RANDAL A. ZIPSER
871 Seddon Cove Way
Tampa, Florida 33602
Ph./Fax: (813) 223-3022
Entrepreneur, scientist, data-management and information expert, grant and proposal writer, professional consultant, antique dealer, and business owner. Principal theme during much of my eclectic, early career was focused on providing professional services in electronic data acquisition/optimization, analysis, R&D, and consulting for a variety of scientific and business fields requiring the development of innovative solutions to everyday problems in both data management and the physical, natural, and applied (interdisciplinary) sciences. In addition to the above, over the past decade, I have been serving (and currently hold the title) as Vice-President of La Petite Galerie, Inc., a family-held antique enterprise in Tampa, Florida. In early 2007, I've expanded my role as Principal Owner/Manager of Zipser Appraisal Services, a subsidiary of La Petite Galerie, which provides fine-art, antique, and personal-property appraisals to individuals, businesses, and attorneys.
PROFILE OF EXPERIENCE
Over the course of three decades, I have acquired "hands-on" experience as a researcher, analyst, scientist, principal investigator, and generalist consultant with numerous public-sector organizations and private-sector clients. Having demonstrated a proven capacity to adapt quickly in different or changing situations, and to readily assimilate new information, has taken my professional career into many far-flung fields, including civil engineering, hydrology, governmental program grants/management, educational database research, merchandising analysis, and business start-up and ownership. A common element contributing to success in all these areas is my proven skill to uncover the true meaning behind data, determine or predict outcomes, and effectively communicate accurate results.
Awarded Master of Science Degree, Meteorology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, 1976. [Minor: Computer Science].
Awarded Bachelor of Science Degree, Physics/Astronomy, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, 1973. [Minor: Mathematics].
The following reflect non-degreed or non-certificate enrichment education I obtained for the purpose of professional development and upgrading of skills at various times during my career:
Course in Electromechanical Technology at the Pinellas Technical Education Center (PTEC), Largo, FL, 1993.
Course in "C" Programming Computer Language at the Center for Professional Development, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, 1992.
Course in Basic Accounting, Oklahoma Center for Continuing Education, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, 1979.
Computer skills have been cultivated through "hands-on" experience or specialized training classes throughout my career, and this continues to date. Some examples of software/utilities/applications I have mastered and used over the past thirty years include: Harvard Graphics, LOTUS 1-2-3, C/C+, FORTRAN IV, COBOL, SPSS, as well as the entire Microsoft Windows O/S Suite (Word, EXCEL, Publisher, Access, Outlook, and Power Point). In addition, for hydrologic modeling and simulations: "Extended Transport" (EXTRAN) model developed at the University of Florida; and SPLASH, a wave-height and storm-surge simulation model.
2007 Principal Owner and Manager, Zipser Appraisal Services, Tampa, FL; Joined the support team of WINDHUNTER Corporation, Sun City Center, FL;
1995-Present Vice-President, La Petite Galerie, Inc., Tampa, FL;
1994 Merchandising Analyst Consultant, Thompson & Company, Tampa, FL;
1985-1992 Various positions for the State of Florida, Tallahassee, FL, in descending chronological order:
Evaluation Consultant for the National Science Foundation/Statewide Systemic Initiative, Florida Department of Education;
Senior Staff Analyst for Renewable Energy Programs, Executive Office of the Governor, Florida Governor's Energy Office;
Growth Management Analyst, Florida Department of Community Affairs;
Development Planner, Florida Department of Community Affairs;
Project Scientist, "Oil Leaks" Program, Florida Department of Environmental Regulation.
1979-1985 Support Scientist for the civil engineering firm of Post, Buckley, Schuh & Jernigan, Inc., Tampa, FL;
Hydrologist and OK State Flood Coordinator for the National Flood Insurance Program, Oklahoma Water Resources Board, Oklahoma City, OK;
1979 Radiological Health Technician, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Hays, KS;
Research Meteorologist, General Electric/Management and Technical Services Company [contractor to the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center], Greenbelt, MD.
Over the course of my career, I estimate that I have authored and co-authored approximately 150 unpublished papers, technical reports, abstracts, grants, proposals, etc. (Most of these were in governmental agencies; thus, hard-copies of these documents likely no longer exist.) However, a few of the key technical documents that I have retained are listed below:
1 "Field Observations of the Union City Tornado in Oklahoma" [co-author], Weatherwise, American Meteorological Society, 27:2, April, 1974.
2 "Operation Study Summary for Bear Creek Reservoir in Logan County, Oklahoma," Oklahoma Water Resources Board, August, 1979.
3 "Hydrologic Investigation of the North Canadian River Basin [co-author], Publ. #103, Oklahoma Water Resources Board, May, 1980.
4 "Guidelines for the 100-Year Floodplain Delineation," Oklahoma Water Resources Board, September, 1981.
5 "A Model for Prioritizing Communities Based Upon Flood Hazard Potential," Oklahoma Water Resources Board, September, 1981.
6 "Rules and Regulations for Building and Construction on State Owned or State Operated Property Within Floodplains," Rules, Regulations, and Modes of Procedure, 1982, Oklahoma Water Resources Board, 1982.
7 "Application of Target Proposal for OWRB/FEMA Cooperative Agreement for the SAP/NFIP, Fourth Year," Oklahoma Water Resources Board, December, 1982.
8 "Considerations in the Development of a State Operational Weather Modification Plan" [co-author], Agricultural Water Management, Elsevier Science Publishers, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, vol. 7, pp. 37-52, January, 1983.
9 "Oklahoma's Reach to the Clouds," Oklahoma Water Resources Board, February, 1983.
10 "Final Reports for Oklahoma's State Assistance Program of the National Flood Insurance Program (SAP/NFIP)" for Years I, III, IV, Oklahoma Water Resources Board, September, 1981- September, 1983.
11 "Application and Proposal for Funding FY'85 SAP Under FEMA/NFIP," Oklahoma Water Resources Board, July, 1984.
12 "Tarpon Lake Villages: Wastewater Treatment System," Post, Buckley, Schuh & Jernigan, Inc., January, 1985.
13 "Survey and Report of Storm Drainage System for the City of St. Petersburg, Florida," Post, Buckley, Schuh & Jernigan, Inc., February, 1985.
14 "Stormwater Management Master Plan: Phase I Study for Hillsborough County," Post, Buckley, Schuh & Jernigan, Inc., June, 1985.
15 "Frenchtown Area [Tallahassee] Drainage Study," Post, Buckley, Schuh & Jernigan, Inc., December, 1985.
16 "Florida Energy: Research & Development Index, 1988," Florida Governor's Energy Office, May, 1989.
(17) "Briefing Paper on Ethanol Fuels," Florida Governor's Energy Office, July, 1989.
(18) "Atmospheric Warming, Ozone Depletion, and Acid Rain: Strategies for Florida in the 1990s," Overview of Renewables Programs Funded in FY 1988-1989, Florida Governor's Energy Office, April 1990.
19 "Using Florida's Automated Student Database to Evaluate Postsecondary-Level Science Curricula: A Research Example," (consultant to the) Florida Department of Education, February, 1992.
20 "Florida's National Science Foundation Statewide Systemic Initiative," Annual Progress Report, (consultant to the) Office of Science Education Improvement, Florida Department of Education, May, 1992.