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John Lara

Chief Information Officer at The Nexxus Group

Location
Greater Boston Area
Industry
Management Consulting
Previous
  1. MAXIMUS Incorporated,
  2. Independent Consultant,
  3. Taproot Foundation
Education
  1. Boston University
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Background

Summary

Passionate about building profitable customer-centric solutions through solid project and team leadership, promoting team creativity, developing a comprehensive plan, steering project execution and defining measures for success and improvement.

John founded and managed an Internet technology startup from inception through acquisition by a publicly held company.

Specialties: E-business, mission-critical web site architecture and production, Internet marketing, software architecture, system architecture, software development.

Experience

Chief Information Officer

The Nexxus Group
– Present (11 months)Danvers, MA

As CIO at The Nexxus Group, I am responsible for application architecture and development, infrastructure and security, technology governance and strategic planning.

The Nexxus Group has been at the forefront of industry innovation for more than a decade as a technology and business service company providing Scan Based Trading solutions for more than 85 retailers at 45,000 locations in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Our solution suite provides clients with more efficient and effective product category management while yielding increased sales and lowered supply chain costs via data exchange, sales and margin reporting, and consolidated billing.

Consultant

MAXIMUS Incorporated
(2 years 5 months)

 Collaborated with Executive team to prepare $85M proposal for delivery of medical services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
 Managed high-volume data entry subcontractor evaluation, selection and negotiation.
 Created $2.2M in savings through business process reengineering and spearheading new online communication initiatives.

Consultant

Independent Consultant
(3 years)

 Gorton’s Seafood (3 years): Managed and optimized Google and Yahoo pay-per-click campaigns for peak holiday seasons.
 Thompson Island Outward Bound: Collaborated with client’s team to define web functionality, establish new look-and-feel and deploy site using WordPress content management system. Authored manual for site maintenance and troubleshooting.
 Associated Grant Makers: Developed and delivered half-day seminars for non-profits to help them increase donations and understand and use social media and other Internet technologies.
For Myriad Incorporated, strategic design and interactive solutions firm:
 Partner’s HealthCare Compass Learning Initiative: Project manager for 8 month deployment of internal learning system built in Articulate Presenter, delivered on-time and within budget.
 Harvard Kennedy School Kokkalis Program: Definition and development of custom SQL database application to enable social connections for program alumni via the Internet.
 MIT Agelab, Jobs for the Future, Cambridge Housing Authority, Teach-Plus, Mass2020: Project manager coordinating development of new Drupal and WordPress based web sites.

Account Director

Taproot Foundation
(1 year 1 month)

Managed advanced web development project for Families First Parenting Programs, a Boston area non-profit. Staffed and managed multidisciplinary development team and worked with Families First to insure clear goals and expectations for delivery.

Chief Technologist

Wireless Informatics LLC
(2 years)

 Managed Internet hosting, monitoring and voice response systems. Scaled system from 5,000 to 500,000 subscribers by architecting new infrastructure and software then coordinating two software developers during implementation.
 Established service level monitoring for distributed environment and PCI Security Standard Compliance for online financial transactions.

Principal

Lara Specialty Tools
(5 years)

 Launched online merchandising site to bring high-quality hand tools from Europe to the U.S. marketplace. Grew online sales business from zero to 20,000 customers, 400 products and $1M in sales.
 Implemented multichannel sales through eBay, Amazon.com, Yahoo Stores and Google’s Froogle using data feeds and XML SOAP interfaces.
 Defined and maximized pay-per-click (PPC) Google AdWords and Yahoo Search campaigns to deliver qualified prospects and highest returns at lowest possible ad spends.

Vice President

Plaut AG
(1 year 1 month)

Lara Consulting Group purchased by Plaut. Vice President responsible for Web Services and Delivery.

President

Lara Consulting Group
(5 years 1 month)

 Founded company to develop business solutions delivered through emerging Internet technology.
 Grew company to 18 employees servicing over 50 clients and producing $2M revenue per year.
 Managed all facets of business including strategic planning, mentoring, sales, marketing and operations.
 Negotiated acquisition by publicly held German consulting company Plaut AG in 2000.

Major clients included:
OSRAM Sylvania Corporation
Genzyme Corporation
Harvard Business School
Harvard Executive Education
Cannondale Bicycles
BBN/Genuity Corporation
Olsten Corporation
Massachusetts Society of CPAs

Senior Software Architect

XLI Corporation
(2 years)

Specified and developed printing systems for PC based PostScript interpreter pagination system. Worked with vendors to integrate software and hardware components of the system and develop and manage quality assurance before delivery to customers.

Partner

Contone Consulting Company
(5 years 1 month)

Delivered technology consulting to high-end printing and publishing software suppliers. Worked with partner and contractors on positioning, sales and delivery of over 20 completed software systems.

Major clients included:
Kodak Newspaper System
Dupont Electronics Incorporated
AGFA Corporation
Sun Microsystems
Wang Laboratories
The Foxboro Company

Senior Software Architect

AGFA Corporation
(2 years 1 month)

Developed software architecture and directed team of software engineers in the development of cold typography pagination systems. Developed architectural data flow models and software functional definitions. Led four development engineers in the implementation and delivery of systems to customers.

Software Development and Installation Manager

Hell Graphics Systems
(4 years)

Directed software development for newspaper publishing software, creating enhanced features and interfaces in response to customer needs. Oversaw team of six software engineers responsible for site installation and configuration for U.S. and Canadian customers.

Software Engineer

Electronics Corporation of America
(2 years 1 month)

Developed microprocessor color graphics program for distributed microprocessor controlled control systems for power plants.

Skills

  • Software Development
  • Architecture
  • Web Development
  • Integration
  • Business Intelligence
  • Program Management
  • Project Management
  • XML
  • Management
  • Start-ups
  • Architectures
  • Mobile Applications
  • Team Leadership
  • Quality Assurance
  • Consulting
  • Business Analysis
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