Résumé

Summary

Over a decade plus of consulting and development I have grown my small companies, increased my skills and gained many friends and clients. My future goals include broadening my skills and finding clients where I can put my skills to the best use.

Contact

  • Snail Mail:
    William Forney
    Padgett Accounting Center
    1302 Cleveland Avenue
    Mount Vernon, WA 98273
  • Phone: (360) 202-9614
  • Fax: (360) 424-4293
  • Email: bill@billforney.com
  • ICQ: 1152699
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  • Skype: wforney
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  • AOL/AIM: wforney
  • Yahoo: wforney
  • Windows Live/MSN:
    bill@improvdesign.com (another is available, ask)
  • Jabber IM: wforney
  • IRC: rizon.net#improvGroup

Specialties

C#/VB.NET Development since .NET Framework v1.0 beta 2, SQL/Access Database Design from SQL 2000-2008R2/Access97-2010 w/VBA, Silverlight/WPF since its release & Web Development since 1996, WCF/Web Services, Infrastructure Consulting (Installation/Configuration/Support) for small and micro-businesses, Facebook Applications

Experience

Lead Developer at Visible Reality, LLC

July 2008 - Present
My duties include Web & software development, team leadership, design integration and project management. I design many of the databases that run our clients’ businesses and web sites, along with Facebook apps, Silverlight sites, and Windows line of business applications. I am the primary developer on all of the ASP.NET projects on the portfolio, implemented the Silverlight 3 version of www.tourmsn.com, trained new developers on proper cross browser CSS and general web development, supported of hosting software infrastructure, built numerous ecommerce systems using open and closed source platforms such as nopCommerce, built custom CMS systems as well as implementing prebuilt ones with theming like n2cms, used WCF/Web Services and MVC for JSON data access and Twitter feeds, built a parser for NW MLS data using RETS standard along with a custom client library, handling some client communications, accounting and other administrative tasks.

Software Developer at Emergency Reporting

January 2008 - April 2008
Duties included web & software development on the hosted service application. It provides records management and other functions to fire departments across the country.

Member at improvGroup, LLC

December 2005 – Present
Responsibilities involve web & multimedia design/development for small businesses, line of business application development and supporting functions including database design/management with MSSQL/Access, IT/Infrastructure consulting for small/medium businesses supporting their networks and computers, bookkeeping, marketing, and daily operations. Some projects include a ticket system for a local computer shop allowing them to track repairs, a database system with a serial communication library for a scale allowing a local farm to weigh berries picked in the field and track workers’ time and pieces in the fields, and a reporting application with forms and UI for another local farm’s order and invoicing management system.

Network Administrator at Padgett & Padgett, PLLC

April 1999 - Present
Management of IT for the firm, including computer maintenance, repair and networking. Server management, international infrastructure. Also responsible for maintaining the firm's web site.

Owner at NoFiles, Inc.

April 1999 - 2010
We provided professional consulting services including application development, database design, web development, marketing & branding, video and infrastructure consulting. I have overseen and worked with a myriad of clients on various projects. My duties were similar to improvGroup, LLC above. In the early days we worked with a few celebrities in the sports, music and entertainment industries to build web sites, create multimedia enhanced CDs and design a few print ads and materials such as letterhead, business cards, etc.

Network Administrator at Blade Chevrolet, Inc.

June 2005 - September 2005
Filling in for a fellow network administrator during his 3 month leave of absence, including some Access/VB.NET development projects.

Bench Technician / Networking Consultant at Intek Northwest, Inc.

January 2003 - January 2004
Building, troubleshooting and configuring computers in the shop. Consulting, configuration and installation of client networks and equipment. Company web site maintenance.

Core Team Architect / Developer at Codename: Rainbow Portal CMS Project

2002 - 2004
Helping clean up a large amount of code, guiding some parts of the project's future and learning a lot about how a good CMS system is built. During the time I was active on this project we introduced many new concepts and put in place the groundwork for what the project is today. Our project influenced many other projects as well. 4 recommendations available below

Computer Technician / Web Designer at Global Interactive Management

June 1996 - August 1996
I provided technical support at a few non-profit organizations and setup NT server to host a few web sites on a 56k frame relay connection in Harrisburg, PA. I helped with networking and support of the building network which included a business and the office of Senator Mark Single. I also assisted in a little web design and other personal assistant type activities.

Education

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Computer Science, 1996 - 1997

Certifications

Microsoft Certified Professional (acquired in 2005)
Microsoft Small Business Specialist (acquired in 2005)

Recommendations

"Working with William as an architect in designing some of the feature sets in Rainbow, I can honestly say he is a bright, motivated, imaginative and thoughtful person to work with. He is organized and efficient in all the process I have dealt with him."
— Jonathan Minond, Project Contributor, Rainbow Portal, worked directly with William at Codename: Rainbow Portal CMS Project

"Bill was a strong component of the (open source Rainbow portal) development team, offering guidance, direction, and encouraging the project to move forward."
— John Bowen, Developer, Rainbow Portal, was with another company when working with William at Codename: Rainbow Portal CMS Project

"William was a huge asset to the Rainbow project."
— Mark McFarlane, Systems Specialist, Saudi Aramco, worked with William at Codename: Rainbow Portal CMS Project

"Proved by experience he is thoughtful about things he does. One of most important qualities when you need to meet the future in technology, and choose the right path (one that has the future)."
— Danijel Kecman, Developer, Rainbow Portal, worked directly with William at Codename: Rainbow Portal CMS Project

Activities

Donated time and code to BlogEngine.NET open source project which graciously included it in their repository on CodePlex.

Served as Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce ambassador for over a year and was involved with the Skagit Young Professionals group.

Groups & Associations

Technology Alliance Group
Washington Technology Industry Association
Skagit Young Professionals
Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce
Economic Development Association of Skagit County

Interests (when not coding)

digital photography, reading novels, drinking coffee, people watching

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    Hey, cell phone carriers... So you think our cell coverage is "adequate" in Mount Vernon, huh? Have you seen how many times King 5 dropped

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    About the author

    William L. Forney was born in Pennsylvania and relocated to Washington State in early 1999. His hobbies include all the usual things: movies, books, music, video games, etc. He writes short sci-fi/fantasy stories which will someday be published in the form of small novels.

    Bill's Photograph

    He loves computers and has worked in several different areas from web, multimedia, video and 3D animation to database and windows development.

    Currently he works at Visible Reality, LLC as the lead developer and improvGroup, LLC as a networking consultant.

    He also works with Padgett & Padgett, PLLC, the accounting firm where he setup shop after moving.

    His other blog can be found here.