Mark Lauffer

Frisco, Texas

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About Me

• 30+ years of diverse experience and increasing responsibilities within the Broadcast
Engineering industry.
• Successful track record as a Senior Level Manager and Project Manager.
• Analytical ability combined with extensive experience in conception and execution.
• Excellent technical skills and knowledge within both Broadcast and Information
Technology fields.
• Take charge and responsible attitude for planning/executing challenging projects.
• Own latest version of VidCAD and C size plotter.
• Managed team of 6 Engineers in a large broadcast center and delivered on-time, onbudget
maintenance programs, and integration projects of third-party products.
• Designed, project managed, and integrated a multitude of systems and facilities.
• Designed and managed the development of a software program, and hardware
interface for GVG Profile program ingestion.
• Developed and implemented transmitter logging and equipment maintenance
program and procedures, resulting in improved efficiency and productivity.
• Designed and established budget for technical infrastructure incorporated in a
Satellite IP Emergency Communications and Training Network to be used by state,
and county governments. Authored all technical documentation for Federal Grant
Applications and RFPs.
• Developed and implemented technology for IP over satellite delivery system.
Critical Information Network, Carrollton, TX
VP of New Technology, 2009 - 2011
Re-hired by new investors of TWL Knowledge Group to lead technical restructuring of
the new company and manage technical staff. Significantly lowered the cost of
operation by reducing satellite bandwidth capacity, negotiating new service contracts,
and eliminating unused facility capacity. Worked closely with real-estate brokers in
new property search and defined move budget, facility layout, and evaluated technical
capacity for prospective property locations. Managed the sale and removal of excess
infrastructure for 180,000 sq. ft. broadcast and office complex. Designed infrastructure
to support new business model and managed technical staff during the process.
Authored RFPs for new infrastructure, hired contractors, and selected best of breed
solutions for new technology deployments.
Contract / Freelance , Nationally
Video / Maintenance Engineer, 1989 - Present
Senior Video and Maintenance Engineer for Network remote sporting and
entertainment events. Currently Senior Video for FOX NFL, MLB Game of the Week,
and VERSUS PBR Bull Riding. Have participated in 5 Super Bowls, 3 MLB All-Star
Games, Olympics, and World Cup Soccer events.
Berg Productions, Irving, TX
Design Engineer and Project Manager, 2011 - 2011
Designed and managed the integration upgrade of a post production faculty.
Transformed the environment and work flow from analog to digital by adding two HD
Avid editing systems and digital routing. Completely re-designed the technical center
for more efficient work flow and provided technical documentation for new system.
Continuing to provide technical maintenance and support.
Wizetrade, Plano, TX
Design Engineer and Project Manager, 2008 - 2009
Designed and managed the construction of a high definition studio, edit suites, and
control room for an internet software company. Made recommendations concerning
new equipment selection and integrated components to satisfy work flow and
technical requirements. Managed integration crew, resolved all technical issues,
configured components, and conducted proof of performance tests for all systems.
Splash Media, Addison, TX
Design Engineer and Integration Manager, 2004 - 2004
Designed studio and NOC for subscription based network. Specified product
selection, engineered and designed entire system, supervised insulation, supplied asbuilt
documentation, and commissioned system.
Lone Star Park, Grand Prairie, TX
Design / Integration / Maintenance Engineer, 1997 - 2000
Worked with Sony Integration to design and install simulcast facility at Horse Track.
Designed conduit runs and media I/O for broadcast interface. Designed and installed
new control room for secondary productions. Maintained entire simulcast and in-house
cable system, including a Sony Jumbotron.
Westcott Communications / PRIMEDIA / TWL Knowledge Group, Carrollton, TX
Director of Engineering, 1994 - 2008
Hired as Senior Maintenance Engineer for an eight network, KU band, satellite training
network. Received promotions to Engineering Project Manager and Director of
Engineering. Managed broadcast engineering, NOC operations, and maintenance
staff. Establish maintenance and capital budgets. Researched, establish ROI,
developed and deployed all new technology. Designed, supervised, and implemented
all new systems. Developed new technologies to create efficient and productive
means to create, produce, and deliver content. Played a major role in the design, and
integration of the new 180,000 sq. ft., seven studio, uplink, and four control room
studio / office complex.
Region 10 Education Service Center, Richardson, TX
Design and Integration Engineer, 1993 - 1993
Designed and integrated a control room and studio for the new regional school district
training center.
Showcase Productions, Dallas, TX
Chief Engineer, 1992 - 1994
Exclusively maintained infrastructure for three edit suite, two hundred VHS duplicator
production company. Responsible for all new infrastructure enhancements, vendor
negotiations, design, and implementation.
Pyramid Productions, Irving, TX
Assistant Chief Engineer, 1990 - 1992
Responsible for the maintenance, and supervision of the Engineering staff of a large
post production center. Established preventative maintenance schedule, defined
facility enhancements, and set maintenance budget.
James Robison Association, Euless, TX
Assistant Chief Engineer, 1987 – 1990
Exclusively maintained infrastructure for small production company. Responsible for
all new infrastructure enhancements, design, and implementation.
Success-N-Life Satellite Network, Farmers Branch, TX
Senior Maintenance Engineer, 1985 - 1987
Maintained all broadcast equipment for state of the art production, C-Band uplink, and
post production facility.
WCFC-TV, Chicago, IL
Senior Maintenance Engineer, 1984 - 1985
Maintained all broadcast and UHF transmitter equipment within production and post
production environments. Designed and implemented new systems.
WFBT-TV, Minneapolis, MN
Maintenance Engineer, 1982 - 1984
Played major role in the design and construction of new UHF TV Station. Maintained
all broadcast and UHF transmitter equipment within production and post production
WCCO-TV, Minneapolis, MN
Staff Engineer, 1980 - 1982
Operated all broadcast equipment for large CBS News affiliate.
• First / General Class License with Radar Endorsement - FCC, St. Paul, Minnesota,
• Certification - VidCAD, 1997.
• Level 2 Certification - AutoCAD, 1997.
Brown Institute, Minneapolis, MN
A.A.S., Electronics, Minor: Television, 1980
GPA: 3.5.

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