Patrick G Howard

Patrick G Howard

Program & Project Manager | Communication Expert | Mentor | Problem Solver ★ Bringing Order to Chaos ★

Location
Houston, Texas Area
Industry
Management Consulting

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Patrick G Howard's Overview

Past
  • Network Project / Program Manager at Ericsson
  • President / Owner at The Syzygy Group
  • Technical Project Manager at Sprint Nextel
  • Technical Project Manager at Nextel
  • Manager, Fixed Network Engineering at Nextel
  • Senior Fixed Network Engineer at Nextel
  • Fixed Network Engineer at Nextel
  • Interconnect Engineer at Nextel
  • Interconnect Coordinator at Nextel
  • Litigation Support Paralegal at Self Employed
Education
Connections

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Patrick G Howard's Summary

SUMMARY:

Experienced project and program manager with a reputation for completing complex technical projects accurately and on time, with minimal impact to the customer.

Recognized communication expert with the ability to explain advanced concepts to any audience at their level of understanding.

Skilled problem solver, with a reputation of delivering value and bringing order to chaos by analyzing the unique needs of each situation, crafting and implementing creative solutions, and empowering stakeholders to exceed their objectives.

CORE COMPETENCIES:

Technical Acumen – Able to leverage extensive experience and knowledge to quickly understand complex technical concepts.

Business Intelligence – Understands all facets of operating a business. Adept at identifying friction points and identifying solutions to aid in operational efficiency.

Project & Program Management – Reputation for completing complex technical projects accurately and on time, with minimal impact to the customer.

Problem Solving – Uncommon ability to analyze a situation, and devise and implement the best solution for all stakeholders.

Strategic Planning – Known for seeing the forest and the trees, and surveying the best path to the organizational goal.

Writing – An expert at conveying simple to complex topics, to a reader of any level. Skilled at using a simple graphic to convey a thousand words.

Wordsmith – Adept at finding the perfect word or phrase to describe any concept.

Public Speaking – An accomplished speaker, who is equally at ease when speaking to an audience of one, or to a packed auditorium.

Social Media Expert – Knowledgeable in the proper use of social media as a marketing tool. Widely known for my “How to Get Noticed on Linked In” seminar.

Leadership – A model team player, who will take charge and steer an organization to its objective.

Patrick G Howard's Experience

Network Project / Program Manager

Ericsson

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; ERIC; Telecommunications industry

May 2011March 2014 (2 years 11 months) Spring, Texas

• Supervised projects from start to finish, interacting with internal and external stakeholders.

• Defined project scope, assigned milestones and developed delivery plans that identified required material and human resources, assigned deliverables and ensured timely completion within budget.

• Facilitated collaboration and communication across functional areas of project status and deliverables, focusing on difficulties that have the potential to jeopardize key milestones.

• Solved challenges of diverse scope by analyzing and evaluating data, and demonstrating good judgment in implementing methods and techniques for a successful resolution.


SELECTED ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Developed automated Excel tool, to analyze large amounts of data and output to a meaningful report, freeing up two hours per week versus the previous manual method.

Created Excel report and charts to assist the reader in visualizing LOE and milestone intervals across 8,000 completed projects, allowing managers to accurately forecast workflow and resource needs.

President / Owner

The Syzygy Group

March 2007May 2011 (4 years 3 months) Spring, Texas

• Coached clients on a variety of business topics – capital acquisition, business entity selection, business model selection, startup, networking, marketing, rescue.

• Consulted with aspiring entrepreneurs to help them define their business, financial and lifestyle goals, and introduce them to franchise and business opportunities that meet their objectives.

• Developed branding and online marketing strategies for new and existing business owners that are congruent with their mission, vision, values, culture and budget.


SELECTED ACCOMPLISHMENT:

Devised the "100 Reasons to Choose™" marketing system, which integrates online, on air and print media advertising, and gives employees talking points for use during customer facing interactions. This system produces a consistent message that binds the marketing pieces together, and provides sales staff with an arsenal of effective calls to action resulting in enhanced conversion rates.

Technical Project Manager

Sprint Nextel

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; S; Telecommunications industry

August 2005March 2007 (1 year 8 months)

• Managed all first office application, general release software deployment and major equipment upgrade projects for the Mid South Area.

• Administered special programs including retuning radios for the FCC re-banding mandate, and several “get well” programs across the South Region.

• Synchronized planning, response and contingency efforts of stakeholders across multiple organizations, companies and agencies for emergencies in the South Region markets.


SELECTED ACCOMPLISHMENT:

Managed the re-tuning of more than 10,000 base radios across the South Region, to comply with the frequency exchange agreement between Nextel and the Federal Communications Commission.

Technical Project Manager

Nextel

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; S; Telecommunications industry

May 2004August 2005 (1 year 4 months)

• Managed all first office application, general release software deployment and major equipment upgrade projects for the Mid South Area.

• Administered special programs including retuning radios for the FCC re-banding mandate, and several “get well” programs across the South Region.

• Synchronized planning, response and contingency efforts of stakeholders across multiple organizations, companies and agencies for emergencies in the South Region markets.

Manager, Fixed Network Engineering

Nextel

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; S; Telecommunications industry

May 2001May 2004 (3 years 1 month)

• Managed projects and programs in the Mid South Area, including software and equipment upgrades, as well as the construction and integration of new switches into the national network.

• Designed and implemented the least cost dialing and routing plan for the Mid South network.

• Engineered traffic and network based on actual and forecasted subscriber metrics.

Senior Fixed Network Engineer

Nextel

August 2000May 2001 (10 months)

• Managed projects and programs in the Mid South Area, including software and equipment upgrades, as well as the construction and integration of new switches into the national network.

• Designed and implemented the least cost dialing and routing plan for the Mid South network.

• Engineered traffic and network based on actual and forecasted subscriber metrics.


SELECTED ACCOMPLISHMENT:

Developed an Access algorithm that gleaned new codes from the Bellcore Local Exchange Routing Guide each month, applied the Least Cost Routing paradigm, and created the proper switch instructions, which reduced technician data entry efforts by 240 hours each month across the Texas switches.

Modified the monthly Access code maintenance algorithm to apply Least Cost Routing paradigm to all codes in the Local Exchange Routing Guide, creating the proper global routing for each switch, resulting in an initial reduction of 99.5%, and an ongoing rate of less than .05% for customer dialing trouble tickets across Texas.

Fixed Network Engineer

Nextel

November 1997August 2000 (2 years 10 months)

• Managed projects and programs in the Mid South Area, including software and equipment upgrades, as well as the construction and integration of new switches into the national network.

• Designed and implemented the least cost dialing and routing plan for the Mid South network.

• Engineered traffic and network based on actual and forecasted subscriber metrics.


SELECTED ACCOMPLISHMENT:

Company Saves $6.8 Million – Developed and implemented the Least Cost Routing plan for the Nextel Texas switches. This plan employed vectored local, interexchange and interoffice trunking to reduce interconnection charges to the Public Switched Telephone Network. Implementation of the dial plan saved the company $6,800,000 during the first year.

Interconnect Engineer

Nextel

May 1997November 1997 (7 months)

• Designed and provisioned hi-cap circuits in Texas and Oklahoma networks, including trunks, cell site T-1’s, SONET rings and inter-switch OC-48.

• Provisioned Central Office Codes for Texas and Oklahoma markets.

• Facilitated 9-1-1 interconnection arrangements with local public safety agencies across Texas.

Interconnect Coordinator

Nextel

December 1996May 1997 (6 months)

• Designed and provisioned hi-cap circuits in Texas and Oklahoma networks, including trunks, cell site T-1’s, SONET rings and inter-switch OC-48.

• Provisioned Central Office Codes for Texas and Oklahoma markets.

• Facilitated 9-1-1 interconnection arrangements with local public safety agencies across Texas.

SELECTED ACCOMPLISHMENT:

Developed the TEXSINS (TEXas Site Information System) database to track and manage site construction milestones, from beginning to on air date. This system allowed Nextel to meet their friendly subscriber launch date of March 1997 for the Houston and Dallas / Fort Worth markets, and August 1997 for the Austin and San Antonio markets.

Litigation Support Paralegal

Self Employed

August 1991November 1996 (5 years 4 months)

• Coded documents for discovery for suit where land owners claimed that an oil company contaminated their aquifer.

• Created Access database to manage discovery for suit where more than 700 patients claimed that one hospital and more than 100 doctors committed insurance fraud.

• Coded documents for trial regarding a 40 year old dispute between an oil company and a government agency.

• Supervised team of paralegals that labeled and coded discovery for trial regarding a breach of partnership agreement between a major airline, a car rental company, two hotel companies and a travel reservation company.

Patrick G Howard's Organizations

  • Laff Masters Toastmasters

    Immediate Past President (Current); President (2013 - 2014): Sergeant at Arms (2012 - 2013)
    • June 2012 to Present
  • St. Timothy Anglican Church

    Vestry (2013 - 2016); Patterns Gift Chair, Capital Campaign (2013); Diocese Synod Delegate (2012 - 2014)
    • January 2012 to Present

Patrick G Howard's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • Volunteer

      The WorkFaith Connection
      • Economic Empowerment
      April 2011 April 2013 (2 years 1 month)

      Motivational Speaking, Producing Training Materials

  • Volunteer Interests

    • Causes I care about:

      • Economic Empowerment
      • Education
      • Poverty Alleviation
    • Organizations I support:

      • The WorkFaith Connection
      • Between Jobs Ministry
      • Houston Symphonic Band

Patrick G Howard's Skills & Expertise

  1. Program Management
  2. Project Management
  3. Public Speaking
  4. Coaching
  5. Consulting
  6. Entrepreneurship
  7. Franchise Consulting
  8. Start-ups
  9. Communication
  10. Microsoft Office
  11. Leadership
  12. Management
  13. Strategic Planning
  14. Project Planning
  15. Marketing Strategy
  16. Leadership Development
  17. Process Improvement
  18. Business Analysis
  19. Small Business
  20. Social Networking
  21. Social Media Marketing
  22. Business Strategy
  23. Budgets
  24. Time Management
  25. Strategy
  26. Social Media
  27. Analysis
  28. Telecommunications

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Patrick G Howard's Education

Baylor University

BBA, Marketing, Management, Statistics

19771981

Bachelor of Business Administration; Concentrating in Marketing, Management and Statistics

Baylor University - Hankamer School of Business

Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing, Management, Statistics

19771981

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