Marc A. Forester


Seeking a position that can utilize my diverse technical skills.


10-2010 to Present

Independent Consultant

Bush, LA

Network Engineer

§  Providing Computer and Networking assistance as needed to small businesses.


2-2009 to 09-2010

TekSystems (Contracted to Providence Hospital)

Mobile, AL

Network Engineer

·         Maintained 120+ device Cisco Network

·         Standardized configuration of all switches and routers.

·         Set up configuration backup scripts to automatically maintain a weekly backup of all configurations.

·         Managed Project to set up redundant links to all switch locations.



1-2008 to 2-2009

Independent Consultant

Bush, LA

Network Engineer

§  Provided Computer and Networking Assistance to small businesses

§  Performed site survey for installation of Network and Phone equipment at Wachovia Site. Documented existing network and phones and verified necessary space for new equipment

§  Taught class on SONET and ATM to Air Force Personnel for Tonex


1-2007 to 12-2007

ESP (Contracted to Harris Corp working on FAA Network)

Melbourne, FL

Network Control Specialist 3

§  Provisioned Cisco routers and switches, Eastern Research DACS, and other equipment to turn up new sites for the FAA Network

§  Part of a team that finished scheduled site turn ups more than a month ahead of schedule.

§  Troubleshot issues with equipment and transport lines.


4-2003 to 9-2006

CC Systems/New South (Contracted to US Navy)

New Orleans, LA

Chief Network Engineer

§  Responsible for team that maintained the Navy’s Legacy Network in the New Orleans Area.

§  Network consisted of Avaya (Cajun), Marconi, Alcatel, and Cisco switches and routers comprising the MAN network and BAN for 4 bases.

§  Maintained NT4 Servers and Microsoft Exchange Servers. Maintained Linux based Firewalls, DNS Servers, and DHCP Servers.

§  Installed, turned up, and managed security suite consisting of 2 Sidewinder Firewalls, F5 Load Balancers, Symantec Mail Gateway, and VPN Servers.


6-2002 to 4-2003

A.J. Labourdette, Inc.

Harahan, LA

Network Engineer

§  Maintained internal network, computers and server (Small Business Server 2000). Designed and maintained company website.

§  Assisted in writing of bids and proposals.

§  Developed Customer documentation

§  Design and sell customer network solutions.



Independent Consultant to IterCorp

Mandeville, LA

Network Engineer

§  Worked as needed to troubleshoot repair 3Com NBX phone systems.


12-2001  to 6-2002

Forester Communications

Mandeville, LA


§  Installation and troubleshooting of customer networks.

§  VAR for 3Com, Cisco, Sonic Wall, APC, and Plantronics.


10-2001  to 12-2001

Nsync Services

Mandeville, LA

Network Engineer

§  Installation and troubleshooting of customer networks utilizing Cisco and 3Com equipment.

05-1999 to 08-2001

3Com Corporation

Mandeville, LA

Systems Engineer

§  Installation and troubleshooting of customer networks.

§  Regional expert on NBX phone system.

§  Developed Statements of Work and As-Built Drawings

§  Perform Network Audits to optimize customer networks.


05-1996 to 05-1999

Cox Business Services

New Orleans, LA

Engineering Supervisor

§  Supervised Engineering team.

§  Designed and installed Cox’s ATM backbone in New Orleans.

§  Designed Customer Solutions.

§  Designed new sites to SONET Backbone.

§  Rose quickly in position from Broadband Technician to Engineer, to Engineering Supervisor.


04-1995 to 04-1996

General DataCom

Mandeville, LA

Senior Field Engineer

§  Installation and troubleshooting of GDC equipment including ATM, Modems, and Multiplexers


06-1994 to 04-1995

Albright Consulting (Contracted to Bristol-Myers Squibb

Evansville, IN

Network Consultant

§  Training of customer technicians to run and maintain network.

§  Installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of Cisco Routers.

08-1990 to 05-1994

Ascom Timeplex (Onsite at State of Illinois and Bristol-Myers Squibb)

Springfield, IL Evansville, IL

Network Coordinator

§  Optimized the State of Illinois TDM network reducing network outages.

§  Maintained customer network and network management station.

§  Onsite at Bristol Myers Squibb designed and sold customer on a solution to replace competitor’s equipment on network with Timeplex equipment.

§  Was considered regional expert on Timeplex’s Network Management System (TimeView).


11-1985 to 08-1990

Exxon Company, USA

Houston, TX

Telecommunications Technician

§  Day to Day operations of Timeplex TDM network.

§  Maintenance of Microwave Systems

§  Maintained group computers.

§  Designed manual switching system for Video Conferencing saving Exxon Chemicals thousands of dollars

04-1985 to 11-1985

HBS Communications

Houston, TX

Radio Technician

§  Installed, maintained, and repaired Cellular phones, two way/trunked radios and repeaters.

10-1983 to 08-1984

Louisiana Telephone Company

Grand Isle, LA

Radio Technician

§  Installed, maintained, and repaired radios and repeaters onshore, offshore, and on ships.

06-1979 to 10-1983

US Navy


Avionics Technician (E-5)

§  Troubleshot and repaired Electronic Countermeasures equipment for Navy Planes at the AIMD level.


Industry Training Classes – Cisco, 3Com, and Timeplex specific training

Technology Training Classes – T-1, SONET, Frame-Relay, ATM, LAN Technologies, SONET, Fiber

US Navy – 1979 - Avionics