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John W. Brainerd – Founder, Software Engineering and Consulting
John has worked in the software industry full time (his IT experience stretch back into the dark ages - the 70s) since 1988. After working for several software companies in the Denver area, John started consulting for the Stoker Group in 1995. After working a number of successful projects with the Stoker Group, in 1997, John went out on his own, founding Slogan Software, LLC. John describes his consulting career as “the resurrection of one failed project after another”. He has experience in the public safety industry, as well as health care, telecommunications, human resources, and finance. He graduated from the University of Colorado at Denver with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics with an emphasis in Computer Science, as well as a minor in Conversational French. Currently, he lives with his wife Mary, and six children in Denver, Colorado.
Paul Drda – Independent Partner, Software Engineering and Consulting
Paul is the founder of Professional Systems Designs, a computer services and consulting company. Based in Denver, Colorado and service clients internationally, PSD specializes in building and integrating custom database applications and business solutions primarily with Microsoft products and Internet/client-server technologies. PSD also provide high quality project managment and coordination services.
Fred Fowler – Independent Partner, Software Engineering and Consulting
Fred has been working off and on in software development for the last twenty years. He has degrees in astronomy and physics, and an M.S. in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Much of his experience has been in designing and writing engineering and scientific software, but lately he has been working on business software for a financial company. In the past he has developed geometric modeling software for a CAD/CAM company, emissions monitoring and manufacturing software for an engineering services company, recoded and extended a data warehouse system containing customer information for a long distance phone company, modeled low-temperature plasmas for chemical vapor deposition, and helped develop order processing software for a telecommunications company. More recently he helped design and test a statistical quality control system for a company that provides software services to pharmaceutical companies. After that he took a sabbatical for several years to try to learn to write science fiction, and now he works part time in the afternoons developing business software for Slogan Software, while writing in the mornings. His avocations range from science, mathematics, and languages and linguistics, to hiking and snowshoeing. He is a member of the Underground Writing Project (formerly a section of the Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group), and has taken part in the Southern Colorado Writing Project Writing Marathon.
Paul Sorenson – Independent Partner, Graphics and Website Design
Creative Director and founder of digital realities, Paul is a graphic design professional with more than 15 years’ interactive, print, and corporate internet communications experience. He has produced award-winning work for such high profile clients as Toyota, GlaxoSmithKline, Kinko's, Cisco Systems, and ADT. Paul's eye for detail in every project results in artistic precision brought to all design and development aspects from start to finish. Paul Sorenson has a Bachelor of Science in Design from University of California at Davis.
Richard Rose – Independent Partner, System Testing and Technical Writing
Richard has an extensive background in the software industry, both as a system tester and technical writer. In his role as Software Tester / QA Analyst he has performed Black Box testing of web-based client/server applications and of large scale mainframe-based applications. He has analyzed software specifications and developed test scripts, as well as performed application testing, documented defects, and verified fixes in conjunction with software engineers. He is familiar with a number of software testing tools and environments. In his role as a Technical Writer, he wrote documentation for software developed for client/server, UNIX-based and mainframe platforms; creating hardcopy documentation as well as on-line. He has created various types of documentation including user's manuals, an Administration Guide and a Process Manual describing the processes followed by Level 1 and Level 2 support personnel. He has also provided analysis for software documentation, specifications and functional requirements and worked with software designers and developers to understand the user-interface and functionality of the software. Richard holds degrees from the University of Colorado and Metropolitan State College of Denver.