My Resumé

Name: Michael A. Gilkes

Professional Summary

IT Professional with 18+ cumulative years of experience in various fields of Information Technology, involving software development, server administration, project management and maintenance of computer systems and networks. Experience in providing technical support for end-users, involving the installation and configuration of hardware and software. Skilled in designing and developing database-driven web applications using PHP. Proven ability to translate business needs into technology requirements that support the company’s business objectives and devise and implement relevant IT strategies to fulfilling such objectives.

Work Experience

Business Owner & IT Consultant:

Valor Apps – St. Georges, Antigua
January 2012 – Present

  • Develop Joomla extensions, iOS Apps & Websites/Webapps
  • Provide computer support & networking services to local businesses
  • Devise, implement and manage IT strategies for local businesses

Information Technology Officer:

Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority – St. John’s, Antigua
February 2003 – July 2011

  • Administer, manage and maintain all computer systems, printers and networks
  • Develop and maintain databases and the organization website
  • Devise, implement and manage IT strategies, including budget planning, in collaboration with the needs of Department Directors
  • Provide technical support, troubleshooting and training to staff at all levels

Bank Teller:

The Bank of Nova Scotia – St. John’s, Antigua
Summer 2002

  • Provided telling services in the bank’s treasury

Network Connectivity Consultant:

Stetson University – DeLand, FL 32720
September 2000 – May 2002

  • Provided First Level Technical Support for end-user network connectivity
  • Provided initial installation and configuration of hardware and software for 1400 network connections
  • Assisted students in the use of multiple software applications in general access labs

Computer Support Clerk:

The Bank of Nova Scotia – St. John’s, Antigua
Summer 2001

  • Provided Technical Support onsite computer systems
  • Created Bank Reports from the system’s database


Master of Science Degree in IT

University of Liverpool
January 2007 – August 2009
Graduation date: December 2009
Specializing in Software Engineering

Bachelor of Science Degree: Computer Science major & Digital Arts minor

Stetson University – DeLand, Florida
August 1999 – December 2002
Graduation date: December 2002
Cumulative GPA: ~3.4

Computer Skills

Active Software Development Skills and Toolsets:

MySQL database management
Joomla extensions
Affinity Designer & Affinity Photo
Microsoft Office – Word, Excel, Access, Outlook

Legacy Skills and Toolsets

  • C# (.NET Programming)
  • C/C++
  • jQuery
  • Object-Oriented Analysis and Design
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe AfterEffects and Premier
  • Microsoft Project
  • Blender 3D
  • Autodesk Maya
  • Adobe Flash
  • Cocos2D


  • US National Dean’s List: 1999-2000 and 2000-2001
  • Dean’s List at Stetson University: Fall 1999, Spring 2000 and Spring 2001
  • Patrick E. Finch Award for academic excellence at St. Joseph’s Academy: Spring 1996

Other Accomplishments

  • Math/Computer Science Colloquium, Stetson University, August 2002 to December 2002.
    • Presentation speaker on “An Introduction to C#”
  • Article Writer, Stetson University, August 1999 to May 2001.
    • “The Man in the Mirror” in Popular Culture: Perspectives for Readers and Writers by Dr. Megan O’Neill, Stetson University English Professor
    • Response article to Thurman Lecture by Dr. Thelma Adair in Women andGender Studies newsletter Volume 7, Number 1 for October 1999