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The best way to predict
the future is to create it
The best way to predict
the future is to create it
Curious Autodidact Creator 1+1=3 Integrator
Curious Autodidact Creator Integrator

I am an interdisciplinary product consultant and manager with over seven years of experience working with diverse clients, in addition to a decade developing and managing applications and IT tools, a series of successful small businesses, and a lifetime learning how to do everything.

With experience in cross-functional technical and business roles, I am able to work efficiently and in-step with all team members, and devise creative solutions that cross disciplines and integrate smoothly.

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Pepperdine Pitch Competition
Experience

1/2014 — PRESENT

PRODUCT CONSULTANT

FREELANCE

Consult on new and existing products, evaluate technical requirements, perform market analyses, devise strategy and roadmaps.

Work with founders and critical decision makers to communicate findings and recommendations, and manage the work needed.


Fixed malfunctioning interactive and mechatronic installations at Nerf Challenge

  • Performed root cause analyses of broken systems, compiled findings and recommended changes.
  • Communicated recommendations to studio head and got approval for changes.
  • Worked with team to perform repairs to systems.

Built online presence for niche CPG

  • Developed brand image, site content and SEO.
  • Provided insights on connecting with specialty markets, designated graphic elements, wrote ad copy and content for packaging.

Built business plan for print publication's online presence

  • Analyzed technology stack, web traffic and existing readership.
  • Compiled report on options for expansion, with related impacts on workflows and readership.

Helped specialized racing equipment manufacturer launch

  • Provided production expertise, identified and implemented efficient processes.
  • Procured key talent to resource the contract.

3/2018 — PRESENT

BOARD MEMBER, PRODUCT DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT

INSIGNAL


Developed core product

  • Assessed feasibility with current LED, heat shedding and battery technologies.
  • Collaborate with co-founders to integrate findings into revisions.
  • Built proofs-of-concept and made iterations on feedback from target users.
  • Work with off shore manufacturer to reduce unit costs and optimize for bulk manufacture.

Developed strategic plans

  • Assessed feasibility in the marketplace of emergency signaling.
  • Researched market cap, penetration and strengths / weaknesses of competitors.
  • Assessed primary value proposition and mapped customer journeys for adoption.
  • Worked with legal counsel to devise IP strategy and wrote core patent claims.

2/2014 — 10/2019,
— PRESENT, HOLDING

CO-FOUNDER

WOOZILLA LLC


Built operations and transformed a scattered property portfolio into a stable operation

  • Made budgets, risk analyses and financial projection models for comparison of opportunities.
  • Managed renovation and restoration projects, co-led Meetup group showcasing progress.
  • Interviewed, hired and managed contractors, property hosts and cleaning crews.

Performed crisis management for unexpected issues

  • Resolved LA Department of Building and Safety compliance matters, worked with city officials, and coordinated necessary work with contractors.
  • Led resolution of legal matters, organized complex documentation, worked with legal counsel, presented, testified and answered for our cases.
  • Addressed contractor fraud with Contractor State License Board, compiled documentation and argued our case.

1/2006 — 1/2014

SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT ANALYST

NORTHROP GRUMMAN


  • Owned product data and lifecycle management systems, administered servers, managed user permissions, coordinated pre-production / production environments, migrated servers and data.
  • Developed tools to automate tasks, simplify system management, and resolve problems.
  • Awarded Playmaker of the Week for root cause analysis and resolution of a failed conversion process, which facilitated an on-time deliverable.

7/2004 — 1/2006

SOFTWARE ENGINEER

ANTCOM


  • Programmed statistic and financial calculator functions.
  • Took over management of company marketplace account, rewrote descriptions to better communicate freemium vs. paid features, reached out to disgruntled users, and improved ratings of the core app to excellent.
  • Wrote and edited manuals for antenna testing systems.
  • QA satellite antennas and built custom test jigs.

Archimedes's Ostomachion
Education
Pepperdine seal

Pepperdine University

Graduated 2013

MBA

Pepperdine seal

Pepperdine University

Graduated 2013

MBA

UCI seal

University of California, Irvine

Graduated 2003

BS INFORMATION AND COMPUTER SCIENCE

UCI seal

University of California, Irvine

Graduated 2003

BS INFORMATION AND COMPUTER SCIENCE

L.A. Makerfaire
Volunteering

6/2020 — PRESENT,
4/2019 — PRESENT

SECRETARY,
BOARD MEMBER

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CRASH SPACE


Led logistics for Crash Space's involvement in LA Makers against COVID

  • Focused our efforts to specific hospital requests, produced over 30,000 face shields and 120,000 ear savers, and began delivery in critical early phases of pandemic.
  • Coordinated distributed print farm via GitHub and Slack. Managed and organized GitHub page for readability and clarity.
  • Established safe inventorying, handling and assembly processes, and led volunteer sessions.
  • Informed team and public of progress and pivots in weekly meetings.
  • Resolved filament shortage with a pitch to 3D Printlife for donation.
  • Resolved elastic shortages with redesigns and validations of modified components which reduced the amount needed and allowed use of mishmash sizes.

501c3 Operations

  • Record minutes, general meeting notes and perform compliance duties as secretary.
  • Represent organization at events promoting STEAM education, careers and project showcasing.
  • Help direct organization's mission in monthly board meetings.

7/2016 — 8/2019

DOG FOSTERER / ADOPTION EVENT VOLUNTEER

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MUCH LOVE ANIMAL RESCUE


  • Cared for and socialized dogs.
  • Staffed weekly adoption events and brought passers-by in to consider adoption or donation.
  • Dog handler for Denim & Dogs pilot.

7/2014 — 6/2015

TEACHER / CURRICULUM DEVELOPER

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MICROSOFT TEALS


  • Taught intro to programming for 11th grade students.
  • Developed curriculum for schools with fledgling computer science education.

6/2006 — 10/2013

CAREGIVER

Five stars rating in night sky
Recommendations

"One of the most impressive feats is Shaun's ability to take high level engineering terms and explanations down to a level where I (a non-engineer) could easily understand and process."

Shaun is an absolute pleasure to work with! Extremely competent and knowledgeable electronics engineer and designer. Shaun was able to take a conversation and napkin sketch into fully functional prototypes on such a quick timeline.

He has the expertise to conduct thorough market / competitive evaluation on existing products, successfully implementing significant product improvements leading to competitive advantages for our product.

One of the most impressive feats is Shaun's ability to take high level engineering terms and explanations down to a level where I (a non-engineer) could easily understand and process.

Dennis Wang

Director of Product Development, Kenvox; Co-Founder, Insignal


"Shaun is an incredible asset, and I highly recommend him to anyone with a technical problem they thought was unsolvable!"

I run a nonprofit which teaches underserved kids STEAM skills in public library branches. We've never been able to offer kids any Arduino-like microcontroller projects, because of the $20+ cost of even an Arduino Nano. This had been a pain point for us for many years. This all changed after a casual conversation with Shaun, who went off and created a full kit with microcontroller, breadboard, LED display, its own codebase, and the ability to play Simon, Rock-Paper-Scissors, and Operation (so far), all for under $6. To say we are blown away (and very grateful) would be putting it mildly. Not to mention - Shaun is incredibly kind and fun to work with in addition to being a genius.

Long story short - Shaun is an incredible asset, and I highly recommend him to anyone with a technical problem they thought was unsolvable!

Mya Stark

Director, LA Makerspace
Sierra Nevada mountain backpacking
Elsewhere
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LinkedIn

Connect for professional matters & inquiries.

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LinkedIn

Connect for professional matters & inquiries.

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GitHub

Some of my coding / COVID projects.

GitHub logo

GitHub

Some of my coding / COVID projects.

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Thingiverse

Some of my CAD / 3D printed designs, builds and utilities.

Thingiverse logo

Thingiverse

Some of my CAD / 3D printed designs, builds and utilities.

Contact me