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A position that combines my Project Management and Leadership expertise with my maritime background.


Senior Project Manager, LK Industries, Jacksonville, FL, 2005-2007

• Coordinated all aspects of store package installations for major national brands, such as Einstein Bros Bagels, Starbucks (Kroger Stores), Smoothie King, and Target;

• Managed multiple store package projects simultaneously from conceptual drawings to final punch list and post-installation evaluation;

• Supervised design & engineering support for over 100 store packages and design packages;

• Communicated with all stake-holders on various aspects of projects and documentation.

• Ensured production quality need-date standards were maintained for all stained-wood product lines (Starbucks, Einstein Bros Bagels, HMS Host, and Borders);

• Key player in continuous improvement (Lean manufacturing) efforts;

• Pursued and obtained AWFI certification for all department personnel.

Department Manager, The Home Depot, Yulee & Palatka, FL; Hackensack, NJ 2003-2005

• Operated and supervised as many as five departments simultaneously (Flooring, Plumbing, Kitchen & Bath, Décor, and Appliances), transforming them from statistical under-performers to achieving sales above plan sales and above gross margin targets;

• Ran a $4.5 million per-annum Millwork business with top-rated sales and profitability statistics, including sales/labor plan estimation and inventory management.

• Acted in the capacity of the Store Manager when required overseeing all customer service and personnel management issues.

Programmer-Analyst, ADP Brokerage Services Group, Jersey City, NJ 1999-2002

• Developed, tested and implemented over 300 new programs and program changes in various computer languages and environments;

• Worked with clients on defining program upgrades and new reports.

Independent Business / Finance Consultant, New York, NY 1998-1999

• Successfully obtained over $2.5 million in financing and business expansion capital.

Financial Consultant, Smith Barney, New York, NY 1996-1998

• Managed over $4.5 million in client assets with superior rates of return.

Manager of Program Development, MarineSafety International, Kings Point, NY 1993-1996

• Developed & marketed simulator-based maritime training and port development projects.

Surface Warfare Officer, US Navy, Various Ships & Shore Commands 1983-1993

• Lead numerous and varying departments aboard ship and ashore in the following billets: Chief Engineer, Staff Plans Officer, Operations Officer, Combat Information Center Officer, Navigator, Administration Officer, First Lieutenant, and Auxiliaries Officer;

• USN Qualifications: Command-at-Sea; Command Duty Officer; Tactical Action Officer; Engineer Officer On Watch (both Gas Turbine and 1200-psi Steam propulsion plants); Officer of the Deck (fleet, underway); Staff Watch Officer (NATO); Staff Navigator; Boat Group Commander.


B.S., Nautical Science / Marine Transportation, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

Minor: Personnel Management; Concentration: Tanker Operations


Certificate, Wood Finishing Systems/Spray Operator, American Wood Finishing Institute (AWFI);

Certificate, Mainframe Programming, Chubb Computer Services / The Chubb Institute;

Certificates, Department Head & Division Officer Courses, US Navy Surface Warfare Officer’s School Command


Project Management

• Coordinated over 100 store package installations as the single point-of-contact for designers, architects, construction and installation crews, production, purchasing, and store management across multiple brands;

• Managed account and brand relationships and new store design projects for major Franchisers/Licensors such as Einstein Bros, Starbucks, Smoothie King and Target;

• Headed up new product design and engineering initiatives including value engineering efforts, prototypical store design implementation, and manufacturing and installation quality improvements;

• Conducted store package opening punch lists;

• Performed pre-construction site surveys and site readiness inspections;

• Facilitated both pre-construction and post-installation conference calls;

• Communicated project status through project management tools such as MS Project and weekly/monthly/long-term multi-project schedules.

Program Coordination

• Coordinated New Store fixture setup and merchandizing sets as the single point-of-contact between construction teams, vendor set crews, display installers and store management in opening the new Home Depot in Yulee, FL;

• Key player in the opening of three new Home Depot stores: Hackensack, NJ; Palatka, FL; Yulee, FL;

• Oversight and execution of over 40 merchandizing and vendor resets in multiple departments;

• Project Manager for a $25-million Docking Ship Restricted Availability (DSRA);

• Managed 160,000 man-hour ship’s force work list;

• Drafted and presented business plans and secured funding for $2.5-million business expansion.

Management / Supervision

• Directed entire store’s sales and operations staff as a key-carrier / Manager-on-Duty;

• Directed Millwork sales force in achieving 105-percent over-plan sales and a #1 ranking company-wide;

• Performed and supervised inventory management for over $3-million in store products;

• Managed / developed over 175 personnel in various disciplines toward common goals;

• Successfully refined and implemented numerous new projects.


Dear Hiring Manager:

I am a US Merchant Marine Academy alumnus looking to return the maritime industry after having been away from the business for the past few years. Until recently, I was a Senior Project Manager for a store package manufacturer in Jacksonville, Florida, serving as the single point-of-contact for all aspects of project implementation. This required coordination and supervision of multiple and varying functions.

Additionally, I served in the US Navy for over ten years. I was a Chief Engineer (steam and gas turbine propulsion certificates) and held various deck billets including Operations Officer, Navigator, and First Lieutenant. I also headed-up a $25-million dry-docking and shipyard overhaul.

I feel that my maritime background and considerable management expertise would be great assets to your firm.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I hope to have the opportunity to discuss the opening with you in person.


Douglas E. Ullman

(904) 475-1189 (Home)

(904) 240-6699 (Mobile)

Jacksonville, FL,
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