Russell Gifford

Russell Gifford

Database Report Writer at Cloverleaf Cold Storage

Greater New York City Area
Information Technology and Services

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Russell Gifford's Overview

  • Software Training Professional at 1Staff Training & Development
  • Feature writer at The Weekender Magazine
  • Communications Director at Center for Rural Affairs
  • Training Specialist at Gateway
  • Regional Manager at Jones Intercable / CableONE

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Russell Gifford's Summary

I specialize in communication of information and ideas. In training, teaching, or business, successful communication leads to detailed understanding of the needs of the moment with an eye on future requirements. The goal is to get people to take the 'long view' and avoid the repetition of costly mistakes made through hurried fixes or poor planning.

Russell Gifford's Experience

Instructional Designer and Guest Instructor, Lifelong Learning

Western Iowa Tech Community College

Educational Institution; 501-1000 employees; Higher Education industry

January 2004Present (10 years 9 months) Sioux City, Iowa Area

Multi-media presentations and seminars on subjects surrounding American History.

My tenth year with WIT included an incredibly successful 15 part examination of "The Great War: 1914-1918", a detailed look at the disaster that set the course for the 20th Century. The fall term followed the "Founding Fathers" from 1750 to 1800, through the Revolution, the Constitutional crisis, and the beginning of the new nation. Both series were funded by a generous grant from the Kind World Foundation. Other highly successful series during my past ten years include "Iowa During the American Civil War"; "Khrushchev in Iowa: 1959"; (both funded by Humanities Iowa grants); "Picturing America" (funded in part by a National Endowment for the Arts grant);"The Roots of the Civil Rights Movement"; "JFK and the Campaign that Changed America"; (Submitted for Iowa Lifelong Learning grant); "When the Walls Came Down: Examining the History and the Impact of the Berlin Wall"; and nearly 100 others.

Interactive delivery with extensive background provided by historical documents, my 20th century programs include use of period media as well. The goal is to shine a light on areas of history that continue to shape America today, and to get the participant to view it as the people of the time saw events unfold. When we understand why particular decisions were made, and the results, we can truly judge what the options were.

Database Report Writer

Cloverleaf Cold Storage

Warehousing industry

June 2014Present (4 months) Sioux City, Iowa Area

Utilizing my experience with SQL Server Reporting Services to create new reports for this nationwide corporation. Over the course of the next six months I will manage the migration and redevelopment of existing Crystal Reports to an SSRS platform and reconfigure workflow triggers to automate the check-in process for this industry leader.

Applications Admin / Analyst

West Corporation

Privately Held; 10,001+ employees; Telecommunications industry

October 2012May 2014 (1 year 8 months) Omaha, NE

As a catalyst for change, I leverage my computer skills via my training abilities to move the organization from 'fixing things that break' toward a concept of 'anticipating problems.' The goal - to solve them before the issue manifests as 'broken' and how to train these new skills. Successes included reducing failures in the reporting services by nearly 50%. Projects included troubleshooting, then replacing a problematic reporting situation and the migration of Crystal Reports to a new platform with minimal client disruption.

Training and Development Professional

Custom Computer Specialists

Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Information Technology and Services industry

November 2007October 2012 (5 years) Greater New York City Area

Experienced leader at creating and delivering transformative face-to-face and computer-delivered distant education training. Currently certified in Infinite Campus and Conexsys' HI-IQ products, and recognized by Microsoft as a Master Instructor.

With over 200 events a year, I hone my skills constantly. My classes and trainings are crafted with knowledge born of experience in what moves people to strive and to succeed!


Gifford & Associates

January 2000December 2007 (8 years)

Business services in the areas of technology: custom software development, technology and network planning/installations, web/ecommerce expansion, and employee development via software application training. Clients included public agencies, corporations and not for profit groups.

Software Training Professional

1Staff Training & Development

April 2007November 2007 (8 months)

Freelance computer applications training specialist for this leading Omaha business.

Feature writer

The Weekender Magazine

June 2002December 2005 (3 years 7 months)

Freelance author for numerous publications. Major articles for The Weekender magazine. Over 300 published pieces, Includes in-depth analysis, multi-issue series, and short and long feature articles.

Communications Director

Center for Rural Affairs

May 2004June 2005 (1 year 2 months)

Communications director for this leading rural advocacy group.

Training Specialist


Privately Held; 5001-10,000 employees; Computer Hardware industry

April 2002April 2004 (2 years 1 month)

Applications specialist, delivering computer training for corporate users on hardware and software applications. I trained users in South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa.

Regional Manager

Jones Intercable / CableONE

March 1980September 2000 (20 years 7 months)

Regional Manager for final 10 years (with Jones and TelePartners).
Awards include Sam Walton Awards for Best Customer Service and national recognition as one of industry's leading innovators.Marketing Director / regional marketing for 3 years.Video Producer, Production Manager first 7 years;

Russell Gifford's Projects

  • Courses Created by Gifford

    • September 2010 to Present
    Team Members: Russell Gifford

    These are courses I've created and delivered as an instructor at Western Iowa Tech Community College, and other colleges.

Russell Gifford's Skills & Expertise

  1. Database Solutions
  2. Business Management
  3. Data Analysis
  4. VBA
  5. Balanced Scorecard
  6. SQL
  7. Group Presentations
  8. Instructional Design
  9. Microsoft Excel
  10. Databases
  11. Management
  12. Leadership
  13. E-Learning
  14. Program Management
  15. Staff Development
  16. Project Planning
  17. Dashboard
  18. Public Speaking
  19. Teaching
  20. Training
  21. Marketing
  22. Curriculum Design
  23. Change Management
  24. Instructor-led Training
  25. Educational Technology
  26. Instructional Technology
  27. Project Management
  28. Curriculum Development
  29. Distance Learning
  30. Higher Education
  31. Leadership Development
  32. Needs Analysis
  33. Access
  34. Technical Writing
  35. Adult Education
  36. Analysis
  37. Team Building
  38. Blended Learning
  39. Organizational Development
  40. System Administration
  41. Learning Management Systems
  42. Software Documentation
  43. Networking
  44. Budgets
  45. Customer Service
  46. Coaching
  47. SharePoint
  48. ADDIE
  49. Sales
  50. Career Development

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Russell Gifford's Education

Thomas College

Graduate studies in Distant Education


New York University

Training and Development


Wayne State College



Activities and Societies: Newspaper

Morningside College



Activities and Societies: Columnist for the CR.

Russell Gifford's Additional Information


American history and historical gaming enthusiast. Also produce training CD's on CD-ROMs, with lectures and limited animation graphics. (see website)

Groups and Associations:

Sioux City History Day advisory board 2003-2008 Great Plains Radio advisory board 2007- 2011 South Sioux City Council member 1996 - 2000 South Sioux City Chamber of Commerce board 1993 - 1996 Avaloncon Advisory Board 1991-1998 (Baltimore, MD.) Sioux City Press Club

Honors and Awards:

2013: 'All Star' Instructor Award, Western Iowa Tech
2011: Distinguished Instructor Award, Western Iowa Tech
2011, 2012, 2013: Selected presenter, the annual Dr. Robert E. Dunker Continuing Education Lectures.
2003: REAP Small Business Leadership Award
2002, 2003: Spotlight Award, Gateway Education
2000: National Community Service Award (with stipend)
1998: Sam Walton Business Leadership Award
1996: Avaloncon Hall of Fame
1993: MAGE Hall of Fame

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