2005 - 2012

Volunteer instructor for SeniorNet of Puget Sound, a local learning center that was part of a national SeniorNet organization. Our center was one of approximately 100 learning centers across the country and internationally, offering low-cost beginning-to-intermediate computer-related courses to over-50 adults in our own private teaching facility. Personally led classes of approximately 8 to 15 students in Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Usage of the Cloud, Remote computing and file assistance, File Management, File Backup and Protection, and numerous free bi-weekly sessions offered to the membership on a myriad of computer-related topics.

Class instructor for Strategy Computers, a Microsoft-Certification learning facility in Bellevue, Washington. Responsible for teaching the certification courses for the four courses that lead to the exam-track that I traveled to earn my Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator certification.

2008 - 2009

While CPA in my own practice, obtained my first Personal Computer, and began a life-remaining quest for knowledge, involvement, enrichment, and just plain excited enjoyment of becoming more and more computer- and software-literate. Spent the last 12 years of my CPA career with Sanborn & Associates in Bellevue, Washington as not only a contributing CPA to the firm, but also the primary computer- and software-interested staff member, thereby also evolving to Network consultant and specialist. Noting this experience through “Present”, as the Personal Computer and Network consultant and specialist, and related ongoing learning and interest, remains to this day.

1990 - PRESENT

1990 - PRESENT

EMB Management, Inc. This property-Management company had approximately 30 employees when I arrived, and about 75 at my departure. I was the “entire IT Department” for the firm, handling a wide variety of PC and Network troubleshooting needs for virtually every employee of the company on the firm’s private Network, part of a national network of Associa, Inc., the parent company headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

CPA , Public Practice. Obtained CPA Certification September 1976 following Graduation from University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Joined Haskins and Sells, one of the “Big Eight” accounting firms at the time. Evolved through my own practice as a Sole Practitioner for about 8 years in the 1980’s, joined local CPA form Sanborn & Associates where I spent the balance of my Public Accounting career until 2004 when I left the firm to go back to school to go into Computer Networking and related Certifications.

After going back to school in 2005, obtained Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator Certification, which remains today. Maintained CPA title through ongoing Continuing Professional Education as required by Washington State Board of Accountancy and Washington State Law. Became independent IT consultant for small business networks and home computer environments, where I have visited countless homes and small business throughout the Puget Sound area assisting with consulting and providing solutions across a broad range of Personal Windows-based Computers, peripherals and networks.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2007 - 2014

2005 - PRESENT

Michael LaGris, CPA, A+, MCSA
Computer and Network Services
Microsoft Certified