The Career of Donald Peters, Enfield CT Website Designer:

I suppose that my career can be divided into 9 phases:

  1. The Farm. I was the oldest child on a dairy farm in Northern Wisconsin. If you don't understand that statement, consider this: I was driving a farm tractor at age 7 and a pickup with a manual unsynchronized transmission at 10. I had my first motor vehicle accident at about 12, which was also about the age when I first hurt my back. I learned to help a heifer give first birth, and then to butcher the bull calf a month later. I learned to work and about life and death and my place in nature. I learned about Family but I didn't learn much about other people.
  2. The Army. I was drafted after an unsuccessful attempt at college. In basic training I learned to do pushups while being kicked by a drill sergeants. I learned to fear black officers and white sergeants but not black sergeants or white officers. In Vietnam I learned that I had more in common with the Vietnamese people than I did with my fellow soldiers. I also learned a little about how to love a woman, and because we had little privacy, how few men care that there is a person in that body. I learned a lot about people, not all of it good, and a lot about what kind of person I wanted to be.
  3. Burroughs/Unisys. After an Associates Degree in Electronics, I repaired mainframe computers for 10 years. I learned that I could fix anything. And that the worst job in the world is a 1st level manager in a Fortune 500 company that is in trouble and shrinking. I got to live in Minneapolis, Marion Iowa and San Antonio Texas. I was very good at my job well paid for it when my family was young.
  4. Ketterman's Inc. I correctly predicted that Unisys was going to gradually fail. Although there may have been better personal options, I chose to take a big gamble. It worked for a while, I turned the Northeast District from a 1-man-show (me) into a 10-person operation which was the only profitable remote office that Ketterman's Inc (Dallas TX) had. I learned that as a manager I should have read The Prince first; that it is much safer to be feared than loved (in today's meaning, loved=respected).
  5. ASE and EPD. The companies got smaller and so did my success ratio and timeframes. The best that can be said was I made the transition from hardware repair to software programmer/analyst.
  6. Link Systems. A great job until 2000 when Link Systems was sold to a company that went bankrupt.
  7. The Hartford. Another great job until The Hartford became outsourcing obsessed and essentially an Indian Corporation whose primary function is to take money from American policy-holders and send it to India.
  8. PCS and CIT. Another transition, to working for myself. I only answer to my customers. Finally!
  9. Semi-Retirement. I don't work as hard anymore, 20 hours a week is about my preferred limit. I am doing more fishing, more dancing and looking for a serious girlfriend! It is strange because at a time in life where most people are losing their skills and edge, I am doing some of my best work since Burroughs and Ketterman's and ASE. I am a lot better software developer than I was 10 or 15 years ago, and I was better than average then.

I have a resume but it is only for reference, I am not looking for a job.  Ask if you have contract work for me.