Ronald L Affolter
707 N Broad
Mankato, MN 56001
(507)387-7429
RiffAff@Micro.com
Download detailed resume in document format

SYSTEMS EXPERIENCE:

Experience - Over 23 year of technology experience, degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science. Programming experience: VB (8 yr), ACCESS (6 yr), RPG III (3 yr), COBOL (5 yr) Web experience: HTML (2 yr), Javascript (2 yr), ASP (1 yr), CSS (1 yr)
Strengths - Proven communication skills, strong background in problem solving, computer programming and web experience in PCs, teaching/training experience, knowledge of mainframe and AS/400 computers.
Languages and Technologies - Visual Basic 5.0/6.0, VBA, HTML, C++, JavaScript, Java, DHTML, ASP, C, Pascal, COBOL, Ada, IBM Assembler, Univac Assembler, RPG III, QUICKBASIC, Fortran, RPG
Web/Application Servers - HTML, Javascript, CSS, ASP, Photo Shop
Industries - Manufacturing, Sales, Hospital
Database - ACCESS, dBaseIII
Systems - AS/400, IBM-PC, Univac 1100-80, VAX, and Apple


EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE:

Web Design, Self-employed 2003 to present
Minnesota Valley website (12/02 - Present):
http://www.mnriv.com
I have created a website presenting history and culture of the Minnesota River Valley. The purpose is to promote tourism in the area and involves working with local businesses for promotion and the historical society for historical information.
Author/Book Festival (9/03 - Present):
http://www.festivalofauthorsandbooks.com/
This website provides information for a yearly event. I met with a committee to determine how the site should be designed and wrote the HTML, CSS and Javascript code.
Homstar Realty (10/03 - Present):
http://www.mankatohome.com
The website was created for the Homstar real estate agency to assist in selling houses and property. It allows an agent to show prospective buyers some of the home's features through the internet. As homes are bought and sold this site is periodically updated.
Enchanted Forest Gift Store (03/04 - Present):
http://www.enchantedforestofmn.com/
The website helps advertise and promote a specialty gift store. It is updated monthly to display store events. This site was created using HTML and Javascript.
Non business website (4/96 - 7/96):
http://www.hickorytech.net/~flapper/index.html
I served as consultant on the HTML coding used and offered design direction.
Leave a Legacy (1/03 - 6/03):
http://www.leavealegacymankato.org/index.asp
For this project I helped create both the HTML and the ASP code. A portion of this site involved writing ASP code to allow the site manager to update the page using server side scripting. This part is only available to the site manager.
The following URL lists the people involved with the Leave a Legacy project:
http://www.leavealegacymankato.org/develop.html
Mankato Lutheran Home (1/03 - 6/03):
http://cc2.sctc.mnscu.edu/mlh/
This website had been created the previous year and our part of the project was to trouble shoot the page by locating areas that needed updating and make the necessary changes in the HTML and JavaScript code. The site has not been finalized by the client and is still under development.
The following URL lists the people involved with the Mankato Lutheran Home project:
http://cc2.sctc.mnscu.edu/mlh/sctcdevelop.html
Return

Computer Programmer, Katolight Corporation, Mankato, MN. 1991-2002
  • Created a pricing program that allows the end user to write price reports quicker than before. For this project I met with the sales engineers to learn what the important aspects are for writing a price report. Originally I had written this program in QuickBasic but later rewrote it in Visual Basic using an ACCESS database and SQL code. Third party software used: VSView, Wise Install.
  • Developed software for the company's distributors to calculate the size of the generator needed for a project with greater speed and accuracy than in the past. I worked closely with engineers to determine the formulas to be used in the program. The code was written to interface the company's database with those of other companies. Third party software used: VSView, Wise Install.
  • Developed software for the company's distributors to calculate the size of the generator needed for a project with greater speed and accuracy than in the past. I worked closely with engineers to determine the formulas to be used in the program. The code was written to interface the company's database with those of other companies. Third party software used: VSView, Wise Install.
  • Developed a specification program where the user selects the accessories for the generator package and produces a detailed specification sheet that gives more information about the unit being sold. I had originally wrote this program using QuickBasic and later in Visual Basic. I also met with sales engineers and managers to decide what paragraphs and descriptions needed to be rewritten that would accommodate the product changes within the company and to adapt to the changes in technology. Third party software used: VSView, Wise Install.
  • Developed a specification program where the user selects the accessories for the generator package and produces a detailed specification sheet that gives more information about the unit being sold. I had originally wrote this program using QuickBasic and later rewrote it for Visual Basic. I also met with sales engineers and managers to decide what paragraphs and descriptions needed to be rewritten that would accommodate the product changes within the company and to adapt to the changes in technology. Third party software used: VSView, Wise Install.
  • Created a parts order program that allows the end user to specify which parts they need for their generator. The program calculates the total price for the order and produces an order form that may be printed or sent via email. Third party software used: VSView, Wise Install.
  • Wrote an in-house program for the engineering department to calculate the size of tanks needed for specified units. This program made the engineers work easier when drawing blueprints.
  • Handled phone support with the end user to determine what features to add to the software that would improve its performance and what was needed to make the programs more user friendly. I also dealt with representatives and distributors concerning errors found in the software developed by the company. Here I used problem solving techniques to determine the cause of the error, locate the area in code where problem occurred and make the necessary corrections.
  • Wrote a problem tracking program that keeps track of problems that occur in units that had been sold. The program determines the frequency of the problem and the expenses invlolved. I dealt with the perwson using the program to ensure that the necessary information was processed correctly. The program was written in ACCESS and uses extensive VBA code.
  • Wrote a units sold tracking program that produces a list of all the units that have been sold. The list may be grouped by size, date and geographic location. The program was written in ACCESS using VBA code.
  • Assisted customers in using these applications as well as general support for Microsoft Office.
Return


Programmer/Consultant. Self-employed. 1988-1990
  • Created a data base system in QUICKBASIC for the Blue Earth County Historical Society, which indexes newspapers and historical documents.
  • Currently involved in a project to rewrite the program in VB that will interface with an ACCESS database.
  • Assisted small businesses in micro-computer use. Systems: IBM-PC, Macintosh, Commodore, Apple.
Return


Computer Programmer.Dean Kelley & Associates, Mankato, MN. 1985-1988
  • Maintained and upgraded an in-house inventory system working with the accounts payable and accounts receivable portions of the program. Worked closely with the accounting department to gather information for the upgrades. The program was coded in RPG II on an IBM SYS 3 Model 10.
  • Created a backup system for the software. The program was coded in RPG II on an IBM SYS 3 Model 10.
Return


Programmer/Tutor, Data Center, St Peter Regional Treatment Center, St. Peter, MN. 1983-1984
  • Developed a database program in CBASIC using CP/M on a CPT system. The program queried a list of patients to find ones with selected attributes.
  • Updated and documented existing payroll programs written in COBOL. Worked with the computer operators to determine where updates were to be made.
  • Trained students in COBOL for placement in other areas of the organization. Arranged teaching materials and presented on-the-job examples
Return


Computer Programmer, Springfield Plastics, Mankato, MN. 1978-1983
  • Restructured the existing production programs to reflect the change in the companies product lines. The updated program took into account the recycled and wasted raw material as well as the material included in the final product. The program was written in COBOL on an IBM mainframe computer.
  • Maintained and upgraded the existing payroll program which was written in COBOL. Worked with the computer operators to determine the areas that needed to be upgraded.
  • Handled computer operations and customer support.
Return


Teaching Assistant, Mathematics Department, Mankato State University, Mankato, MN. 1977-1978
  • Taught college algebra. Prepared teaching materials for the class.
  • Designed courses in Mathematics. Assisted in developing the curriculum.
Return



OTHER SKILLS:
Back To TopReturn to Main Resume