Christopher Hood

Christopher Hood

Sr. Software Developer

Location
Scottsdale, Arizona (Phoenix, Arizona Area)
Industry
Information Technology and Services

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Christopher Hood's Overview

Current
Past
  • Principal at Code Garage
  • Software Developer at Trax Tech
  • Microsoft Systems Engineer, Manager, Executive Sales Rep. at PAR Tech
  • PGA Class A Golf Professional, Supervisor at Marriott Golf Division, Inc.
  • Executive Research Analyst at Associates National Bank
  • Educational Leadership Consultant at Lambda Chi Alpha International General Fraternity
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Christopher Hood's Summary

I am a Senior Consultant for Software Development with an international consultancy, with my office located in Scottsdale, AZ.. I have over 18 years of experience with managing, consulting and software development projects and technology initiatives. I specialize in .Net Development using C#. I also have extensive experience in managing technology projects beyond the scope of pure development. My experience spans across project management, training, consulting, development, 3 tier architecture, testing, data modeling, and support. My industry experience includes Banking, Financial Services, Utilities, Wholesale Distribution, Supply Chain Logistics and the Non-Profit Sector. My experience across industry, applications and tools and my passion for effective and proactive communication helps me to elevate overall team production and cohesiveness to efficiently deliver business solutions ahead of schedule and under budget.

Christopher Hood's Experience

Sr. Software Consultant

Business & Decision North America

Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; Information Technology and Services industry

November 2011Present (2 years 11 months) Scottsdale, Arizona

Projects Include:

British based company providing customized Case Management Solutions globally for criminal justice and policing systems, November 2013 - Present

Initially assisted with the final implementation of a customized solution for the State of Maryland. Worked with multiple development teams in France, Tunisia, Belgium, England and the United States. Recently assigned to a brand new development project for state agencies that management substance abuse recovery programs. We are targeting the latest .Net technologies, Javascript frameworks, including AngularJS and Node.js, and ALM best practices.

Publicly traded company delivering SaaS to Utilities, April 2012 – November 2013

Responsible for shepherding of production .Net web services/sites, and leading on system integrations with other enterprise level systems. Initially, I was heavily involved in an aggressive time frame for a .Net (C#) development project that was put into production in a short seven months, providing a complete suite of services for managing and billing utility customers. Built on the Microsoft stack( SQL Server, WCF, using SOA and MVC and MVVM patterns. JQuery, JSON and Knockout.JS employed on the front end, and SVN utilized for source control.

A Public Sector State Department, Nov 2011 – April 2012

Client is a Department for the State of Arizona, who is partnering with another local government entity which has been awarded a 55 million dollar grant for development of a brand new metrics based system that will aim to raise the scoring of end product metrics through the identification and implementation of targeted professional development opportunities and compensatory reward systems. Utilized the Microsoft Stack, including TFS, WCF, SOA architecture and Web Forms. Initial production release received outstanding reviews. Requirements based task definition of all work was employed using Application Lifecycle Management best practices (ALM) and the CMMI Template.

Principal

Code Garage

2005November 2011 (6 years)

Providing Private Consulting in Software Development and Technology

Client: A Wholesale Distribution Company in the Flooring Industry Jan 2007 - Nov 2011
Role: Director of Information Technology
Managed all aspects of technology across 35 locations and 7 states, utilizing various low cost cloud based services. Instituted a .Net based CMS and Sharepoint 2007 to enhance collaboration and engagement for all employees and executives. Business Process Mapping (BMP) as part of a proposed migration to Microsoft Dynamics. Negotiated new strategic carrier agreement that allowed for easy migration to a VOIP system in the future without the need for any upfront costs. Training and coaching employees on the use of new technologies.

Clients: Various non-profit entities across the U.S. Jan 2007 - Present
Role: Website Designer
Providing Website Design, configuration and deployment using various popular CMS systems (DotNetNuke, WordPress) to non-profit faith-based organizations.

Client: A Major U.S. Bank June 2006-Jan 2007
Role: Sr. Software Developer
Responsible for design and development of a new system in .Net to validate/normalize flat files for deriving reports. Served as Team Lead for architecture and development of an Asp.Net document management system supportable for enterprise-wide solutions, which entailed assimilating three separate applications developed in various languages, both win-form and web-based, into a single application. A smaller project included assisting in the re-factoring of VB6 code to C# for a particular in-house process.

Client: A Financial Services Start up, Aug 2005 – May 2006
Role: Sr. Software Developer
Refactored and extended existing web app in C#, as well as developing normalized SQL table structures, Views, and Stored Procs. Code refactored to 3-tier best practices. Developed an original framework utilized for Testing and Debugging which provided views of all state throughout a thread's execution.

Software Developer

Trax Tech

Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Logistics and Supply Chain industry

July 1999August 2005 (6 years 2 months) Scottsdale, AZ.

At this SaaS provider of logistics-spend management solutions, I began developing with .Net (C#) back in 2000 when it was still in beta. VB6 was used widespread in the development of in-house processes and utilities as well. I shepherded a suite of 12 VB6 core component dlls for all aspects of high volume business processes, where I maintained version control and all bug fixes. Developed and maintained a VB6 application for attaching relationships between freight bill information and scanned paper images, making them available to customers for online look up, as well as a generic .Net XML configuration based SQL data extraction utility. Designed and developed an automated monitoring utility to identify websites that contained stale data, attempt to automatically refresh the data, and if not successful after reaching a threshold - to finally push an alert to Operations Dept. personnel to resolve.

From a relational database standpoint, I developed normalized SQL databases, created views, stored procedures and leveraged BCP for extracting large amounts of data. Designed and developed a system for receiving data feeds as attachments and moving them to appropriate network locations for later parsing. This included pushing alerts to internal contacts via email. Also made myself visible to the customer, providing level I & II support for technologies as needed. Where possible, I documented, trained and transferred level I support to customer support and process operations teams.

Microsoft Systems Engineer, Manager, Executive Sales Rep.

PAR Tech

January 1997July 1999 (2 years 7 months) Scottsdale, AZ

Held numerous roles during my tenure at Par Technologies. As a Sales Representative, Imarketed software, hardware and peripherals to educational institutions throughout the United States. As a manager and hardware systems engineer, I assisted with the creation and management of a network services division for PAR Tech, as well as performing MCSE tasks for clients out in the field.

PGA Class A Golf Professional, Supervisor

Marriott Golf Division, Inc.

November 1991January 1997 (5 years 3 months) Scottsdale, AZ.

In addition to managing day to day operations for highly visible and well-known clubs, I supervised a staff of 25 employees, and successfully ran several private membership tournament seasons. I was also very involved in the community and volunteered time by introducing golf to juniors for the Southwest PGA Section. Managed sales and customer satisfaction, taught private lessons as well as clinics, and won the PGA Top 100 Golf Shops of America Award for Marriott’s Camelback Golf Club.

Executive Research Analyst

Associates National Bank

June 1990November 1991 (1 year 6 months) Pleasanton, CA.

Served as a Research Analyst, building over ten thousand cases for claims of fraudulent and/or erroneous charges to customer accounts. Toward the end of my tenure with the bank, I handled Executive/premium tier accounts, and was named Employee of the Month for the Pleasanton, CA. office containing over 400 employees.

Educational Leadership Consultant

Lambda Chi Alpha International General Fraternity

June 1989June 1990 (1 year 1 month) Indianapolis, IN.

Visited more than sixty-five chapters at colleges and universities throughout the United States. Met, advised, taught and counseled thousands of student members on a variety of undergraduate programs and problems including recruitment/sales techniques, business management and bookkeeping, alcohol and drug awareness programs, scholastic and cultural affairs, community service programs, membership education, alumni affairs, fund-raising, conduct and disciplinary problems, legal liabilities, and many more. Developed audio-visual programs for leadership conferences as well as conference, convention and leadership school planning for groups ranging from 20 to 800 people; development of training manuals. Conducted numerous leadership training workshops. Upon the completion of my one year post I was presented with the Distinguished Service Award for my outstanding efforts.

Christopher Hood's Certifications

  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer

    • Prometric
    • License 9917701
    • May 2013

Christopher Hood's Skills & Expertise

  1. Workflow Foundation
  2. C#
  3. Design Patterns
  4. Web Applications
  5. TFS
  6. ALM
  7. Microsoft SQL Server
  8. SharePoint
  9. .NET
  10. Software Development
  11. ASP.NET
  12. Databases
  13. WCF
  14. Integration
  15. Agile Methodologies
  16. Entity Framework
  17. WF

Christopher Hood's Education

Oklahoma State University

Bachelor of Science (BS), Management Science and Computer Systems

Activities and Societies: OSU Ambassadors, Intra-Fraternity Council, Meals On Wheels, Homecoming steering committees

Christopher Hood's Additional Information

Interests:

Minimalism: Living with less - and only the best; Lifehacking; Helping Others; Healthy Living;

Christopher Hood's Honors and Awards

  • Finisher

    Ironman Arizona
    • April 2005
  • Finisher

    SOMA Half-Ironman
    • October 2004
  • Employee of the Year

    Marriott's Camelback Inn and Resort
    • December 1992

    Probably my proudest achievement was, as a PGA Golf Professional, being awarded the 1992 Employee of the Year Award for Marriott’s Camelback Inn and Resort, which is Marriott’s most highly decorated and distinguished resort in the world.

  • Employee of the Month

    Associates National Bank
    • June 1991

    Selected from over 400 employees as the Employee of the Month for this financial institution's Pleasanton, California office in 1991.

  • Distinquished Service Award

    Lambda Chi Alpha International General Fraternity
    • June 1990

    Received for my role as an Educational Leadership Consultant to over 60 university and college chapters across the United States.

Christopher Hood's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • Secretary and Member of the Board of Directors

      A local faith-based organization
      January 2007 September 2011 (4 years 9 months)

      Served on the Board of Directors for a local faith-based organization. Worked with other members of the Board to develop the organization's Governance Policy Manual, using the John Carver Governance Model. Served as Secretary from January 2008 through the end of my tenure in September 2011.

    • Implementor

      ServantHood
      • Disaster and Humanitarian Relief
      May 2008 present (6 years 5 months)

      This was a personal project that I was inspired to create from scratch based on my compassion for those who - for any reason - have become destitute. I designed, shopped, purchased and assembled over 500 'Summer Survival Kits' for the Valley homeless, which contained about 12 different supplies that could provide a small measure of aid to those battling the heat in Phoenix over the summer. The most valuable supply I provided in my view however, was information. I created waterproof, business card sized information slips that provided information on how they could call free anywhere and get information regarding the nearest shelter with available beds and food. Thankfully, I received a substantial portion of aid from a local faith-based organization to cover the costs of supplies.

  • Volunteer Interests

    • Causes I care about:

      • Poverty Alleviation
      • Science and Technology
    • Organizations I support:

      • Be The Match operated by National Marrow Donor Program

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