Russell Gorton

214 Bristol Ave NW
Grand Rapids MI 49504


project management or systems architect role using my broad software technology background and unique ability to communicate with technical staff as well as business managers

Relevant Skills:

  • complete lifecycle of software development from concept to delivery
  • experienced in multiple software development methodologies (iterative, waterfall, Agile/XP)
  • developed business solutions for groupware, CRM, and ERP/process management in communications, advertising, wholesaling/brokerage, catalog/retail, manufacturing supply chain, construction, and the non-profit sector
  • database design, administration, and entity-relationship diagramming
  • web programming in both procedural and object-oriented (MVC) styles
  • excellent oral presentation skills and ability to create documentation
  • rare talent for facilitating interaction between programmers and non-technical managers

Specific Technology Expertise:

  • Structured Query Language (MySQL and T-SQL / MS-SQL)
  • Javascript/AJAX/DOM
  • XML/XHTML/CSS and web standards/accessibility
  • Unix/Linux/BSD-based operating systems (FreeBSD, Linux, Mac OS X)
  • shell scripting and the command line toolkit
  • user experience and interface design
  • software philosophy and best practices, modularity, re-use, simplicity
  • vector illustration, UML sequence diagramming, enterprise object modeling
  • C-based programming languages
  • object-oriented programming languages (Ruby, Python, .Net)
  • Lasso, ColdFusion, and classic CGI scripting
  • Apache web server
  • rapid application dev kits such as FileMaker & MS Access
  • digital imaging and content creation software & workflow

Work History:

2000-present: Software Consultant

Projects have included:

  • custom programming and complete systems design and development
  • three-tier web architecture (database, middleware, user interface)
  • systems administration and user training
  • re-factoring existing systems to current standards or adding new business logic and features
  • integrating separate systems through ODBC/RPC/SOAP
  • network design and build-out
  • managing small dynamic work teams creating software that meets requirements and delivers on schedule

More project experience and client references detailed at: http://russellgorton.com/work/

1996-2000: Applications Specialist

Communications Division, Amway Corporation, Ada, Michigan

  • developed in-house software solutions and worked with external vendors for early-generation digital media archiving
  • staff development, training, and technology projects for all creative services employees and managers
  • brought large catalog, consumer literature, product photography, and prepress operation into digital era

1995-1996: Label Developer

Corporate Marketing Division, Amway Corporation, Ada, Michigan

  • international consumer product label development involving design, manufacturing, and technical/regulatory language translation


Bachelor's Degree, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, 1994

New England Literature Program XX, 1994

This document available as a PDF download here: Russell Gorton Resumé (PDF, 172 KB)