web sites Created and maintained "Knowledge Transfer Websites" pertaining to the software development projects...

Other Experience

july 1991 -
july 1998
BRENCO Inc.
Information Technology
Multimedia Programmer and Project Manager

Multimedia Programmer and Project Manager Lead programmer and technical team lead for the BRENCO Multimedia Department Programmed several marketing projects for the international sales staff Released several multimedia CD-ROMs for the transportation industry Installed and oversaw the day to day operations of a 200+ computer network Performed or oversaw all repairs, upgrades and installs of hardware and software Designed & installed...

November 1984 -
November 1987
Systems Engineering International
Repair & Support
Area Supervisor & Field Engineer

Area Supervisor & Field Engineer Regional manager of the Chesterfield County contract to repair and support all computer equipment Supported the computer repair contract for Fort Lee, and Defense General Supply Center...

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What I do

I'm a left-brain thinker with an ability to come up with unique or original solutions for solving problems. In my day job I apply this to  Information Systems and technology. In my home life I use this skill to rebuild & repair old factory equipment, hydraulics, electrical and electronic gear. I am also restoring a historic home built prior to 1888 (now there are some problems).  
Finding the solution to a problem is the whole point. The first step is to solve the problem. Next you must implement the solution. I use the total sum of all my experiences as the wellspring for answers. That's something the younger workers cannot compete with, "experience".
For my entire career, whenever a team was assembled to solve an existing problem, I was chosen to be part of that team specifically because of my ability to think outside the box. Some say I have never been "in the box".
As I have mentioned elsewhere in the site, I have a knack for being able to explain complex things to non-technical people in a way they can be understood. I think this is why I found teaching at John Tyler Community College so enjoyable. I also volunteered to teach several classes at Cisco Systems and at Philip Morris.
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Are you looking for someone to bring new, fresh ideas to the table? Do you need to add someone to the team that sees the world through an innovation & technology lens? If so I would love to hear from you.

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Chester, Virginia 23831

+1 804 751 0785

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