Greg J. Paskal
164 Middleboro Circle • Franklin, TN 37064
(214)763-9063 • Greg@GregPaskal.com

Objective:
Apply extensive technical and problem solving skills in creative, innovative ways, building strong, collaborative relationships with team members as customer advocate.

Architect and implement proven Testing Center of Excellence (TCoE) principals across the enterprise including Automation Best Practices, Multi-Language Application Automation, Mobile Testing, Web and Manual testing.

Strengths in Test Automation, teaching and mentoring engineers in effective software testing principals. Strong public speaking, writing and presentation skills. Lifelong Learner leveraging broad technical background to dream, innovate and implement new methodologies and practices.
Experience:
2013 - Current
ARGO - Corporate Office
Richardson, Texas
Quality Assurance Principal - Serving as lead technologist in Quality Assurance, shaping best practices across tools, processes and development with an emphasis on automation. Working across the entire QA organization, identifying innovative opportunities to more effectively implement automation across the enterprise leveraging tools such as HP Unified Functional Testing (UFT/QTP), Business Process Testing (BPT) and HP Quality Center (QC/ALM). Mentoring automation engineers in highly sustainable / maintainable approaches for greater ROI in development efforts. Speaker at QA Trailblazers Conference on Best Practices in Deriving Expected Results Data. Published author with articles in industry publications including StickyMinds and Software Test & Quality Assurance.
2012 - 2013
Fossil - Corporate Office
Richardson, Texas
Lead Test Automation Engineer - Utilizing HP QuickTest Pro (QTP), Business Process Testing (BPT) and HP Quality Center (QC) to automate Triversity - SAP Point of Sale (POS). Design and implement verbose, data driven, automated framework to test all aspects of this internationally deployed POS. Emphasis placed on highly sustainable / maintainable architecture to ensure ongoing usage and significant ROI from the engagement. Mentor automation engineers in best practices in test automation & development. Speaker at QA Trailblazers Conference on Automation of Complex Data and Dashboards as well as Automation Evaluations and Critical Metrics.
2006 - 2008
JCPenney - Corporate Office
Plano, Texas
Infrastructure Architect - UNIX/Linux & Test Engineering - UNIX/Linux subject matter expert for current and future application considerations. Hands on test engineering, applying best practices in Quality Assurance (QA) regression testing of applications under development. Research enterprise security tools. Automated tool development for data synchronization across a broad range of UNIX/Linux environments. Process documentation for business critical functions. Team building and strengths identification for engineering staff.
2006 - 2008
JCPenney - Corporate Office
Plano, Texas
Infrastructure Architect - UNIX/Linux & Test Engineering - UNIX/Linux subject matter expert for current and future application considerations. Hands on test engineering, applying best practices in Quality Assurance (QA) regression testing of applications under development. Research enterprise security tools. Automated tool development for data synchronization across a broad range of UNIX/Linux environments. Process documentation for business critical functions. Team building and strengths identification for engineering staff.
2004 - 2006
FedEx Kinko's - Corporate Office
Dallas, Texas
Senior Systems Engineer - Intranet & eLearning Systems - Development & support of enterprise Intranet, to 20,000+ team members. Primarily development in HTML, JavaScript, PERL, PHP and ASP. Leveraging best practice web technologies for business and functional purposes across the enterprise. Architectural design and implementation of new Intranet strategies utilizing Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 (RHE4), Apache and Tomcat. Third level support for Saba Learning Management System (LMS) and Liaison between second and third level support. Development of support solutions reducing tech support calls. Project management and field rollout of standardized Java configuration to 1,200+ retail locations enabling better compatibility between critical business & field support systems
2001 - 2004
FedEx Kinko's - Corporate Office
Dallas, Texas
Senior Engineer - Quality Assurance - Test engineering of FedExKinkos.com website and eCommerce client/server applications. Development of web based project management and testing tools providing faster turn around and thorough test coverage. Development of Mercury WinRunner automated test scripts created exclusively in TSL providing long-term repeatability. Specialists in web security (IS) and infrastructure testing. Speaker at international QA conferences including StarEast, StarWest, QAI & BZ Media Software Test and Performance. Creator of Minimal Essential Testing Strategy (METS)
1999 - 2001
University of the Nations - YWAM Woodcrest
Lindale, Texas
Internet Communications Instructor - Development of web communications curriculum, teaching international students effective web design. Design and development of YWAMWoodcrest.com website. Technical architect of data, phone and video network for new international training campus.
1995 - 1999
Vanderbilt University - Computer Store
Nashville, Tennessee
Senior Macintosh Technician - Provided technical support to 3,000+ students, faculty and staff. Hardware/Software troubleshooting and repair for Macintosh computers. Hardware/Software consulting to university departments assisting with custom solutions to meet business needs. eCommerce & Database development of PERL/FileMaker Pro solution. Completed project providing online catalog and purchasing from campus computer store. Subject mater expert (SME) on all Apple Macintosh products. Supervisor
1995 - 1995
Inacomp Computer Center
Brentwood, Tennessee
Macintosh Training & Support Engineer - Hardware/Software support engineer for all Apple Macintosh products. Hardware troubleshooting and repair for walk in and on site cliental. Application Training of software such as Photoshop, QuarkXPress & FileMaker Pro. Specialist in graphic arts design and FileMaker Pro Database development.
1994 - 1995
Computer Marketing Corp.
Nashville, Tennessee
Macintosh Support Engineer - Senior Technician and supervisor of repair department. Oversaw orders fulfillment and management of product inventory. Hardware/Software support for Middle Tennessee customer base. Development of FileMaker Pro inventory control system. Design of monthly publication advertising artwork.
1992 - 1994
Elliott/Drinkward Construction
Redondo Beach, California
Office & Technical Manager - Performed accounts payable/receivable & payroll function. Developed custom job and cost tracking solution. Automated back office functions in Visual Basic (VB) for improved workflow. Employee database management.
1983 - 1992
Hughes Aircraft Company
Torrance, California
Engineering Liaison & Test Engineer - Development of automated test utilizing Macintosh, PC computer systems and LabVIEW. Circuit design and assembly of custom automation life-test equipment. HV equipment assembly and repair. Schematic drawing and layout utilizing CAD. Engineering assistance to Senior scientist and engineers. Secret security clearance.
Consulting:
2001 - Current
MissionWares.com
Ventura, California & Plano, Texas
Systems Administrator & Software Developer - Development of 7 iPhone applications utilizing Xcode and Objective C. Authored employee recognition solution (RecognizeAnother.com). Built and manage physical and virtual Linux servers running Apache, PHP & MySQL (LAMP). Built QMAIL server solution. Web hosting dozens of personal projects (MissionWares.com). Development of children's educational software. Development of Bill Organizer software with 30,000 annual downloads. Development of music management software. Author of white papers on social issues introduced by excessive technology dependencies. Speaker at annual writers conference, teaching on strategic writing and web theologies.
1995 - 2001
Thou Art Software
Lindale, Texas
Technical Solutions Consultant - Web & eCommerce design for online awards company in Hollywood. Enterprise database and marketing design for fabric finishing company in East Texas. Client & project management tool for Nashville recording studio. Onsite computer repair and data recovery for Nashville recording artist.
1990 - 1999
All The World's A Stage Performing Arts Group
Torrance, California & Nashville, Tennessee
Founder & Writer - Developed and wrote a large repertory of dramatic presentations. Leadership of 10-15 performers in hundreds of presentation throughout the United States. Coordinated cross-country relocation of performers to Nashville, Tennessee. Instruction and coaching of thousands of students in dramatic skills including movement, speaking & writing.
Public Speaking:
StarEast 2011 - Orlando, Florida
Automation Strategies Complex Data An effective and repeatable test automation approach to validating large volumes of data. Teaching includes analysis, best practices and understanding the importance of ROI in any test automation effort.
Youth with a Mission (YWAM) Woodcrest 2007 - Lindale, Texas
Server School - Hands on training in cost effective server strategies. Emphasis placed on server virtualization utilizing open source technologies such as Linux, Apache, PHP and MySQL. http://serverschool.missionwares.com
Youth with a Mission (YWAM) Woodcrest 2005-2012 - Lindale, Texas
Writing for the Web - Effective strategies for writing search engine (Google) friendly content optimized for a target market.
Oregon Christian Writers Conference 2005-2006 - Canby Grove, Oregon
Strategic Influence through Writing and Technology - Providing relevant strategies for effectively influencing societal areas and people groups.
StarEast 2011 - Orlando, Florida
Test Automation Strategies for Complex Data and Dashboards. An effective automation model developed by Greg Paskal to effectively validate large volumes for data using test automation.
StarEast 2003 - Orlando, Florida
Minimal Essential Testing Strategy (METS). A QA testing methodology enabling developers and testers to optimize testing efforts under a constrained deadline. Focusing on the most critical to the least critical areas of the application under test.
StarWest 2003 - San Jose, California
Minimal Essential Testing Strategy (METS). (Same as above)
QAI International Testing Conference 2004 - Orlando, Florida
Minimal Essential Testing Strategy (METS). (Same as above)
BZ Media Software Test and Performance Conference 2004 - Baltimore, Maryland
Minimal Essential Testing Strategy (METS). (Same as above) Also new course called Web testing tips and tricks providing tools to identify hard to find defects in web applications.
Publications:
Test Automation and Challenges of Complex Data - May, 2011
White paper complementing StarEast 2011 presentation on same topic. In-depth details on how the Complex Data (Automation Strategy) came about and how to effectively implement it into real world testing scenarios. Read more...
Pitfalls of an email-centric Society - January, 2005
White paper discussing the sociological issues introduced by excessive usage of email and other non-personal electronic communications. The purpose of this paper is to emphasize the importance of face-to-face interaction between persons and the dangers of moving away from social interaction. Read more...
Ministry Sustainability in a Visionary Rich Environment - April, 2005
White paper addressing a common issue found in volunteer organizations. The purpose of this paper is to help organizations prepare and manage a long lasting objective through the common turnover often found in volunteer organizations. Read more...
Skills:
Operating Systems Expertise
Windows Macintosh Unix/Linux iOS
Software development languages
VBScript Objective C HTML JavaScript
CSS Microsoft Macros PHP ASP
PERL AppleScript BASIC TSL
FileMaker Assembly LDML CDML
Software Proficiency
QuickTest Pro Xcode Quality Center Fireworks
iPhone Development Photoshop QuarkXPress FileMaker Pro
Word Excel PowerPoint Project
Visio WinRunner Dreamweaver BBEdit
Professional Talents
Systems Engineering Web Development Quality Assurance Test Automation Development
Technical Support Information Security Supervisor Team Lead
Accounting Payroll Marketing Training
Creative Writing Page Layout Graphic Design Photography
Public Speaking Entrepreneur Inventor Business Owner
Certifications:
HP/Mercury QuickTest Pro Basic HP/Mercury QuickTest Pro Advanced  
Basic Macintosh Mac Printers Mac Powerbooks
HP Printers A+ Class A NASA Solder Certification
Development Projects:
GregPaskal.com PaskalFamily.com MissionWares.com
MenoftheCross.com WomenoftheCross.com KidsoftheCross.com
mobile.MissionWares.com RecognizeAnother.com BillOrganizer.MissionWares.com