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Ched Switzer


Solutions Architect / Developer

Distinguished career guiding the creation of innovative systems and software

Strategically focused solutions developer with more than twelve years of experience influencing the direction of technology development for creators of leading-edge software products. Trusted resource to executive management for building technology maps that align flagship products with company goals. Demonstrated ability to lead projects through the creation of sophisticated technologies in intensive, performance driven R&D environments.

Systems Architecture, Design & Integration / R&D / IT Team Leadership / New Business Development Policy & Procedures Development / Technical Documentation / Client Relations

Technical Proficiencies

Actionscript 2/3, Adobe AIR, Adobe CS3/CS4/CS5, Adobe Flash 7/8/9/10/Lite, Adobe Flex 2/3/4, AMFPHP, AngularJS, ANT, API Creation/Consumption, AWS, C#, CSS, Design Patterns, Eclipse, ExpressJS, Flash Media Servers, JavaScript/PHP Frameworks, GIT, HTML5, Java, Javascript, jQuery, JSON, LAMP Stack, MEAN Stack, MySQL, MVC Architecture, Node.js, OOP, Perforce, Phalcon, PHP 3/4/5, RIA, RobotLegs, SQL,, SVN, WebGL, Web Services, XML, Yii, Zend

Professional Experience

YOOSTAR, INC., New York, NY 11/12 to Current

Solutions Developer / Architect - Contract

Design and implement numerous system in flagship product. Integrated cloud based services, streaming video servers

and performance based messaging technologies. Brought iOS application to market within budget and schedule.

Key Projects and Achievements

  • Recording and playback of audio and video with Flash/Flex and FMS

  • Audio, video and image processing.

  • Drive development of product to market.

  • Provide recommendations to system in regards to performance and stability.

  • Create content management system in PHP with accompanying API for mobile.

MICROSOFT, INC./FORD MOTOR CORP, Redmond, WA 06/11 to 11/12

Actionscript Developer - Contract

Work with numerous hardware and software groups to add features and remove bugs to the Microsoft Sync project.

Contribute to and implement design and functional specifications from customer.

Key Projects and Achievements

  • Convert existing AS2 code base to AS3 across the platform.

  • Improve performance and data integrity of the system.

  • Design, implement and test new feature requests from the customer.

  • Recommend and document architecture improvements to the platform.

ZINIO, INC., San Francisco, CA 03/11 to 06/11

Solutions Architect / Security - Contract

Instrumental in securing the communication between the players and the server as well as architecture decisions

on the player itself. Reported to upper management and was consulted on overall system design decisions.

Key Projects and Achievements

  • Platform utilized by numerous major publishers / content producers.

  • Implemented WebTrends into reader products.

  • Hand created XML Signature Validation and security classes to be used in production.

  • Ported code base to be used on RIM Playbook and created new reading app for platform.

LIBREDIGITAL, Austin, TX 03/10 to 10/10

Flash / Flex Architect - Contract

Led the development and support of Book Browse and iBrowse book preview platforms. Implemented libraries to facilitate page turning animations and creative assets into the product. Product performance was key to the success of this project.

Key Projects and Achievements

  • Platform utilized by the New York Times and numerous major book publishers / content producers.

  • Heavy emphasis on performance based caching and compatibility with existing web services within organization.

  • Developed internal caching engine to consume media for speed and proper resource handling.

  • Maintained and extended libraries shared among various company wide projects to streamline the code base.

ADOBE SYSTEMS, INC., Seattle, WA 02/09 to 03/10

Computer Scientist / Solutions Architect - Contract

Contributed to the on-going development and support of the Scene7 enterprise content platform. Applied design requirements and implemented new features and web services in accordance with multiple teams from within Adobe.

Key Projects and Achievements

  • Platform utilized by:, William-Sonoma, Macys, Sears, QVC, Office Depot, Puma, JCPennys, Delta, Fila, Behr, Blockbuster, Ethan Allen, Hallmark, Harley-Davidson, and many others.

  • Integrated web services from a diverse set of sources through SOAP, REST and XML-RPC calls using Flex.

  • Developed engine to consume user created templates for dynamic media generation.

  • Created and extended libraries to integrate Flex with data services to access back-end data.

ADOBE SYSTEMS, INC., Seattle, WA 01/08 to 01/09

Solutions Architect - Contract

Engaged as a Flex Architect in driving Adobes Digital Publishing initiative. Responsible for architectural vision, design, and prototyping of e-book management tools utilizing Flex, Flash, Java, and MySQL servers. Focused effort on the utilization of the Cairngorm application framework and OOP to increasing developer extensibility.

Key Projects and Achievements

  • Developed an admin console for distribution with Adobe Content Server 4 to enterprise clients. Contributed code to internal Adobe teams through Perforce, Tomcat and MySQL servers. Product shipped November 2008.

  • Developed Flex e-book reading widget for industry leading distributors / publishers such as Barnes & Noble and Ingram Digital. Product integrated onto clients public websites and store fronts.

  • Created Flex application demonstrating pre-release features of Flash Player 10, TLE and the Text Component Library used at ADOBE MAX 2008/2009 conference in San Francisco, Milan and Tokyo. Release on Adobe Labs.

  • Created R&D application utilizing pre-release features of Flash Player 10, Adobe Share API and Text Component Library. This was the first e-book rendering application written entirely in Actionscript and planned as an open-source release.

BLUEFROG MEDIA, INC., Seattle, WA 07/05 to 12/07

Senior Solutions Architect

Steered design and architecture of new platforms as part of R&D efforts. Partnered with customers and management to map development plans aligned with existing and future business needs. Created architecture and managed product integration into legacy systems; served as intermediary through all stages of planning and development. Managed vendors and communicated status and challenges to C-Level leadership. Provided direction and training to a team of ten resources in a dynamic, Agile development environment.

Key Projects and Achievements

  • Designed and developed the companys flagship interactive television platform from the ground up. Allowed users to directly interact with satellite television content thorough mobile phones. Reached more than ten million households and served as a revenue stream for the affiliate station groups.

  • Leveraged Adobe Flex, Flash and Adobe Media Server products along with PHP, Java and MySQL. Built enterprise level content management, moderation and scheduling systems. Connected mobile data and streaming media through a diverse set of technologies.

  • Established the interactive TV division, including processes and supporting systems. Developed and documented enterprise-level processes and practices governing development, product integration, and system operations.

  • Served as a technical subject matter authority for planning development road maps and prioritizing initiatives.

SAGE DEVELOPMENT, INC., Bellevue, WA 02/05 to Current

Founder / CTO

Guided business growth as the senior technical executive. Prepared and delivered presentations to prospective clients. Served as a guide to clients and IT staff through planning, requirements and specifications creation, development, and implementation. Created project plans, budgets, and resources estimates. Authored and administered the technical body of knowledge. Managed and mentored a staff of multidisciplinary professionals through the full project life cycle.

Key Projects and Achievements

  • Developed all company technical processes and procedures from the ground up.

  • Established a strong B2B client base that served as the basis for business expansion and referrals.

  • Served as Development Lead on all projects leveraging a wide range of technologies to numerous remote contractors.

  • Clients include: NOKIA, Cisco Systems, State Farm Insurance, Publishers Clearing House, Barnes & Noble, Adobe Systems and brought numerous start up initiatives to market.

Educational Background

Aviation Technology Program

Green River Community College, Auburn, WA

Applied Science Program

Bellevue Community College, Bellevue, WA

Professional Development - Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD)

Ched Switzer

Solutions Architect / Developer in Southern California

Through the course of my career, I have been instrumental in steering the development of flagship product lines in both R&D and B2B environments. With over 25 years of demonstrated end-to-end development of innovative software solutions, I have been a driving force for advancing the capabilities of an organization. This combined with my ability to bridge the gap between executive leaders, vendors, and clients during decision making, planning, development and product integration provide me with the experience to excel at any role.