Insurance Industry

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In 2012 on the IBC project, Nicholas was introduced to a gentleman working in the Insurance industry promoting the Infinite Banking Concept, where they would teach people how to essentially turn a specially designed permanent life insurance policy into a bank (pool of money) for use by the policy owner. After the gentleman's presentation, the presenter offered to do an analysis to show a potential client how the concept would work for them personally. Nicholas found out that a series of spreadsheets were used and the process took about 3 to 5 hours minimum to generate the report. Nicholas worked with this gentleman to learn the intricacies of the process and generated the intake forms and algorithms to generate the resulting 8 year analysis and delivered the first online analysis…
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Chiropractic Industry

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In 2007 working on a system for Chiropractors and Personal Injury Attorneys that need a specifically formatted “narratives” report for the Colossus system. Nicholas developed the Narratives Reporting system in 5 weeks, that included having to learn the sequencing and starting over 3 times due to constraints of the pdf documents originally thought necessary to be used. The people Nicholas was working with decided they would not accept the royalty offers and re-purposed the process, even with the templates and processes already laid out for them to copy, took a team of programmers 7 months to duplicate the program. Download Brochure
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Los Angeles County Tax Accessor Y2K

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In 1998 doing Y2K cleanup at the Los Angeles County Assessor's Office. Was tasked with evaluating the code for any Y2K potential problems. While at Disney, Nicholas had to certify that DTP's program was Y2K compliant, so developed a Y2K analysis program to analyze every line of code in a FoxPro project, automatically replace certain types of known problem codes with new compliant code and generate a printout of every date related code. Utilizing the new Y2K Solutions program, Nicholas was able to take the first task which had been slated for 4 days and accomplish it in just 3 hours, including setting up the certification lab. Overall, was able to reduce 12 months of slated tasks to just 12 weeks. After finding Y2K errors in Symantec's ACT databases, I…
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Disney Travel Products

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In 1996 at the Disney Travel Products (DTP) division, Nicholas was hired to automate the process of artwork approval for products that would have Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto, etc. on them. The charter for DTP was for just 16 people total. The corresponding group in the Consumer Products division had 30 data entry people, so automation was a must. Nicholas developed a FoxPro program that could read the then in beta version Adobe Acrobat's pdf files, extract the data, route it to the next inbox, write back into the pdf form with a sequence number and automatically email it using cc:mail back to the sender, all without one single data entry keystroke. The Consumer Products division boasted of being able to get in a new form, catalog it and…
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JPL Workforce Analysis

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In 1995 at JPL, keeping track of all the labor hours by project was a very time consuming task each month for the Section Admins. Division required them to produce a report each month to check to make sure that their projected man-hours and actual man-hours were relatively close. Nicholas was able to pull down from the lab's mainframe all of the Divisions monthly labor times and charges. A program was developed that accomplished the task for the entire Division (6 Sections) in just under 90 minutes, as opposed to just one Section of the Division taking 19 hours to do manually, an efficiency of 12.6x's more efficient. Download Brochure
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JPL Procurement Automation

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In 1993 at JPL, shadow systems were a huge time, energy, and resource waste at the Lab. While working as a Group Admin Assistant, one of my tasks was to generate Procurement forms for parts used by the scientists and engineers. There were several “shadow” systems for Procurements but none that were very efficient. Nicholas built a database using dBaseIII+ on a little 286 Novell networking server that used the multi-part “official” form of the Procurement Division and made it available to all 8,000 people on the entire Lab. Even the “Just in Time” guys utilized the system as it was much more efficient than the mainframe system. Download Brochure
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JPL Resource Cost Planning

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In 1992 at JPL, Nicholas was hired to develop MS Excel macros for the Resource Cost Planning system. The project was way over budget and almost a year past the delivery deadline. The bottleneck was that the Excel spreadsheet categories were continually being added to. Thus reading them into MS FoxPro utilizing Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) calls was fighting a losing battle. The FoxPro expert tasked with reading in these values from the Excel Spreadsheet was terminated and Nicholas was assigned the task and given 2 weeks to accomplish what his predecessor had been unable to do in 9 months. After 2 days of analyzing the existing code, Nicholas decided to scrap all of it and come at it from an entirely different approach. Since Excel and FoxPro were both…
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JPL Emails

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In 1991 while temping at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, Ca, before email systems like we have today, scientists at JPL would receive twice daily electronic mail messages from various governmental agencies across the U.S. These “e” mail messages came in all at one time and had to be parsed out, removing the headers and footers, and printed for each recipient. This task typically took 45 minutes to 1 hour twice a day manually. Nicholas developed a macro that ran in Word Perfect that could parse out each message, remove the headers and footers, and print it out all in under 2 minutes. Download Brochure
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Spy Satellite

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In 1989 working for Harris Corporation on the DSP satellite project subcontracted from Aerojet, the Central Control Unit (CCU) for this satellite required dozens of tests in the environmental lab to ensure it could withstand the rigors of launch by subjecting it to substantial heat and cold, vibrations, and vacuum testing. The manual part of these tests involved connecting the CCU to the test unit and taking hundreds of reading on a Logic Analyzer. On average, it took about 42 hours for a complete set of tests if no problems were encountered. The manual for these tests had “hand drawn” wave forms in it and cable connections were many times redundant configurations. The reading of each waveform was tedious, requiring the technician to try multiple settings on the Logic Analyzer.…
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M1 Tank Test Panel Project

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In 1988 as a subcontractor for Chrysler Corporation building the test panels for the M1 Abrams tank. While working as temp labor on an assembly line for the test panel, several thousand wires had been improperly prepared and needed to be reworked. Being the new kid on the block, that laborious task landed on Nicholas having been trained as an electronics technician in the U.S. Navy and Kennedy Space Center and understanding specs for stripping the wires for connection with the test ports and the strict tolerances, Nicholas' job was to clip the wires and re-strip them with a standard set of wire strippers. The problem was that a tech was essentially “guessing” on stripping the wires for the correct amount. Nicholas found that there was a screw in exactly…
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