Neil Verplank


2334 W. Nelson
Chicago, IL 60618

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Professional Background

    Vgg llc, Chicago


    01.02013 - present

    Founded a small manufacturing partnership, specializing in commercial and residential work, and kinetic theater.


    1500, Chicago

    Co-op Partner

    01.02001 - 12.02012


    Designing and building fine furniture, commercial and residential built-ins and store fixtures, and a luthier.


    Columbia College, Chicago

    Adjunct Professor

    01.02001 - 06.02001

    Introduction to Design For Electronic Media
    class notes

    Taught an overview class on design and new media to junior and senior art & design students. The primary goal was to provide a solid grounding in various aspects of information & web page design and site architecture, as well as a basic understanding of the medium itself.


    Co-Founder & CEO

    05.01999 - 08.02000

    Electronic Rent Payment and Processing

    Founded an e-commerce Internet company. Oversaw business development, drafted business plan, managed client and business relations, and raised over $500K of initial capital. Also served as chief technology architect for the secure gnu/linux-based C2B transaction system.


    Dovetail Web Design


    08.01995 - present

    Strategic Consulting, Information Architecture, Web Design

    Design and develop web sites, and provide strategic technology consulting on a project basis; projects have ranged from one month to two years. Help businesses define problems, architect software and systems, and build project teams to implement solutions, with a strong focus on information design.


    Dovetail Custom Furniture

    Sole Proprietor

    08.01992 - present

    Custom Furniture Design and Fabrication, Luthier

    Design and build high-end modern custom furniture, using wood and occasional metals. Also produce a limited number of acoustic classical guitars.


    Tom Doody & Associates

    Account Executive

    07.01990 - 05.01992

    Public Relations & Event Management

    Handled public relations, event management and release parties for a variety of clients, including ad agencies, photographers, restaurants and nightclubs. Also served as network and database guru for the office.


    Marshall Fields & Company


    02.01988 - 06.01990


    Found hundreds of creative ways to say 10% off on thousands of interesting household items and appliances.


    Arthur Andersen

    Staff Consultant

    12.01986 - 03.01988

    Computer Consulting, Recruiting

    Worked primarily on a project to develop an object-oriented operating system for Intel. Subsequently helped oversee recruiting for internal technical services.


    Purdue Tandem VandeGraaph Nuclear Accelerator

    01985 - 01986

    Atom Smashing

    Helped operate Purdue's Tandem VandeGraaph Nuclear Accelerator, smashed atoms into all kinds of things! Talk about a lot of buttons....



    University of Illinois, Champaign


    08.01983 - 12.01986

    Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Dean's List, James Scholar.


    Player's Workshop of the Second City


    07.01987 - 08.01988

    I wanted to be an actor. I wanted to be funny. Turns out there's nothing funny about trying to be an actor. Now I know why clowns have to paint on their smiles.



    Technical Strategy and Architecture, Information Design, and implementation - programming and development (java, perl, javascript, html) and back-end integration. Familiar with GNU/Linux, Windows and Macintosh OS's.



    I love to travel ( 32 countries, 4 continents and counting.... ), hike, bike, camp, ski, climb. I read way too much, live with medium-sized dog, can ride a unicycle, and am a confirmed eclipse-chaser. Generally believe nothing's too dangerous to try at least once, twice if it's worth it.


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