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Nick H.

Barakat
Canoga Park, CA 91304 818.620.0600 nick.barakat@gmail.com www.linkedin.com/in/nickbarakat

INFORMATION SYSTEM MANAGER


Resourceful and dedicated Manager with proven experience in technology, project management,
operations management, maintenance requirements and engineering. Succeeds within challenging
environments, providing solutions to address business needs and ensuring client satisfaction. Successfully
partners with diverse leaders to deliver cost-effective, sustainable technology systems to meet corporate
goals. Expertly establishes procedures to increase revenue and achieve required organizational expansion.
Offers outstanding written and verbal communication. Conceptualizes innovative strategies and provides
leadership and training to staff to ensure performance objectives are successfully met.
CORE COMPETENCIES
Information Technology

Operations Management
Strategic Planning
Sarbanes Oxley/ITIL

Project Management
Leadership / Training
System Development/Integration
Financial Administration

Engineering
Customer Service
Contract Negotiation
Procedural Design

PROFESSIONAL CAREER HISTORY

Clean Energy Fuels, Inc., Newport Beach, CA


2002-2014
INFORMATION SYSTEM MANAGER (2006-2014)
Played a key role in the growth and development of a product and service based business within the
alternative fuels industry for natural gas vehicles. Directed a critical corporate system conversion project,
including support infrastructure, facilities, technical initiatives and shared services, successfully supporting
all regional operations. Spearheaded best practices in line with corporate strategy to ensure optimal
operations within procurement, warehousing, point-of-sale systems, asset maintenance, automation and
IT. Skillfully adapted strategies to changing organizational needs for continuous growth and efficiency.
Managed daily operations and maintenance of the information systems infrastructure, comprising $2.5M in
assets within ten national offices. Directed a multi-vendor point of sale system integration to increase sales
and provide client-specific wrap-around solutions.
Directed the tasks and performance of six IT support staff, consultants and two managed services
companies, providing support to 1,100 users in the US, Canada, China and Bangladesh.
Managed and coordinated all security audits for Clean Energy network
Managed a $6M budget and all corporate Sarbane-Oxley IT audits.
Oversaw the relocation of a corporate data center and office.
Ensured appropriate corporate licensing, including Microsoft, vMware, Citrix, automation and
engineering.
Designed and implemented an MPLS network for all Clean Energy offices, subsidiary, and 500
CNG and LNG fueling stations.
Implemented a 100% virtualized environment, including Exchange, LYNC, vMware, System
Center, Direct Access, Dynamic CRM, Dynamic AX, SharePoint, GIS and SQL Environment.
Managed and supported the installation of a 650 Lync phone VoIP and Zeacom call center,
successfully reducing third-party vendor costs by 80%.
Designed and implemented IT standardization, reducing costs by 25% and improving efficiency.
Selected and implemented a video surveillance solution, enhanced existing industrial monitoring
system to support predictive failure monitoring and provided real-time failure notification, and
launched all current IT infrastructure elements from initial deployment.

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Implemented help desk tracking software to increase efficiency and reduce SLAs by 25%, a new
billing automation system, increasing sales by improving responsiveness to market demands,
raising revenue by $10M annually, and a ERP automation solution to improve efficiency and
reduce AR cycle, affected revenue $20M annually
Planned, implemented and standardized two proactive remote monitoring solutions to enhance
customer satisfaction and increase sales through automated order entry, and established customer
service automation initiatives to increase accuracy.

OPERATIONS MANAGER (2002-2006)


Directed regional operations, supply chain, IT infrastructure, achieving a significant increase in demand.
Designed a managerial framework from concept to a state-of-the-art organizational structure, including
procedures, training, technical requirements and staffing. Managed daily operations and maintenance of 55
fueling stations totaling $30M in assets.
Led continuous improvement initiatives, improving productivity, reducing costs and overseeing an
expansion from $10M to $75M.
Implemented technical solutions and managed relationships with seven key vendors to ensure the
availability of parts and services.
Directed the tasks and performance of 12 team members, including technicians, warehouse and
customer support staff.
Directed annual expenditures and monitored growth from $400K in 2002 to $2.1M in 2005.
Carried out capital improvement activities for technology upgrades ranging in cost from $250K to
$1M per year.
Introduced central and regional warehousing, and oversaw inventory management, replenishment
and checkout procedures in support of round-the-clock availability.
Successfully consolidated suppliers and standardized the parts inventory to reduce management
tasks and control staffing requirements.
Introduced an innovative cross-training program and tailored training strategies to provide the best
approach for a diverse operating environment.
Improved practices to reduce system downtime from 35% to 10%.
Established a preventive maintenance program to maintain all operations and support assets, and
successfully supported and executed an executive strategy to convert 40% or more of transaction
revenue to the retail credit card network.
Designed, packaged and provided the program control system for three CNG stations, including a
level monitoring system for 15 non-CE LNG stations.
PRIOR CAREER HISTORY

Level One Project Manager, Northwestern Steel and Wire, Sterling, IL (2000-2001)
Managed operations and design for electrical systems of $120M within the Structural Mill Project.
Coordinated activities of equipment suppliers and engineers, selected power distribution/control,
implemented cost reduction projects and maintained budgets/expenses.
Directed the Electrical Preventive Maintenance Program and oversaw 20 skilled maintenance
craftsmen.
Maintenance Supervisor / Electrical Engineer, SMI Steel, Columbia, SC (1996-2000)
Oversaw overall product line uptime and implemented cost saving projects, resulting in 50%
productivity improvement on the bundling line.
Conducted testing and startup for the $102M Rebar Mill Project, and oversaw the preventive and
predictive maintenance programs.

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EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT


Master of Engineering - Electrical Engineering, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC (1995)
Bachelor of Science - Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of South Carolina, SC (1992)
Certifications: Understanding Finance and Accounting, University of Southern California (2013);
Project Management, University of California Extension (2012)
PMP Certification - Expected completion 2015
ITIL 2011 Certification - Expected completion 2015
CompTIA Security + Certification - Expected completion 2015