Résumé:   Richard  J  Willis


An experienced leader and quick learner with over 50 years of proven ability to…

I'm now retired and am seeking opportunities to give back to my community through volunteer work, employing the technical, interpersonal and managerial skills I honed over fifty years.



2003 to 2013            Providence Health and Services      Portland, OR

Senior Financial Information Systems Analyst

1987 to 2003            Avasys, LLC, now Avail Systems, Inc.      Portland, OR


Co-founded with Joseph Healy this information technology firm to provide extraordinary technical and executive support to companies needing to develop effective IT strategies, to leverage emerging technologies to their competitive advantage, or to develop custom executive decision-support and reporting environments.

1987 to 2003            Decision Graphics, LLC            Portland, OR


Founded this decision support consulting firm to develop custom finance and marketing decision support products, creating applications using Microsoft Visual Basic, MS Office and VBA (was engaged by Microsoft to demonstrate my custom, interactive macro-driven Excel applications to Microsoft national account customers), MS Access, SQL Server, Crystal Reports, HTML, Java, MS Project, statistical analysis programs and other specialized software applications.

A sampling of Decision Graphics and/or AvaSys services delivered:

1983 to 1989            Floating Point Systems             Beaverton, OR

Physical Systems Engineering Manager

Managed a service group of electrical, mechanical and software engineers, designers and technicians in an engineering matrix organization.

1981 to 1983            Eaton Corporation                 Beaverton, OR

Mechanical Engineer

Designed industrial heating and cooling system controls.

1979 to 1981            Instromedix, Inc.                 Beaverton, OR

Mechanical Engineer

Designed sensors and enclosures for heart pacemaker monitors.

1971 to 1979            Richard D. Irwin, Inc.              Homewood, IL

Sales Representative

Represented this prestigious business textbook publisher to university faculty throughout the Pacific Northwest.

1968 to 1971               US Army                 Ft. Lewis, WA / Quang Tri, Vietnam

Combat Engineer Officer, Bronze Star recipient

1966 to 1968              Ford Motor Company               Detroit, MI



Master of Business Administration (MBA), Portland State University

Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering (BSME), University of Detroit


Professional Engineer—Oregon registration: PE15053