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John Dutton

John Dutton

Consultant | CFO | CEO | Board Director

United States - Last active: 1 day ago

Mr. Dutton is a high-impact executive who strategically grows business and valuations. Revamped operating processes, streamlined operations, and created a culture of performance. As a leading Wall Street Analyst, pioneered research that launched publicly traded hospital chains; repeatedly raised ~$250MM in equity and debt capital. NASDAQ Committee Member. Expert at analyzing industry trends, conceptualizing new market opportunities, and forecasting plans that drive top-line growth. Leverage analyst experience and financial acumen to ensure flow-through to bottom-line. Broad industry experience in investment management, and research, corporate finance, healthcare, environmental technologies and regulation, alternative energy, liability insurance carriers General & Financial Management | Strategy & Planning | Mergers & Acquisitions | Capital Formation There are a wide range of projects and assignments that I can undertake for a client based on my last year which are illustrative. I assessed and designed an alternative investment fund based on assembling significant holdings of ranch lands and bison herds. I guided the revamping of the management and treasury systems of a mid-size real estate company. I have been asked to design financial services career preparation for anticipated needs arising from Chinese free trade zone liberalization and demand for employees. Finally serving as adviser to new. integrated healthcare and IT company founded by several leading doctors. Dutton Consulting - Sacramento, CA Co-Managing Partner Mid 2013 to Present Contracted to design and run an alternative investment fund based on ranch lands and commercially growing bison herds. Fund was highly correlated to inflation and negatively to equities and treasuries. Also revamped the management and treasury systems of a mid size real estate company, and developed training guidelines for employment in expanding Chinese financial services industry following establishment of free trade zones. PARADIGM BIOSCIENCES INTERNATIONAL, LLC, San Francisco, CA Chairman & Chief Financial Officer (CFO) • Drove startup process and technical development addressing multi-billion dollar markets with biological emissions solution for utilities & regulators; marketable end products sales; managed financial affairs o Raised initial $1.4 million funding; o Drove joint commercialization agreement from top California technical university - CalPoly DUTTON ASSOCIATES LLC, Sacramento, CA CEO, CIO & Chief Financial Officer (CFO) 1997 to 2009 One of largest international small cap equity research firms in North America, the EU, and China • Increased client enterprise values and facilitated $350M+ equity financing for small cap clients. Its service model became a dominant worldwide influence for small cap companies. o Stimulated capital formation including PIPEs, AMEX, ADRs; instrumental in launching China equities. o Drove (in 1 year) double-digit stock gains for 218 clients’ stocks (39%) over Russell 2000 with 416% increase in trading volume. WEINRESS, FRANKSON, PRESTON & FRIEND, Irvine, CA Research Director 1995 to 1997 • Established enterprise value enhancement and capital formation through a regional research, trading and banking model. o Led $50M equity financing causing resurgence of GPS stocks. CORSAIR ASSET MANAGEMENT INC., Los Angeles, CA President & CIO 1984 to 1994 • Increased corporate client valuation and profitability through investment performance over benchmarks. Optimized cash flows and capital appreciation. o Saved client $20M annually in premium and contribution costs for AMI’s pension and insurance costs. o Managed early adoption of technological solutions improving profitability. AMERICAN MEDICAL INTERNATIONAL (AMI), Beverly Hills, CA Senior Vice President Worldwide Development & CIO, Director 1970 to 1984 International NYSE listed healthcare company • Made $1B annual impact to top-line by significantly improving and executing worldwide development projects and M&A; bottom-line increase by 20% of revenue gain. Chaired Board Audit Committee. o Set up and managed $150M ERISA / captive insurance portfolios. o Co-led domestic and international public, private and project financing; investor relations.

$83.33 /hr
35 hours
5.00
Lindi du Toit

Lindi du Toit

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Consultant

South Africa - Last active: 22 hours ago - Tests: 8

I am a certified Microsoft Dynamics CRM Specialist in Applications and Customization and Configuration. My primary goal is to become a full time freelancer and focus on what I am passionate about: Microsoft Dynamics CRM. I am a professional Microsoft Dynamics CRM Consultant with over 20 years experience in Customer Service and Sales, Administration, Project Coordination and -Management and direct marketing. More specifically I offer the last 7 years hands on experience in the planning, installation, implementation, customization, upgrade and roll out of MS Dynamics CRM 2011, 2013 and more recently 2015, to various customers in various industries. My core competencies lie in business needs analysis and requirements gathering, translating requirements into functional specifications, deployment, configuration, customization and administration of MS Dynamics CRM. I continuously improve my own knowledge on best practise processes for MS CRM and am often approached for advise on best practice. Having previously been a client who implemented Microsoft Dynamics CRM, I have a strong focus on end-user simplicity and have compiled various user training manuals with a focus on end user learning and buy-in. My passion is ultimately Microsoft Dynamics CRM, although I am also a Microsoft® Certified Technology Specialist in SQL Server® 2008, Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance and SQL Server® 2008, Database Development. I specifically chose these areas of certification to compliment my Microsoft Dynamics CRM work. My second career passion is integration of bulk e-mail platforms in Microsoft Dynamics CRM that empowers my customers to mine their data better and gather so much more business intelligence from their contacts.

$35.00 /hr
283 hours
4.51
Jacob Merchant

Jacob Merchant

Spreadsheet Guru and Workflow Specialist

United States - Last active: 26 days ago - Tests: 3

When I was 11, my parents showed me how to use Excel to track my trading card collection. Today, I'm a spreadsheet ninja. I know pivot tables like the back of my hand, I can script you out a macro in a matter of hours, and I can nest functions together in ways you've never thought possible. Big words, sure, but I back it up. I have built reports, ad hoc and repetitive, that have gone as high as the board of directors of Fortune 500 corporations. My VBA-enabled smart forms are used by front-line operations personnel, and are robust enough to handle transactions from any end user. I also have many years of experience developing business procedures and workflows. I can map out a workflow and easily identify where efforts are being duplicated or wasted. My expertise in automation has helped large companies reduce their staffing costs while reducing manual error rates and increasing overall productivity. As a business person who "speaks tech", I make a fantastic liaison between end-users and developers, thereby reducing complications during the business application development process, and making sure that the product you need is what is actually delivered. I also know a thing or three about coding and web design. Self-taught mostly; I took the intro to Comp Sci courses in college, but I picked up most of my chops modding video games and automating repetitive tasks at work. I've also taken a few Codecademy courses to round out my knowledge base. I've never spent too long in any specific language, so I actually think I have a better understanding of how computer science works than a dedicated coder who stays in one language all day does. In essence, a lot more breadth than depth. Languages I know today and are comfortable taking on work for include C/C++/C#, Java, Python, HTML, CSS, and PHP.

$30.00 /hr
44 hours
5.00
Luke Otterblad

Luke Otterblad

AWS and GCE Engineer. Python, Javascript and Elast...

United States - Last active: 1 month ago - Tests: 7 - Portfolio: 3

Senior software developer specializing in improving the accessibility, intelligence, and flexibility of code. Experienced at working with startups. My areas of interest and expertise that you may require include AWS and GCE Engineering, front end and back end web development, Elasticsearch integrations, recommendation engines, natural language processing and data analysis. Currently continuing a nine year career in analysis and web development. I'm highly self-motivated and seek challenging projects that match my expertise (http://github.com/lotterblad). Jobs I do: - Design and get systems up and running in the cloud - improve search and search user interfaces - integrate visualization and analysis pipelines - Make applications more intelligent by using things like recommendation and spam classifiers - Program front end UI designs and fix bugs related to cross browser compatibility - build out platforms communicating using API's Tools I use: - Amazon Web Services (EC2, S3, Elastic MapReduce) for development and deployment - Google Cloud (BigQuery, App Engine, GCE) - Elasticsearch Server for storage and query, Kibana and logstash for log management - Website and app development, Web Development, machine learning and natural language processing with Python and Java. - Web development with Node, Express, and Angular as well as other Javascript libraries like D3.js, jQuery, and three.js - Time series analysis, statistics and visualization with the R programming language - Database Development: Google Datastore and MongoDB (document database), MySQL and Postgres (relational), redis (key-value) and memcache - Twitter Bootstrap, or Responsive Design with jQuery, CSS, HTML for mobile responsive landing pages as well as general purpose web pages. - Integrations using Mule ESB Samples of open-source code available: http://github.com/lotterblad

$90.00 /hr
2,189 hours
5.00
James H.

James H.

Program Manager, Proposal Writer and Strategic Thi...

Thailand - Last active: 22 hours ago - Tests: 7

Proposal Lead and Writer, Cost Savings Technologist, Project Manager, Project Planning and Strategic Thinker. Business and Executive mentoring, personnel development and trainer. Consultancy services including: • Commercialization and Innovation • Business Transformation and Planning • Business growth strategies and development • Project Management • Risk Identification and mitigation planning • Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability • Business Capture Management • Proposal Architecting and Writing I am a recently retired experienced Senior Program Manager with over 30 years experience in the Aerospace and Defense Industry looking to help others with their projects. Specializing in program management, technical management and subcontract management team leadership. I have led program management development programs that has trained and certified program managers for large aerospace company. I have led large proposal teams for management and cost volumes for proposals with value greater that $250M USD. Relevant background and program experience in defining and managing the work scope for subcontracts and teammates in large distributed development environments. Strong managerial skills with proven success in project definition, project planning, negotiation and execution Earned Value Management Systems. I am a proven highly effective team leader with excellent interpersonal, coaching and mentoring skills, communication, and team building skills. I am an experienced and trained Black Belt-Six Sigma Facilitator. As my profile shows I currently have oDesk contracts with five major IT companies that utilize my skills and expertise to assist with project management and proposal writing consultancy. I had a past client who has left me somewhat questionable feedback due to unhappiness he experienced. I learned from this experience to only communicate with the hiring client on proposal requirements. He had delegated daily communications with an employee of his who provided conflicting guidance. I followed his employee's guidance, which wasn't the strategy that the hiring client had. Let these four active oDesk contracts and my past experiences be your guide on my abilities and experiences. Linked In Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jhoxsie

$33.33 /hr
1,491 hours
4.95
Amanda D.

Amanda D.

Nonprofit Professional skilled in strategy and gen...

United States - Last active: 13 days ago - Tests: 4 - Portfolio: 8

Writing has always been my passion; somehow, I've been lucky enough to find a way to fold it into my work. My ability to speak in the voice of the audience, as well as the voice of the brand, has led to success in grant writing, social media marketing and content planning. After an inspiring volunteer experience, I started working for a progressive nonprofit that both accepted, and fostered my desire for an entrepreneurial approach to nonprofit management. I bring almost a decade of experience, enthusiasm, and passion for the world of nonprofit. My projects range from short-term to long-term, and I am also a skilled strategy consultant. My motto has always been "nonprofit at heart, entrepreneurial in spirit." My own personal mission is to leave an organization in better shape than I found it. So far, so good! Specialties: 1) Grant Research, Writing & Reporting: - Research and build prospect database - Draft letter's of inquiry (LOI's) - Prepare grant proposals (RFP's) 2) Program build-out: - Narrative drafting - Outcome analysis and development - Volunteer recruitment & management 3) Fundraising & Development: - Strategic plan development - Craft and prepare fundraising strategy - Corporate Sponsorship/CSR program development - Third-party event management - Marketing and public relations 4) Website Development: - Content planning - Site design (via enduser-friendly Wix) 5) Accounting & Bookkeeping: - Budget planning: operating & programmatic - General Bookkeeping: QuickBooks Pro, QuickBooks Online 6) Resume & Cover Letter Writing - Having maintained leadership roles in high-level positions, I am also skilled resume and cover letter writing. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask! I put the mission of the organization first and foremost,which makes me flexible and efficient.

$38.89 /hr
253 hours
5.00
David M.

David M.

Expert Excel VBA/C# Developer and Oracle-Certified...

United States - Last active: 5 days ago - Tests: 7 - Portfolio: 1

I'm an expert Excel VBA/C# Developer with over 6 years of experience in developing Excel Macros, Add-Ins and Advanced Spreadsheet Applications. I can streamline your reporting, automate your spreadsheets, as well as create full-scale dashboard applications and powerful add-ins. I have tested within the top 30% of all VBA Programmers, as well as within the top 20% in Microsoft Excel on oDesk's sister site, Elance.com. I am also an Oracle Certified Java Programmer with experience in Finance, Statistics, Game Development, Data Analysis and Application Development. Tested as above average in knowledge of the Java SE7 programming language among certified Java Programmers on oDesk.com. I am skilled in Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), testing within the top 30% of all VBA Programmers, as well as within the top 20% in Microsoft Excel on oDesk's sister site, Elance.com. I have experience in Macro Development and Excel Add-In Development such as Web Scraping and Advanced Automation and Calculation for numerous uses, utilizing C#. Over 6 years of Programming experience. Responsible for developing highly sophisticated Excel Spreadsheets for High Profile Banking Transfer Agency, increasing productivity in that area by over 90%. I enjoy what I do.

$72.22 /hr
840 hours
5.00
Glen Cantrell

Glen Cantrell

Application Support Management

United States - Last active: 1 month ago - Tests: 7

Experienced Call Center Management and Results-driven project and program management with first-rate skills in directing full cycles for complex, multi-site programs and initiatives. Proven ability to deliver substantial cost reductions, productivity, and quality improvements through well-managed, on-time projects. Particularly strong in staff development including training, coaching, evaluation, application testing and requirement documentation. Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Project and Visio.

$30.00 /hr
9,505 hours
5.00
Yana Nekula

Yana Nekula

Experienced PA/Office Manager,Word,Excel,Book-keep...

Australia - Last active: 1 day ago - Tests: 17 - Portfolio: 2

Experienced PA/Office Manager (15+ years)capable of consistently performing to high standards under pressure. Highly motivated professional, proficient with MS Office Word and Excel, Power Point, Outlook and other bespoke and commercial software applications. Competent in supporting the full range of typical organisational processes and activities including book-keeping, invoicing, accounts payables/receivables, payroll. Fluent in English, Italian, Czech (written & oral). Available for administrative support.

$33.33 /hr
5,616 hours
5.00
Margaret L Hartmann

Margaret L Hartmann

Copywriter and Online Marketing Specialist

United States - Last active: 1 day ago - Tests: 9

Too often, online marketers get caught up in chasing the next fad. But doing more business online is, at the heart of it, very similar to doing more business offline. Relationships are what's important, and hacks and tricks only go so far. I'm not your ordinary freelancer. I sometimes describe myself as "a writer who's not afraid of numbers." My drive to understand the written word and the world of business has given me an unusual collection of experiences and skills: -I'm an experienced copywriter who has created sales letters and other marketing materials for businesses several industries. -I'm a Google Partner, with certification in AdWords, Bing, and Google Analytics. I've successfully managed PPC programs with monthly spend ranging from under $1,000 to close to $45,000. I've also designed and run website split testing programs for clients. ***Please note that my rate for PPC is $50/hour.**** -In the past, I worked in publishing as a writer and editor for about 10 years, giving me a solid grounding in proper editorial procedures and standards, what materials sell, and the financial considerations involved in publishing a book. I've found that a lot of the business skills I've learned in this world are highly transferable to other industries. -I've been managing my own web-based businesses on the side since 2003. To any project, I bring a drive for thoroughness, patience, good judgment, and a deep investment in seeing my clients meet and exceed their goals. Your success is my success. I constantly test and look for data to support decisions. For my clients' ultimate benefit, I constantly seek out new learning opportunities (conferences, webinars, workshops, etc...). Finally, I'm highly dependable: I'm very selective about the commitments I make to insure that when I do take on a project I not only meet my responsibilities but hopefully knock it out of the park. I'm most interested in projects that allow me to work with a website's marketing needs in a holistic manner. Rather than push the particular solutions I can personally offer, such as AdWords or a content marketing campaign, I much prefer to analyze the needs of that particular business and come up with a plan that will address what's most needed, in the most effective way. If I don't think that a certain marketing technique will work well for you, I'll tell you so. I also work best with clients who understand that good results take time. I audit the work of others frequently, and have seen the consequences of going for the quick win without attention to long-term profitability. Sample Results (see also portfolio section below): -Created an extensive remarketing program with the highest ROI in an individual campaign at over 800%. For this client I have also been successful at cutting spend (in the case of one campaign as much as 88%) while maintaining sales. -Another client brought me on board to see if a display campaign set up by a previous consultant could be optimized further. When auditing the campaign I identified changes to the targeting that led to a 600% increase in leads. -I improved the click-through-rate (CTR) of an assisted living facility by 1700%, while halving the cost per click and raising the average position. -Through testing, I achieved ad-level CTRs as high as 12.28% (average 2.56%) for a WordPress developer. These results are for non-branded keywords. Client Comments (see also oDesk reviews): "Just took a look inside the account. You've really turned around the conversion rate. Thanks again for the great work on this." "I really appreciate your weekly reports, and how you provide a different perspective on the account's performance and what can be improved each time." "Your audit and keyword research has been extremely helpful to us in thinking about our business." [This client, a web developer, liked my analysis so much that they've hired me to provide the same service for their own clients.] "Thanks for the detailed report. This is a great start. Today we had 3 leads come in within 1h and 30m. That is highly unusual." I'd be delighted to discuss your online marketing program and what I can do to help.

$40.00 /hr
837 hours
5.00