Resume - Rod Coleman
12245 Spruce Lane
Reno, NV 89511
Objective - Help others succeed by applying my blend of experience in both business and
technology. I especially enjoy field assessment of smaller tech companies including their
staff, products, and prospects. I also have research interests in biometrics, handheld systems
and user interface design, yet have a strong bias to the bottom line for business operations.
2002 to 2007 - Sudden Incorporated - Consultant
Sudden View is a software product I developed years ago and still continue to support at my
website - sudden.net. I also do business and technical consulting under this corporation.
Sierra Computer of Reno has been a continuous client since 2001. During the last five years
I have also completed a liquidation for a travel company, market planning for an Intelligent
Flashlight manufacture, design development for a child tracking product along with other smaller
projects. Finally, I have served as a member of the Washoe County Grand Jury from 2004
through 2006 for one day a week for much of this term.
1986 to 2001 - Cimarron Computer dba MicroAge - General Manager
As co-founder, I helped to grow this systems and network services business from zero to over
five million per year, funded from profits.
At different times I directly managed the Service, Sales and Administrative groups. I also
have experience in strategic planning, business development, bank finance, purchasing and
I have been involved in a peer review group which meets three times a year to assist in
the management of similar businesses. It has exposed me to a wide variety of problems and
In 1994 I developed and had built a new 9000 square foot facility to house our business. On
this project I handled all finance, design, contract management and government planning
In 2001 I merged most of the operations of MicroAge with Sierra Computer of Reno Nevada. I
continue to do projects for Sierra Computer as well as other clients. During the last
seventeen years, I have also completed the following technical projects:
The "Nod" hands-free pointing device using a quadrature detector to
track head movement. (Conceptional design and patent application)
Motorola 68020 main board design for a MicroSage UNIX system
Hard disk controller for Xebec Inc. (Hardware & software design
managing 3 other people).
Remote diagnostics communication and reporting system for First
Class Peripherals (Software only).
Help define smog analysis data standard representing the State of
Nevada (Software & legislature committee work).
Sudden View text editor (18,000 lines of Modula-2 code).
Developed internal order processing, invoicing, customer
relationship management and inventory control database systems using
Paradox, FoxBase, C++, Visual Basic, SQL and Delphi.
Palm Pilot conduit development using Code Warrior.
Various customer web development using TCP/IP, HTML, Flash and Java.
Control for a non-invasive glucose detector (C++ software only)
1981 to 1986 - Sage Computer Technology - President
As founder and President I did the hardware design of a 68000-based microcomputer system, our
primary product. I then recruited a finance, marketing and manufacturing team, growing the
company to annual sales of $10MM with approximately 100 employees using venture funding. In
1984 we were awarded "Computer Product of the Year" by Electronic Products magazine.
1980 to 1981 - G.E. Nuclear Division - Consultant
Design, coded and tested an "in containment" Z80-based fiber optic safety monitoring system
for a nuclear power plant core (Software only).
1976 to 1980 - Lynch Communications - Senior Engineer
As Senior Software Design Engineer in this telecommunications company I help developed
telephony systems based on the 8008, 8080, 6502, 6800 and Z-80 microprocessors (mostly
software). I also spent a year doing mainframe CICS development.
1974 to 1976 - Humboldt Auto Supply - Controller
As Controller, I took the staff from 26 down to 13 while improving operations and response
time. I also developed accounting and inventory control systems on an IBM S/3 using RPG-II.
1972 to 1973 - Winklehaus Engineering - Survey Party Chief
1969 to 1971 - US Army - E-4 Avionics
US Army - Electronics, 1969 to 1970
College of the Redwoods - Physics, 1971 to 1972
University of Nevada - Engineering, 1977
Private Pilot and Instrument Rating 1978
Novell - CNE certification 1989
Various schools - IBM RPG-II, CCP, CICS, Novell, Intel, Motorola, HP
Member of the Washoe County Grand Jury 2004 to 2006
Certified Basic Keelboat Sailing, Basic Coastal Cruising, Bareboat Chartering 2000
Interest - Writing, hiking, sailing and history