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view of my professional experiences to prospective employers and
other interested parties.
Below is a more in-depth view into the more "meaningful" work-related
things I've done.
To see a more comprehensive view of everything I've done including timelines, and salary click here.
To view my resumé click here.
The Lawton Company / San Diego Gas & Electric,
Quality Assurance Representative, Vegetation Management:
Inspecting power poles for SDG&E for fire hazards throughout rural
San Diego County and listing the poles into a comprehensive database.
Driving a 4 wheel-drive vehicle off-road and relating policies
and procedures to residents. Inspecting poles that have been cleared
of brush by contractors and working with and relaying information
to help the General Foremen help their crews clear the poles.
Helping the programming team in troubleshooting the hand held
PC computers used to enter pole information.
American Training and Assessment Associates / Dr. Uvaldo H. Palomares:
After working remotely with him for half a year in '96, and early
'97, I moved from Marin to San Jose to live near to and work with
Dr. Palomares full time. He was contracting with a few governmental
agencies, but mostly school districts in Texas and California.
Dr. Palomares and I created a corporation known as American Training
and Assessment Associates. The purpose of this organization is
to provide a training entity separate from Dr. Palomares that
would also provide written materials. In short, ATAA provided
training and manuals and services for numerous workshops in El
Paso, Texas. To see an online catalog for ATAA's services click
here. All legwork and details for incorporating were taken care of
by me as were all of the design and logos for ATAA, documentation
When workshops and retreats were held away from our clients site.
I took care of arranging the accommodations, i.e. hotel rooms,
car rentals, flights etc. and hosting the clients.
In preparation for the workshops. I constructed the manuals around
the agendas that Dr. Palomares and I would decide upon. Using
a format that evolved over time, the manuals were printed and
bound for the participants. The manuals probably averaged 40 pages
long and for groups that averaged around 30.
After workshops, the scores from the workshop evaluations were
compiled and colorful charts with narrative were added along with
the charts and sent (sometimes electronically) to our clients.
For some workshops, conceptual ideas were graphically constructed
and presented with Aldus Persuasion (a Powerpoint type program).
Controlled checking account, writing checks for, and tracking
Invoiced clients for services rendered and materials provided
and tracked receivables.
Dr. Uvaldo H. Palomares:
Conducted all duties of an administrative assistant: answered
phones, filed, sent correspondence, ran errands, kept computers
and electronic tools running smoothly, backed up hard drives.
Prioritized issues for Dr. Palomares' attention (or not). Invoiced
clients by reviewing Dr. Palomares' calendar and sent and tracked
ATAA and Dr. Palomares:
In addition to tracking receivables for both, I categorized receipts
for both and tracked all expenditures, balanced checkbooks and
readied data for tax accountants.
Wrote my own and edited Dr. Palomares' narratives (technical,
anecdotal and correspondence).
Throughout my past, my father, Dr. Uvaldo Palomares has been a
constant professional influence. To ignore this would be to ignore
my professional identity. It is understood that usually when a
son works for a father he gets great pay for doing very little.
Granted, I may have had a few perks but they were easily kept
in check by my father's high expectations and strong work ethic.
Our relationship has been based on a team effort characterized
in short by his knowing something could be done (usually with
computers) and me being the one to research and implement the
Magic Circle / Quantum:
Moved to San Juan Capistrano/San Clemente and worked for Dr. Palomares'
publishing and management consulting companies during the late
80's. This was my first long term exposure to working full time
with my father, and computers (Macintoshes) in a professional
Co-created a system named LADS (Leadership Attributes Development
Series) whereby organizations could increase their management's
efficiency through participants evaluating themselves in a series
of decided upon behavioral criteria. (Usually consisting of about
30 or so of these voted upon 'descriptors'.) The participants
also had three of their subordinates as well as their direct supervisor
evaluate them. All of the scores for all of the criteria were
averaged and plotted on charts that were given to the participants
at a management workshop (led by Dr. Palomares) to give them a
hands-on reality check as to how they perceived themselves in
relation to how those who worked with them perceived their performance.
For each score below a certain point on any criteria by their
supervisor, a recommendation was automatically printed for the
participant, with their charts that gave ideas for improvement
in this area as well as references of books to read to help them.
There were 6 LADS trainings for held for school districts in California
Programs used for LADS were Pagemaker 2.0 for printing the 'descriptors'
upon scantron sheets and for printing workshop manuals. Microsoft
Excel 1.5 and (later) Full Impact 1.x were used to make the scantron
sheet reading, number-crunching, chart creating macros.
Wrote content-rich, procedures, recommendations and letters for
managers and educators.
Created an invoice system using macros that tallied and printed
the invoice sheets while compiling the information into a customer
database. Conducted all duties of an an office manager such as
answering phones, filing, sending correspondence, running errands,
tracking shipping and overseeing warehouse operations, keeping
computers running smoothly and backing up the hard drives. Operated
an aged 300lb, Pitney Bowes printing press for flyer promotions
as well as miscellaneous pages for comb-bound books and workshop
Managed a comprehensive database of all customers and associates
in the U.S. and organized mass mailings of the Magic Circle catalog.
Desktop published the catalog and all flyers.
Trained approximately 7 new employees.
El Señor Ricardo's Tattoos:
For information about art and tattooing click here.
Computers and Communications, Director of Training:
In Humboldt during college, worked primarily as a trainer for
this small computer resale and training shop. Taught classes of
up to six professionals at a time in PC (DOS and Win 3.1) and
Mac environments in whatever versions were most popular during
the early 90's.
General Computer Literacy
General Word Processing
Quicken / QuickBooks