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Proactive Self-Starter involved in Community Betterment and Affairs:
2012 to Present -- Working with SCORE helping people start their own businesses and succeed in them.
2007 to Present -- Webmaster and Web Developer for the NC Native Plant Society https://ncwildflower.org
2011 to 2015 -- Devoting time to creating and disseminating educational materials on marketing.
From 1997 to 2007 -- In a Housing Authority of Winston-Salem (HAWS) building with over 200 elderly and disabled residents, Kathy Salkin of Sara Lee Hosiery and I started the Crystal Towers Computer Club. Through donations, primarily from Sara Lee and from graphic design houses, I personally refurbished and gave away approximately 130 computer systems to elderly and disabled people living on limited incomes, in an effort to bridge the digital divide. (For this effort I received the Bellsouth Good Neighbor of the Year award in 2000. I was also featured in a full 2-page article in the Winston-Salem Journal in 2007.) I have taught classroom and individual computer skills classes to residents of Crystal Towers since the project began. Thanks to HAWS, most Winston Salem public housing now has a space to hold classes and a computer lab, and this has spread today to almost every county in the state of NC.
1997 to 2000 - Founder and President of the Electronic Music Consortium of the Triad, a forum for electronic musicians and composers to meet and share music, ideas, knowledge, and techniques.
1996 to 2004 - Developed a very popular electronic synthesis and music business informational website: now rebuilt for legacy purposes at http://terrybritton.com/TerrysSynthWebPage/ - which enjoyed over 300,000 hits from all over the world.
In the summer of 1993, I created a pilot program later picked up by Junior Achievement in Connecticut that was very successful. It used an entertainment industry-based business model instead of the traditional manufacturing model. We produced Dances (loosely called "Raves") for the local teenagers featuring young DJs and live local bands. This ended a 17-year dry spell in that community of having such things as dances for the teens. The Junior Achievement version of the program was first embraced by the Ridgefield High School and its principal, and that school's Senior Class Economics students earned class credit for their participation.
In 1990, I promoted alcohol-free nightclubs in Danbury CT, producing (and paying for) zoning changes that paved the way for coffeehouses and other alcohol-free musical venues, bringing life back to that city's downtown region.
5 years self-employed doing Internet Marketing consulting -- email lists, newsletters, SEO, advanced strategies including Google AdWords, copywriting, print integration.
5 years self-employed as a programmer using ExpressionEngine to create dynamic, database-driven websites. Ruralintelligence.com and ncwildflower.org are two large examples.
Proficient in computer technologies for both PC and Macintosh platforms
5 years experience as a college professor teaching Graphic Arts (printing) and Image Manipulation (computer graphics courses, including the entire Adobe Creative Suite).
Pre-press document optimization, color correction, scanning, image touch up
Print estimating and Print Business Principles
Website design, PERL, PHP and MySQL programming, content management systems (Xoops, phpNuke, Expression Engine, pMachine), and blogging tools.
Hardware upgrading and troubleshooting
Freelance computer technician
Visual Basic Programming
Former ISP's Telephone Help Desk (solo), for Red Barn Data Center, Winston-Salem, NC, the first ISP in North Carolina.
Spring 2002 to August 2006 -- Full-time Professor as assistant to Dept. Chair Garry Day at Forsyth Technical Community College, Winston-Salem, NC, where I taught beginning and advanced Graphic Arts subjects to students pursuing their Associate's Degree in the Graphic Arts and Imaging Technologies curriculum, which covers all aspects of printing technologies.
I taught classes to both 1st and 2nd year (Associates Degree Program) students in computer graphics applications (Adobe Creative Suite), design, printing (lithography, screen, and flexography), print estimating, printing math, history of printing, Graphic Arts career overview and others. I taught the Adobe applications from beginning to advanced levels: Photoshop - for 3 semesters, Illustrator - for 1 semester, InDesign - for 3 semesters, and GoLive - for 1 semester. Though initially hired as part-time, the duties were as comprehensive as full-time, and I was part-time only because we had to wait for budget approvals, after which I had to go through the hiring process again to win full-time status. Ours was a 5-semester program, so I had a 12-month contract.
I was also the IT person, network tech, and computer maintenance tech for our dept. as well, which had 36 Macintosh computers by the time I left.
From 1990-1991 - Developed and taught several extremely successful hands-on science classes for young people, presented via five after-school programs in four CT. towns, and also through a home-schooling program. I created five very popular classes: Sounds Incredible; Color and Light Magic; The Electric Creator Series; Things you can do with Gravity; and Crazy Machines! I tried reviving this program to provide to children in the Triad area, but with little interest happening here.
From 1989 to 1993, I worked weekday evenings and weekends for the Ridgefield Water Supply Company, minding the reservoir and 4 pumping stations. A dream job! Sadly, I was eventually replaced by automation.
From 1987-1988, I lived and worked in the heart of NYC's SOHO art district, both at Five Eggs (a pre-empire Japanese artifacts shop), and at JD Canvas toy shop.
From early 1986 to late 1987, I worked as the maintenance man at an actual Tibetan monastery in Woodstock, NY., Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, where I also lived, studied, and practiced according to Tibetan Buddhist methods for two years.
From 1985 to 1986 I was the video editor and technical director at the White Buffalo Multimedia video studio (now Upstate Media Enterprises) in Woodstock, NY
In 1984 I worked for Miller Advertising in NYC, the largest classified ad agency in the world. I placed the ads (mostly with the NY Times) for the CEO's accounts.
Since 1982 I have been a certified instructor of the Technologies for Creating courses developed by Robert Fritz. I have been on staff at Winston-Salem's Sawtooth Center (2001) teaching these courses, as "Create Your Life!" as well as presenting the course in private settings at peoples' homes.
From 1977 through 1984, I performed prolonged stints as a street musician playing flute in and underneath Cambridge, MA (their first "allowed" street musician), where I eventually instigated the "Music Under Boston" program that brought street musicians of all genres into the subway stations of Cambridge and Boston; and in NYC as a regular feature of the SOHO art district, the corner of Wall and Broadway, and at the front stairway of the Metropolitan Museum of Fine Art on Fifth Ave. (I was the only street musician ever allowed there - the police would chase the mimes away when I arrived!) Have now been playing flute for over sixty years, starting in third grade at age 9.
Not-For-Profit Work Experience:
July 2012 joined SCORE (formerly called the "Service Corp of Retired Executives", the volunteer arm of the Small Business Administration) and was made a member of the board and named Technology Chair in November 2012.
From 2009 to 2014, had been a member of the development team for the open-source and free CamStudio screen recording software, an internationally popular program for which I was the primary help-desk moderator.
From 1984 to 1985 - Was co-director with the artist and photographer Suzen of the prodigious and prolific Art for the People in NYC, an Arts Events Production group that produced large (massive) scale public art events at World Trade Center observation deck, Port Authority Bus Terminal, Central Park, and the first in history to have a public event on a Staten Island Ferry Boat and in its huge terminal. Shoestring budgets with huge results (and huge audiences), thanks to volunteers!
From 1976 to 1979 - Political interface and public "front man" for Boston, MA based "Foundation for the Alliance of the Cultural Arts and Humanities," and its so-called "working arm" - "Artisphere", the two being multifaceted arts-and-artists support non-profit organizations. Based upon my charter written earlier for Biospheres (see below), we embraced projects such as artist housing, street fairs, craft fairs (some of the first!), and large-scale building conversions, with variable success, but with much support from city and government leadership acquired by said "front man" (me).
From 1974 to 1975 - Biospheres, Boston, MA - composed their revolutionary charter, based upon ideas from Buckminster Fuller and others, with a few of my own as well. Biospheres produced warehouse loft "happenings" and also located unused storefronts convincing the landlords of those spaces to allow people to use them for free to give dance lessons, painting lessons, etc., but its charter expressed a much larger scope.
In 1971 (my senior year in High School), I co-brainstormed Aurora Productions to produce "micro Woodstock" festivals featuring local bands, such of which were in abundance at that time. Produced only one show, but it was a good one!
Areas of Expertise
- Business Plan
- Customer Service
- Management & Operations
- Product Development
- Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation
- Professional Services