senior position in energy development or generation.
MARK A. DECARO
1 Traylor Drive â€¢ West Chester, PA 19382 â€¢ markadecaro[at]msn.com â€¢ (610) 880.9085
Program & Project Management â€¢ Strategic Planning
Operations Management â€¢ Startup Company Development & Execution
Accomplished professional and key leader involved in the planning, strategy, execution and management of startup companies from inception to commercialization. Track record of formulating creative strategies and operating plans, and executing and delivering the objectives of the plan within time and budget. Exceptional leadership skills and take charge individual requiring minimal direction and oversight.
â€¢ Planning â€“ Strategic & Tactical
â€¢ Program/Project Management
â€¢ Operations Management
â€¢ Management of Working Groups
â€¢ Consulting Skills - Problem Solving
Over 25 years experience including 15 years Nuclear Utility, 10 years Wireless Telecommunications, 2 years Biometrics, and founded and operated a successful Management Consulting firm. Led programs of a significant nature including all aspects of building and operating three startup companies, a major acquisition, and a $500M Wireless System build-out.
Defense Solutions, Exton, PA November 2007 â€“ May 2008
Director â€“ Planning & Program Management
Direct report to President/COO. Provided leadership to assist in developing the Company into a premier defense consulting organization. This included all aspects of operating the Company and developing the organizational infrastructure. Responsible for program/project management for all major initiatives.
â€¢ Led strategy sessions with Senior Management to identify priorities and plans for major initiatives.
â€¢ Assisted in developing and delivering a $3-7M capital raise program and strategy to take the company public via a reverse merger.
â€¢ Led team to develop a $450M proposal to provide military equipment and services to the government of Iraq.
VoiceVerified, New Hope, PA May 2005 â€“ February 2007
Chief Planning Officer / Interim Chief Security Officer
Worked with the CEO & President in developing this Voice Biometric startup from concept/technology into a commercially viable product. Led major initiatives to develop all aspects of the operation. Chaired/led Senior Executive meetings during initial strategy phase through product commercial launch. Responsible for managing all major program/project initiatives.
â€¢ Led Senior Management Team through initial strategy formulation and developed an execution plan for the strategy.
â€¢ Led major initiatives including commercial infrastructure build-out, technology upgrades, and facilities management.
â€¢ Managed the build-out and deployment of the Companyâ€™s Network Operations Center (NOC).
â€¢ Managed all intellectual property initiatives including Patents and Trademarks. Filed and received 1 Provisional and Full Business Process Patent, and over 10 Trademarks.
â€¢ Assisted in two Company capital raises, totaling $16M. Personally raised $500K as part of these funding initiatives.
â€¢ Developed and implemented the Companyâ€™s Security Plan/Program, and the Business Continuity Plan.
UbiquiTel PCS, Conshohocken, PA April 2000 â€“ May 2005
Vice President - Planning
Assisted the COO in all major Programs/Projects and in the management of all business/functional areas from company concept through itâ€™s build-out, and as an operating company. Provided strategic and tactical planning and direct management of operations and major initiatives. Led studies and developed improvement programs to address underperforming operating functions within Sales and Marketing.
â€¢ Led all aspects of planning and implementation for this startup, including all business units and organizational planning.
â€¢ Developed and maintained a Master Planning Tool to capture the key initiatives, and manage execution/performance.
â€¢ Led initiatives to get the $500M Network Infrastructure build-out back on schedule. Reorganized the program, hired key project management personnel, and led all market build-outs to meet required contractual milestones from Sprint PCS.
â€¢ Led acquisition of Sprint PCS Affiliate Via Wireless, including managing 100+ employees, and program management of a Billing Conversion and $25M Network Infrastructure Upgrade. Identified and negotiated nearly $500K in savings.
â€¢ Identified required Corporate organization & staffing levels, assessed space requirements, and found alternative office space to relocate the office, saving over $500K. Negotiated to find alternative office space for Company growth. Formulated a deal to save $1.5M in future rental by successfully negotiating out of the companyâ€™s existing lease, while offering a significantly larger space.
â€¢ Served as interim General Manager for a major Regional Field Operation. Stabilized market, identified problem areas, and implemented get well plans in Retail and Indirect Sales channels resulting in increased sales.
â€¢ Initiated and conducted studies/analyses to evaluate issues of the highest priority to the Company including Churn Reduction, Indirect Sales Channel Performance, and Retail Channel execution consistency. Identified root causes and recommendations for improvements resulting in adjustments to operations and subsequent sales increases.
M. Arthur Consulting Group, West Chester, PA June 1998 â€“ April 2000
Founder of this Management Consulting Firm. Responsible for all aspects of the business operations including business development. Assisted clients including AIG, Sprint and AT&T Wireless Affiliates, and Comcast Cellular in developing strategic and tactical operating plans.
â€¢ Led growth over a two year period with revenues exceeding $1 million.
â€¢ Served as an Advising Director on the Board of U.S. Cranberry Pagesâ„¢, a wireless internet venture.
Comcast Cellular Communications, Wayne, PA June 1995 â€“ June 1998
Director â€“ Project Development
Responsible for Product Portfolio Management, Project Management of Major Projects and New Product Development (NPD) initiatives. Developed, staffed, and managed a Project Management organization to implement all new product development and major projects/programs.
â€¢ Developed a Strategic Planning Process Model described by the President as our â€œBlueprint for Strategic Planningâ€. Resulted in a division-wide Vision, Mission & Value statement shared with all employees.
â€¢ Formed and chaired an Executive Committee to oversee NPD efforts, Portfolio Management, and overall Program Management. Implemented a Corporate Master Plan to manage the portfolio, including resources and priorities.
â€¢ Successfully launched several new products including the conversion of analog to digital wireless service.
Utility Industry Experience____________________________________________1980 - 1995
Independent Consultant, West Chester, PA ___ January 1992 â€“ May 1995
Provided Consulting services to the utility Industry. Assisted with the management of major power plant projects, including Assistant Project Manager for a $300M nuclear power plant upgrade project.
Delmarva Power & Light (DP&L), Wilmington, DE __November 1989 - January 1992
Engineer (Grade Level 12)
Provided co-owner management of two joint-venture nuclear plants, representing 65% of DP&Lâ€™s production budget. Provided oversight related to financial, technical, and Public Utility Commission issues.
Theodore Barry & Associates (TB&A), Los Angeles, CA __ April 1987 â€“ July 1989
Provided management consulting services to major U.S. utilities, regulators, and corporations, included litigation support, management audits, and assessing major construction projects related to power plants and health care facilities
Public Service Electric & Gas, Hancocks Bridge, NJ ____ December 1980 â€“ April 1987
Performed planning & scheduling functions for capital projects and plant modifications for a two unit nuclear facility.
Performed operational reviews of project management for the construction of the Hope Creek Nuclear plant
Master of Business Administration (MBA) â€¢ Widener University, Chester, PA 1986
Bachelor of Science, Construction Engineering â€¢ Spring Garden College, Chestnut Hill, PA 1980
Lectured nationwide at various professional and national industry organizations including the Project Management Institute (PMI), Product Development & Management Association (PDMA), and the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) on various project management, strategy, planning, and new product development subject matters.
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