Andre Speek

Living in the Netherlands | Husband to Brigitte | Father of Ruben and Charissa | CTO @ Silver Essence.

About

Over 15 years of experience in software design, development & implementation and over 25 years in sales. Mostly self-taught and still learning every day by watching others and being open for everything new or different.

Driven by innovation, passionate about creativity, striving to make the world around me a bit more happy; whether it's through music, food, photography or software.

Creativity is not a skill, it's a way of life.

Experience

Silver Solutions
Co-Founder & CTO
January 2010 - Present

Lead architect for innovation on the patented Silver Essence Semantic Rapid Application Development Platform. Front- and Back-end developer using ASP.NET, C#, XML, MS SQL, HTML, Javascript and CSS.

Responsible for the functional and technical design of the Silver development layer and the roll-out of vertical branch solutions that are created with it.

Cane e-Line
Product Manager
April 2005 - December 2009

Responsible for the design, development and certification of new Custom Solutions for Exact e-Synergy (Classic ASP and .NET) and Exact Globe.

Because of this role and the inter-dependency of the Exact Software, I became a member of the Exact Quality Commision; an advisory board with a strong focus in improving both Exact Synergy and Exact Globe.

Cane Consulting
Senior Consultant
September 2003 - March 2005

Implementing Exact Globe and e-Synergy plus designing and programming Custom Solutions for e-Synergy using ASP and VB6. Creating reports using Crystal Reports, Exact Excel Add-In and Sumatra Builder.

Also responsible for the Internal Network Administration and the Internal Training of new employees. Responsible for the design, development and certification of new Custom Solutions for Exact e-Synergy and Globe.

Actall
Exact Consultant
March 1999 - August 2003

Account Manager and Pre-sales Consultant. Also supporting and implementing Exact for Windows/DOS, Exact Globe and e-Synergy. Building reports with Sumatra Software and Excel.

Also responsible for the Customer Service Desk, the Internal Exact Implementation and the Internal Training of new employees.

E.A.R.S.
A & R Manager
January 1990 - September 1999

Independent Artist & Relations Manager, scouting talent, touring with artists and organizing promotional tours for endorsed artists. Represented or organized demo tours for amongst others Ron Thal, Shawn Lane, Jonas Helborg and Alphonso Johnson.

Also responsible for organizing and attending trade fairs throughout Europe.

Carvin Music Store
Store Manager
September 1996 - August 1998

Managing a sales-team of 6 employees in selling Musical Instruments, Pro-Audio and Lighting. Responsible for targeted revenue and purchase as well as internal automation and financial administration.

Also responsible for the launch of the webshop in November 1996.

Music Import Services
Account Manager
September 1994 - August 1996

Responsible for account management, visiting music shops throughout the Netherlands and Belgium. Primarily responsible for overall revenue and customer satisfaction.

Also involved in the import of carried brands which included Sovtek, Electro Harmonix, Breedlove Acoustic Guitars, Vigier Guitars & Basses, Midiman Computer Interfaces and Rivera Amplification.

Peter Verspuy
Sales & Repair
September 1993 - August 1994

Selling Musical Instruments with a specialty in Guitars, Bass Guitars and Amplification.

Tierolff Muziekcentrale
Sales & Repair
November 1989 - August 1993

Selling Musical Instruments with a specialty in Guitars, Bass Guitars and Amplification.

Rotterdam Conservatory (now Codarts) 1985 - 1990

Studied Composing & Arranging with Ruud Bos. Other teachers included Lex Hakker, Folkert Grondsma, Jan-Laurens Hartong, Ab Schaap and Peter Ypma. Took Master Classes from, amongst others, Bob Brookmeyer, Bob Mintzer, Michael Brecker, Loek Dikker, Ron McClure and Chris Hinze.

Thomas More College (now Markland College) 1983 - 1985

Middle School

Pastoor Hellemons Mavo (now Markland College) 1979 - 1983

Middle School

Education

Initially I started out as a composer and arranger, leading my own Big Band at 17. From 1984 to 1998 I also worked as an independent studio and session bass player.

From 1996 I started doing webdesign, mostly self-taught using HTML, Javascript and CSS. Since 2001 I've been working with Microsoft SQL databases. From 2002 I expanded my skills to interactive webdesign using asp, and since 2010 also asp.net and C#.

I am still learning every day by watching others and being open for everything new or different.

How to get in touch with me

I am always open for new challenges and meeting new people. Especially in the field of web development, music, photography or cooking. Or if you want to work together professionaly, I'm always open for that. What I am not looking for is job opportunities so please don't bother me with that.

If you want more information or if you want to get in touch. Feel free to drop me an email.
You can reach me through the following email address:

andre@andrespeek.com

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