Access Programmer-Professional Background
Chaston Associates North Andover, MA
Created a very involved Access 2013 system to capture and report on loan activity for client banks.
This allows Chaston to do a very thorough review of bank risk levels prior to a regular planned SEC audit.
The app is heavy on the analytical side with over 20 complex reports,
Contact: Joe Santora or Diane Duff 978-686-3688
Vartanian Cabinets Palmer, MA
Created a quoting/proposal utility that replaces those done before in Microsoft Word.
Users can select from many categories and materials, some with images and some with extra notes to produce an
attractive Proposal with attached Contract for acceptance and signature.
Contact: Aram Vartanian 413-531-5701
American Plant Maintenance Woburn, MA
Took on support of an Access program that has been in use for several years, but was left in a
compiled (.mde) state with no source code to be found.
I was able to locate a company in the UK that reverse engineered the front-end file for a reasonable price
once all authorizations were signed.
Contact: Collin McGeary 781-281-2420
I was then able to take on support and made some early modifications.
MacNichol Electric, Inc Lynnfield, MA
Upgraded full-featured business management app from Access 2003 to Access 2010.
Fixed several bugs that had been bothering the owner and family staff for years.
Contact: Stephen MacNichol 781-760-7196
Costa Fruit and Produce Boston, MA
Costa is the largest supplier of products to stores and restaurants in the Greater Boston area.
I wrote a complex Costing program in Access 2010 to replace an aging Wang application. It is very
much like a Bill-of-materials task incorporating products at 3 to 6 levels of assembly, labor,
waste, packaging, and even down to the label.
Contact: Joe Walsh 617-912-8047
TEK Microsystems, Inc Nashua, NH
TEK Micro designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of advanced high-performance FPGA based sensor I/O
processing products for embedded real-time computing systems. I imported their Excel data and wrote an
Order Entry and processing system in Access 2010.
Contact: Renee Griffin 978-328-5944
Valescent Health (div of Apria Healthcare) Nashua,NH
Wrote an Access 2010 application to track Patients, Clients, Procedures and Providers. The schema was of
medium complexity with 16 tables but some of them immediately grew to well over 1 million records. As a
result, speed of query optimization was identified as being critical. I migrated all data to SQL Server and
performed stress testing before turning the project over to the users.
Contact: Geoffrey Keegan 603-880-4464
Leggat McCall Properties Boston,MA
LMP delivers complex real estate projects as investors, project managers, and advisors. I developed an
Access 2010 program to handle their large real estate projects. In addition to the tracking of Projects,
team members, and allocation of staff time, I developed an extensive reporting scheme.
Contact: Allison Nunn 617-820-2147 or Don Birch 617-422-7007
FPI Inc. (Jonathan Pond, LLC) Newton, MA
Access Programmer; Excel Programmer, Crystal Reports
Jonathan is a nationally known financial planner with close affiliations with AARP. For many years,
his firm has produced a very substantial and complete set of financial reports and advice based on extensive
questionnaires sent in by conference attendees as well as respondents to public TV presentations.
Done in VB6 and Borland, the report generation became very slow compared to current technology, but more
seriously was breaking down. They lost support from the prior programmer and I was called. On my advice,
the firm purchased new hardware and the current version of Microsoft Office. I set them up with a LogMeIn
connection so I could transfer editions of my work to their site frequently.
This became a content management project with dependence on complex combinations of responses concerning
age, family, investments, retirement plans, risk preference and many other items. In some cases one of
50 possible responses were determined to go into a particular report section.
Contact: Jonathan Pond 617-243-0020
Maximus Hartford, CT (also NY, Maine)
Access Programmer, Excel Programmer, SQL Server
Maximus is a substantial IT consulting firm serving primarily the government sector. As part of their team working
for the State of Connecticut's Department of Social Services (DSS), I created a program in Access 2003 to replace a
large and intricate set of Excel spreadsheets that managed Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) as well
as Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF).
There are 12 Agencies involved in this within the Connecticut DSS with names such as Dept. of Children and
Families, Dept. of Corrections, Dept of Labor, Judicial, Office of State Treasurer, and so on. Each has many
programs and subprograms and is served by many providers. The need was to unify all this data and allow systematic
quarterly imports of data from many sources to replace all the manual spreadsheet manipulations that went on before.
An additional task was to create complex Access forms that allocate monies from various funding streams to
these programs and then estimate what would be required for the following fiscal year. The program also distills
all the actual distributions into two formal annual reports named ACF-196 (TANF) and ACF-696 (CCDF).
Albanese Brothers, Inc. Dracut, MA (Boston area)
This firm runs a very large trucking and heavy equipment operation, serving many city governments
in Eastern Massachusetts. I took over an extremely large Access 2010 program that runs their
total operations. This app deals with around 100 integrated tables, three times as many queries
as well as many reports. Sub-modules include Customer details, Bidding, Contracts, Equipment
Maintenance and Communications,
Contact: Bill Cummings 978-453-8688 Ext 18
Earlier Access Programming:
Disetronics Sterile Products Portsmouth, NH (also NY)
Access Database Programmer
Contact: Glen Stadig 603-427-5511 Ext 227
Disetronic is a subsidiary of Hoffmann LaRoche. In a clean-room environment, they manufacture clinical devices,
especially insulin pumps for diabetics. They had a pressing need to improve the tracking of numbered work lots
to track the entire manufacturing cycle. We divided the4 work into two major tasks: Warehousing and Production.
As Einstein once said about hypotheses, "Make it as simple as possible, but no simpler." Before doing any coding,
we spent the first week just designing the data schema needed to support both sides of their world. With this
careful analysis, we were able to do the job with a minimal number of tables. The schema was reduced to a core
set named tblLotMaster, tblWarehouse, tblItemMaster, tblSuppliers, tblTransactionLog, and just a few other lookup
Oct 2004 - May 2006
PAX World Funds, Portsmouth, NH, Stanton, MO, Schenectady, NY, Portland, Maine (Access 2003)
This mutual fund company hired me to finish the work started by a previous Access database programmer.
The program tracks commissions owed to brokers all across the country on all kinds of mutual fund
transactions. A quarterly import of data is required and I automated this to make life easy for the
administrator (Michelle). I later took on Access projects in several other departments. PAX continues
to use me for general database support.
Oct 2004 - May 2006
UNITIL, Hampton, NH (Access 2003)
Access Database Programmer
This is the local electric company. They have a program called Demand-Side Management (DSM) that imports data
from a wide variety of formats from many vendors. Formerly, it took a serious and tedious effort to handle
all the different import and data transformations and calculations in Excel spreadsheets. This was quite tedious
and error-prone--in fact there was a huge backlog of data to import. I automated this using Access.
Dec 2003 - May 2004
Fisher Scientific World Headquarters, Hampton, NH and Albany, NY (Access 2002)
Now named Thermo-Fisher, this major supplier of laboratory instrumentation and equipment had a dozen Access databases
containing the results of multiple Quarterly Customer Satisfaction Surveys. They needed a data-aware programmer
to unify this data and migrate it into one so that it could be properly queried and reported on and
so information across quarters and across divisions would make sense. After merging all data into one
set of normalized tables, I have achieved functional equivalence. I am proceeding to rewrite existing queries
and add new queries/reports to address the new simplified schema. We are doing this in such a way that
an eventual merge of this "seed" data will easily transform into a full CRM system by means of migration
into a Siebel ODS (Operational Data Store).
Jul 2004 - Oct 2004
ProTracker, Inc., Hampton, NH, Chicago, IL (Access 2003)
Access Database Programmer
ProTracker is a software development firm with a product of the same name offered to a market consisting
of Financial Planners. Data needed to be imported from their ECommerce website into a local database,
and then out to Peachtree accounting.
Feb 2004 - May 2004
Acme Brick Company, Sealy, TX (VB.NET, ADO.NET)
A large brick plant just outside of Houston located us by searching for our skillset on the Web. We created a
quality control program for their production engineer using DotNet technologies that monitored a high resolution
This camera was continually focused on a production line of precured and precut bricks called a "slug". Periodically,
the line operator clicks a button to take a picture of the line going by at 1 foot per second. Our software grabs a
frame from the continuous video stream and displays it on a color monitor side by side with a picture of a known high
quality standard for that particular style of brick. Depending on the visual comparison, the operator can take
appropriate action such as calling for a change in mixture or other operating parameters. If quality is good, he
simply does nothing. We log the picture taking events in order to track the operator taking pictures on a prescribed
frequency. Hidden from the operator, there is a secured maintenance module so the engineer can periodically check the
log, add new standards, tune the camera settings, and perform other data management features.
May 2003 - June 2003
Tyco International, Exeter, NH and Portland, Maine (Access 2002)
Access Database Programmer
A local programming house named Compass Systems and Programming created an Employee
Performance program in Access that is deployed at 100 worldwide regions. There were
two very different versions done in Access, one for upper management and one for everyone else. I
merged the two code bodies and reproduced all the pre-existing functionality.
Just for fun, I changed some 'employees names and ids and published a subset of the data
to our password protected .NET website in an editable datagrid. I did this to demonstrate
our skills with DotNet and to show the value of centralized, up-to-date, and secure data as
well as XML and web services. Currently, like so many others, Tyco exchanges data between
regions via EMail attachment of Excel spreadsheets.
Feb 2003 - May 2003
BMR Thermal, Hampton, NH and Maine (Access and Excel 2002)
BMR is a regional sales office for a major West Coast supplier of furnace/boiler equipment. I analyzed
the Excel spreadsheet system they had been using to manage the regional sales activities and built a
completely new territory and customer management system, including parts inventory and history. I
provided easy links from an Access app to Word documents for quotes and order processing under a MailMerge subsystem.
Feb 2003 - June 2003
Big Brothers-Big Sisters, Exeter, NH
Access Database Programmer
This is a highly visible branch of a nonprofit organization that matches and places underprivileged or troubled
children with mature and stable adult mentors. The staff needed to migrate their Excel-based data collection
into an Access database that would coordinate their activities and take them into the future. I did
that plus providing links to the national database which resides on the Web.
Aug 2001 - Oct 2002
UnumProvident Insurance, Portland, Maine
Created and tested two Websites for HR. One that allows employees to register
questions regarding their benefits and which sends EMail to a UNUM HelpDesk and one
that allows employees and retirees to view their pension benefits. Used Visual InterDev,
Visual Studio/Visual Basic, and MS Office components, SQL Server7.
Pension Administration. As part of a large team of
pension managers, analysts, and technicians, I managed a transition
of a large database involving over 30,000 current employees plus
retirees (pension annuitants) from an outside vendor to in-house
usage. Used Microsoft Access, Excel, and Visual Basic.
Jan 2000 - Jul 2001
State of NH, Concord, NH
Created WIA Tracking and Reporting System (Dept of Labor mandated)
Created Dept of Youth Services Tracking System.
Sep 1999 - Nov 1999
Holyoke Mutual Insurance, Salem, MA
Access Developer in Access 97. (Contract)
Created complete multiuser system to track all Agents, Staff, Lines
of Business, Agent Evaluations, Business Volume, and other entities.
Sep 1998 to Feb 1999
Cabot Corp., Billerica and Boston, MA
Access Programmer plus Crystal Reports
Using a wide variety of modern tools on a Windows NT platform to
render enhancements and support to five major areas:
1) The company's WinLIMS application, a globally used lab sample/results/finance
2) Crystal Reports
3) The Analytical Billing System (ABS) and 24 other lab-oriented Access databases.
4) Y2K compliance studies of all systems
5) Long Term Incentive (LTI) program developed from scratch in Access.
July 1998 - Sep 1998
State of Mass. Dept of Public Health, Boston, MA
Women, Infants, Children program ("WIC")
WIC is a statewide program (140 sites) administered with complex software
written in Clipper 5.2. This was primarily a Y2K job which
used my Clipper, Access, and VBA skills to thoroughly analyze the
system to insure that no little children will starve after 1999.
May 1998 - July 1998
Cambridge Technology Partners, Cambridge, MA
Senior Developer for globally deployed Sigma Sales Software
Visual Basic and Access 97 used to enhance this large Siebel Systems
Sales Management system. Client/Server with Windows NT/Oracle.
Jan 1998 - Dec 1998
Liberty Mutual, Dover, NH
New Life Business System
Full life cycle development of this complex data mining and
reporting system including fully automatic downloads from their mainframe. Extensive
use of SQL and very complex joins of up to 30 tables/ queries and
subqueries. Liberty continues to call me in to add new reports
and tweak older ones.
Mar 1996 - Jan 1998
The New England, Boston, MA
Lead Designer/Programmer for Sales Illustration Software
3500 life insurance agents and brokerages around the country depend
on this complex multi-product software which was written in Turbo
Pascal. Although The New England has a more powerful Windows product,
the older (legacy) code must be maintained at least through 1998
since many of their user sites are not Windows capable.
Apr 1994 - Mar 1996
Watson Wyatt Company; Wellesley, MA
Contractor/Programmer in Compensation Analysis and Flexible Benefits
Wyatt's Boston office is responsible for the maintenance of elaborate
Human Resources software, called WyComp. There are Clipper and Access
versions installed at many worldwide Fortune 500 client firms, hospitals,
and universities. While on contract to Wyatt for a year and a half,
I made extensive modifications and wrote many new utilities. I was
responsible for design, coding, testing, customization, and maintenance
updates on complex multiuser software. I served as technical expert
on phone support as well as field trips to client sites with the
the HR consultants.
Independent Database Programming:
2003 - Present
Working from my own company: BrightWork Solutions, Hampton, NH
A technology consulting company specializing in web design and improvement,
search engine positioning (SEP) The firm's specialty is the science
of Website Optimization that provides increased web visibility and
traffic. We create this by understanding and working with the ever-changing
search engines that are constantly indexing the World Wide Web. John
Raleigh and developer Jason have over 20 years of combined web and
1982 - 1994
Working from my own company:TT&T Corp, Hampton,
Microcomputer applications development company. Wide variety of jobs
focusing on Clipper, Basic, C, and MicroFocus Cobol programming,
about 35 Novell network installations, and many accounting installation
and training. Over 12 years of experience with about 300 clients
including Fortune 500 firms, the local police network, and the "store
on the corner". Please see Addendum of programming abstracts.
1981 - 82
Topper Footwear, Portsmouth, NH
Systems Consultant/Programmer/Network Administrator
Complete MIS responsibility for major footwear manufacturer/importer.
Managed ten network nodes and users and did extensive programming
modifications in COBOL to Inventory Control and Order Entry.
Chemistry (Math minor): Bowdoin College (BS 1966)
Chemical Engineering: UC Berkeley 1969-70 2 yrs on campus
Computer Science: 1984-85 2 yrs on campus 20 units of core computer science
Computer Science: 1995 MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional) - Access
Computer Science: Northeastern Univ 1997 - Advanced C course
Computer Science: NH Technical Institute, Concord, NH 2003 - DotNet (.NET) 6 day course
The Ten Commandments of Access
And it came to pass that the cries and lamentations of the Access newbies were heard on high by the Database gods,
and their hearts were moved to pity for their followers. And they opened their mouths and spake,
saying: "Nevermore shall the young and innocent wander witless on their journeys! We shall provide guidance
to them, yea, and to all who wish to seek the paths of wisdom." And they caused these commandments to be
written and placed before the eyes of those seeking enlightenment. So heed the words of those who have come
before you, and keep these commandments in thine heart as thou dost create thy Access database application.
If thou shalt only follow these commandments thy burden shall be made light and thy path shall be made straight.
1. Thou shalt design normalized Access tables and understand fields and relationships before beginning.
2. Thou shalt never allow the users to see or edit Access tables directly, but only through forms and thou shalt abhor
the use of Access "Lookup Fields" which art the creation of the Evil One.
3. Thou shalt choose a Visual Basic naming convention and abide by its wisdom and never allow spaces or special
characters (except underscore) in identifiers.
4. Thou shalt write comments in Visual Basic procedures and explain each Access variable.
5. Thou shalt understand Visual Basic error handling and use it faithfully in most Access procedures.
6. Thou shalt split all Access databases.
7. Thou shalt not use Autonumber if the field is meant to have meaning for Access users.
8. Thou shalt not copy and paste other people's Access code without at least attempting to understand what it does.
9. Thou shalt never use "SendKeys" or "GoTo" (unless the GoTo be part of an OnError Access event)
10. Thou shalt back-up the Access database faithfully