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Michael Viron

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Imaginative, highly motivated Information Systems specialist with excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills. Over nineteen years of consultation and employment experience including administration and maintenance of multiple operating system (Windows / Linux) local area network (including printers, workstations, servers, and other network peripherals), policy making, process development and implementation, management (up to and including senior management (c-level)), project coordination, project management, infrastructure security (server, network, physical), emergency operations planning, disaster preparation planning and recovery operations, problem solving, troubleshooting, budget management, web site development and publication, programming, reliability, resourcefulness, training, procurement, customer service, and database administration (MySQL, Oracle, and Microsoft SQL Server).


  • Participated as speaker for iTenWired for S.T.E.A.M. Seminar Series (05/2019)
  • Organizing Committee Chair / Founder for Careers in Tech events in 2011 (Pensacola (FL) & Shalimar (FL)), 2015 (Mobile (AL) / Pensacola (FL) / Niceville (FL)), 2016 (Baton Rouge (LA) / Pensacola (FL)), 2017 (Baton Rouge (LA) / Mobile (AL) / Pensacola (FL)), 2018 (Baton Rouge (LA) / Pensacola (FL)), and 2019 (Baton Rouge (LA) / Pensacola (FL))
  • Selected for Geographic Unit Operations Committee for IEEE Computer Society (04/2014)
  • Selected for Student Awards Committee for IEEE Computer Society (02/2013)
  • Selected for Distinguished Visiting Professionals Review Panel for IEEE Computer Society (12/2012)
  • Founder / Project Lead for WABBTribute.com (03/2012)
  • Founder & Organizer of first ever software architecture summit for C2JS of IEEE Northwest Florida Section (2010)
  • Charter member of Mobile Sharepoint Users Group (2010)
  • Charter member of Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD), Northwest Florida Section, IEEE (2010)
  • Instrumental in establishing and coordinating KAMedData's Experiantial Learning Program (2008 - present)
  • Recognized in Pensacola News Journal's People on the Move column
  • Implemented and maintained production and development environments of DSET's ezLocal software and Micromuse Netcool / Cisco Information Center
  • Assisted and provided support of end-to-end testing and service readiness testing of ezLocal, successfully completing e-bonding of ezLocal to BellSouth Service Centers
  • Founded Web Spinners at the University of West Florida
  • Implemented a new backup system and password protected network sharing for the main 35+ node local area network of University Commons and Student Activities
  • Designed and implemented dedicated client/server environment for the University Commons and Student Activities Department Event Management System software, resulting in an uptime increase of 80%
  • Instrumental in planning for future network growth in key areas of University Commons and Student Activities by procuring and placing network equipment in heavy growth areas.
  • Major contributor in developing a long term divisional solution for inter-departmental network-based workstation and server backups.
  • Increased overall store scanning efficiency by over 50% in 1998 and 1999, leading to recognition as one of WalMart's top Division 1 stores (of 900 total) in scanning efficiency with a corresponding reduction in shrinkage.
  • Author of Cashier Reference and Portable Register Troubleshooting Guides for Wal-Mart which were instrumental in increasing the effectiveness of the store's training practices by 50%.

Research Panels

  • Member of the Microsoft Partner Research Panel (02/2012 - present)
  • Member of the Microsoft IT Advisory Council (09/2010 - present)
  • Chosen to participate in the Computerworld Inner Circle Research Panel (2008-present)
  • Member of the CIO Peer2Peer Panel, CIO Magazine (2008-present)
  • Member of the CIO Reader Research Panel (2008-present)
  • Member of the CSO Reader Research Panel (2008-present)
  • Member of the CIO Insight Research Panel (2007-2012)
  • Member of the Information Security Research Panel (2007-present)
  • Member of the Network Computing Opinion Panels (2007 - 2009)
  • Member of the Information Architects Reader Research Panel (2005 until publication ceased in 2006)
  • Chosen by Ziff Davis Media to participate in the eWeek Reader Advisory Panel (2004-2012)
  • Invited to participate in the CIO Executive Council (2009,2011)
  • Invited to participate in The CIO Summit (2005, 2007, 2009, 2010,2011)

Professional Organizations and Miscellaneous

  • Region 3 Coordinator, Geographic Unit Operations Committee, IEEE Computer Society (04/2014 - present)
  • Member, Student Awards Committee, Member & Geographic Activities Board, IEEE Computer Society (02/2013 - present)
  • Member, Distinguished Visiting Professional Review Panel, IEEE Computer Society (12/2012 - 03/2014)
  • Organizing Committee Chair / Founder, Northwest Florida Software and Enteprise Architect Summit (2010 - 03/2013) (Suspended Operations)
  • Treasurer, Northwest Florida Section, IEEE (2/2010 - 2/2011)
  • Webmaster, Northwest Florida Section, IEEE (2010 - present)
  • Invited to participate in the Computerworld's Business Intelligence Perspectives Conference (2009)
  • Invited to participate in the InformationWeek 500 Conference (2009)
  • Chair of the Computer & Communications Joint Society, Northwest Florida Section, IEEE (2009 - present)
  • Mentor, University of West Florida Alumni Mentor Program (2009 - present)
  • Invited to Participate in the Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015)
  • Nominated for Treasurer of the Northwest Florida Section, IEEE (2008, 2009, 2010)


Operating Systems

  • Windows (Client): 3.x, 9x, NT 4.x, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
  • Windows (Server): NT 4.x, 2000, 2003, 2003R2, 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2
  • Unix: Solaris 2.5 - 8, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD
  • Linux: Slackware, RedHat, Fedora Core, Mandriva, Gentoo, OpenSUSE, Ubuntu, CentOS, Debian
  • Other: Mac OS (Systems 6 - 8), Mac OSX, OS / 2, DOS 3.x - 6.x


  • Web Development: HTML, XHTML, CSS, Cold Fusion - CFM, PHP, ASP, ASP.Net, C#
  • Assembly: 68000, Intel
  • Other: Python, Java


  • Office Suites: Corel WordPerfect Suite, Microsoft Office, Lotus Smartsuite, Microsoft Works, OpenOffice.org, StarOffice
  • Graphics Development: Adobe Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, Fireworks, Flash, Captivate
  • Web Development: Microsoft FrontPage, Dreamweaver, Hotdog Professional Webmaster Suite, Visual Studio (6-2012)
  • Web Browsers: Netscape, Mozilla, Firefox, Safari, Chrome, Internet Explorer
  • Telecommunications: DSET's ezLocal, Netcool Omnibus 3.x, Cisco Information Center 2.x
  • Databases: MySQL, Oracle, SQL Server, PostgreSQL
  • TCP/IP: HTTP, NIS, NFS, SMB, FTP, SSH, Telnet, POP3, Sendmail, Postfix, HTTPS


Director of IT & Software Engineering, KAMedData, Inc. (and subsidiaries), Pensacola, FL, March 2002 - present

Various Retail and Consulting Positions, Pensacola, FL, August 2001 - November 2003

Companies worked for during this period include McGill Law Offices (as a freelance web consultant - 08/2001 - 12/2002), Follett Corporation (08/2001 - 09/2001), and Target Corporation (10/2001 - 11/2003)

Senior Systems and Administration Consultant, Web Spinners, University of West Florida (Pensacola, FL), December 2000 - February 2002

Coordinated the transition of all organizational responsibilities to the new administration; Promoted to Senior Systems & Administration Consultant in December 2000 after graduation (Sr. Systems Administrator 08/2000-12/2000, prior to graduation); Developed and implemented a secure computing environment designed to maximize utilization of limited computing resources; retired from active consulting and advisory role in February 2002 upon completion of Spring 2002 administrative transition.

Application Administrator (Working Title: Application Manager), Netcool / DSET, Network Telephone, Pensacola, FL, October 2000 - May 2001

Established production and development environments for both Micromuse Netcool / Cisco Information Center and DSET's ezLocal; provided application support for ezLocal and Micromuse Netcool / Cisco Information Center; and provided assistance on other projects.

President, Academic Web Information Repository, (Pensacola, FL), December 1999 - present

Develop organizational policies as a founding member; communicate with founding members and sponsoring organizations; develop and implement a user-friendly website.

Project Coordinator, Web Development Team, Linux Professional Institute, (Pensacola, FL), October 1999 - November 1999

Coordinated web development efforts with the Board of Directors and Database Administrator

Computer Support Specialist / System Administrator, University Commons and Student Activities, University of West Florida, (Pensacola, FL), 1998 - October 2000

Hardware and software (both operating system and application) upgrades and troubleshooting under Linux and Windows 3.x/95/98/98SE/2000/NT; System administration of 35+ node departmental local area network (workstations, servers, printers, and other network peripherals) provided computer and web related training at all technical skill levels; determined requirements for new departmental computing hardware and software; database administration of 3 MySQL servers.

President, Web Spinners, University of West Florida (Pensacola, FL), March 1997 - August 2000

Managed over 150 volunteer web developers (including project assignments and tracking hours worked); prepared annual budgets and reports; developed organizational policies as a founding member; procured practical equipment via donations and purchase orders; provided on-site system administration of 3 linux servers; and communicated with officers, members, and external personnel

President, CEO, and Chief Visionary Officer, General Education Online, (Pensacola, FL), August 1995 - present

Founded the project in August 1995; completed database conversion in first half of 2001; coordinator of project developers; responsible for administrative tasks and PHP / MySQL development

Floater (97), Cashier, and Trainer; Wal-Mart Store #990, (Milton, FL), June 1995 - October 1999

Provided reports in a variety of formats to upper-level store management (including reports on productivity, scanning efficiency, and cashier training practices; Handpicked as Leader of the store's Productivity and Scanning Efficiency Improvement Project by the store manager, resulting in long and short term increases in productivity, scanning efficiency, customer service, and training effectiveness.


Computer Science / Computer Information Systems, University of West Florida, (Pensacola, FL), August 1995 - December 2000


  • Bachelor of Science, Fall 2000
  • Student Leadership and Service Award Nominee, 1998, 1999, 2000 (1 of 40 nominees)
  • Associate of Arts (A.A.), 1997
  • Registered Volunteer, 1998 - 2000


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