5200 Springfield St.
Dayton, OH 45431
Phone: 937-476-2212
Phone: 937-478-3423 (m)
As Vice President of CDOs Systems & Technology Solutions division Mr. Ertel has been responsible for growing the division from a startup to it current state as a leader in supplying AIDC solutions. He has experience in all levels of management, and is well versed in managing the development of AIDC solutions from requirements through deployment and sustainment. In his current role he is responsible for strategic and tactical plan development and execution for over 200 people at multiple geographic sites and over $25 Million in Sales. Mr. Ertel uses his 23 years of Auto ID Industry experience to enhance the contribution technology makes to the overall success of CDO and its customers, assimilating emerging technologies in business solutions, and developing technology strategies that align with business and customer needs. Additionally, Mr. Ertel has to staff, supervise, mentor, and lead teams of highly skilled managers, technical, functional, and support staff daily. These dynamic teams under Mr. Ertels leadership develop and implement technology plans based on business requirements, including infrastructure requirements, business application solutions, computer operations, and sustainment support. The key to Mr. Ertels success has been to ensure customer service comes first. He applies the required level of customer service by utilizing technology resources, including availability of resources, timeliness of projects, risk mitigation, and responsiveness to customer expectations. Mr. Ertel participates in strategic planning, development of corporate goals, new business development strategies, and general overall operations of the Emerging Technologies Division. Provides advice and direction on a variety of corporate decisions regarding Company operations, and enlist the cooperation of other Divisions concerning activities related to the successful attainment of Company goals, objectives and priorities. Creates plans for implementation of new technology projects to ensure that products meet valid functional, reliability and performance needs of customers. Mr. Ertel served as the Director for Automatic Identification Technology (AIT) projects. He directed a team of software engineers and programmers who developed software requirements, design software, develop software code, and perform unit and integration testing for software modules. Don was also responsible for planning, scheduling, assigning tasks, reviewing code via walkthroughs, and overall quality assurance. He worked with the customer to keep the customer abreast of progress and to resolve any problems. He provided status reports and conducts regular technical review meetings with the customer. Under Dons leadership, several AIT task orders were accomplished. The Aircrew Life support Equipment and Record Tracking System (ALERTS) involved identifying aircrew and in-aircraft life support equipment items such as parachutes, life rafts, oxygen masks, etc. These items were identified with bar codes and the bar code records were maintained on a Microsoft SQL Relational Data Base Management System (RDBMS) for instantaneous on-line retrieval from workstations connected to a Local Area Network (LAN) with access to the Defense Data Network (DDN). Dons software development team defined software requirements and converted these requirements into operational software. Don was responsible for developing the Mobility Inventory Control and Accounting System (MICAS) for chemical warfare defense equipment. The mobility bags contained chemical/biological protective equipment. Previously, inspection, inventorying, and shelf life compliance were accomplished via time-consuming manual methods. MICAS uses one-dimensional bar codes to automate the receipt, inspection, storage, issue, shipment, and inventory control of chemical/biological C-bags for Consolidated Mobility Bag Control Centers (CMBCCs) at McDill AFB, Florida and Beale AFB, California. Don led the system development team in defining requirements, establishing an open system architecture, and implementing the system for a stand-alone PC or as a network workstation. MICAS software is written in PowerBuilder with a SQL Anywhere database. Don led a system development team for the Egress Equipment Tracking System (EETS). Aircraft egress systems are activated by munitions devices to separate aircrew seats and canopies from disabled aircraft. Functional egress systems are critical for aircrew safety. Egress systems depend on munitions devices that have limited service life. Manual inspection and recording methods have proved inaccurate. Don and his team defined requirements and designed a system for on-aircraft inspections and shop inventories of egress system components that were based on Automatic Identification Technology (AIT) using one- and two-dimensional bar codes for recording information. The system accurately determines when critical on-aircraft egress items need replacement and provides effective inventory management. For Computer Sciences Corporation, Don was a Project Leader for a paperless order processing and inventory management system for the Air Force Quality Institute. He was responsible for designing, developing, installing the software and training users. The system was written in Visual BASIC and consisted of document imaging, optical storage, automatic data collection devices, local area networking, e-mail, and fax capabilities. As Project Leader, he was responsible for managing total project costs and keeping the work on schedule. He was the technical lead in the analysis, design, and implementation of a prototype project to incorporate advanced Automatic Data Collection technologies in the Air Force Civil Engineering Community. This project used automatic data collection technologies to improve civil engineering processes. He prepared a systems requirements document and cost/benefit analysis. He also designed and implemented system software, hardware, and database structures. He programmed advanced automatic data collection devices for the system. Don managed the AIT Laboratory for the Air Force Materiel Command. He installed, tested, and evaluated new hardware and software, demonstrated laboratory capabilities, performed technical evaluations of AIT projects, and identified and resolved hardware/software work stoppages and other problems in fielded systems. He determined costs for converting existing systems into AIT systems. He conducted requirements, feasibility, and systems analysis for integration and implementation of office automation environments using microcomputer hardware and software, word processing, electronic filing, electronic mail, and a document imaging system for the AIT Program Office. He developed an MS-Windows product in C++ to read bar codes from documents as they are scanned in via a document scanner. This product has been used in multiple information management system projects. Mr. Ertel worked on the Prime Technical Order Warehouse System (PTOWS) project. This project involved applying bar codes to technical orders to identify them and provide inventory control. Software was developed in FoxPro. PTOWS is a client server system. Data input is accomplished via scanners and RF transmission of data. Education B.S. Computer Engineering - Wright State University Professional Organizations Area Coalitions for Education - Excellence (ACE-E)  Member of the Strategic Charter Working Group Aim/NA  Member of the Board of Directors Aim/Global ANSI MH-10 Subcommittee ANSI RFID Experts Group Air Force Association Air Force Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Logistics Officers Association (LOA) Survival and Flight Equipment Association (SAFE)