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Andrew Williams
Worked at ADT, LLC
Attended Allegheny College
Lived in Collegeville, PA
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There is a nice article about my RDG '76 exhibition by Don Botch in today's Reading Eagle. Unfortunately, The Eagle is behind a paywall so I cannot just post a link. He got it mostly correct. Pomeroy's Christmas Toyland was on the sixth floor, not the fourth, and that was my mistake pointed out by my wife, Susan. She was pleased that I recognized that she would never wear a "HIS TOO" tee shirt. The exhibit will be up at Goggleworks in Reading through May 28th.
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More from the Philadelphia Jazz Project and Kimpedro's Nu Gruv production of The Intersection of Jazz and Hip Hop.
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A selection of my photographs of the area in and around Reading, Pennsylvania during the Bicentennial year 1976 will be on exhibit at Goggleworks Center for the Arts in Reading from May 3, 1976, through the end of the month. I will be there to discuss the work on May 8, from 2-4 PM. More information is available at Goggleworks's Facebook event page: 
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This is the poet Howard Tucker and his backup band, The Underground, performing at Rittenhouse Soundworks in Philadelphia this past February.

I finally got around to developing the film yesterday. This is HP5+, processed at ISO 1600 in HC-110, dilution B. Nikon F4, 50mm @ f/1.4.

The lighting was really dim. I set the shutter at the slowest speed I was comfortable hand holding (1/60 with a 50mm lens) and the aperture wide open (f/1.4) and hoped for the best. While the singer and dancer are reasonably well exposed, depending on where they were standing, it is hard to see the backing musicians clearly in any of the shots. I spoke with the owner, and he acknowledged the problem and said they were looking at lighting options and trying to figure out how to budget for the improvements.
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Reading Mall parking lot. Canon FTbn, 500mm mirror lens, Tri-X
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The Philadelphia Jazz Project and Kimpedro's Nu Gruv Network presented The Intersection of Jazz and Hip Hop on Friday, April 29, 2016, at Philadelphia's Venice Island Recreation Center in Manayunk.

I went to the concert with my Nikon F4 and a couple rolls of Ilford HP5+. I knew I was going to have to push it, and I ended up pushing it all the way to ISO 3200, something I had never done before. Back in the day I pushed Tri-X to 1600 all the time, so I sort of knew what to expect. I processed the film in HC-110, dilution A. All in all, I am really pleased. Grainy, sure, but not nearly as much as I expected.
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Education
  • Allegheny College
    English, 1968 - 1972
  • Schuylkill Valley HS
    Honors, 1964 - 1968
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"You are what you pretend to be. So be careful what you pretend to be." Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Introduction
1. I have been shooting and developing my own film for more than 40 years. I finally quit doing the chemical parts in-house and sub all that to Philadelphia Photographics at 139 S 13th Street in Philadelphia, PA. If I am too lazy to drive downtown, I use Ilford's mail-in service in San Clemente, CA.
2. Except for the occasional snap with my phone or my Nikon S9500 point and shoot, I shoot almost everything with a pair of Nikon FM SLRs with 24mm, 50mm, and 105mm Nikkor lenses. Recently, I acquired and have been having fun with a 1970s era Mamiya 645 with 80mm and 150mm lenses. I also have a Leica M4, an Ikoflex TLR, and a Cambo 4x5, none of which have been loaded with film in more than a decade. The best camera is the one you have with you, so carry your best camera.
3. After telling everyone for years and years that I would never buy a zoom lens, I did. Sorry.
4. I do not have anything against digital cameras, but I already own really good film equipment, and I am too damn cheap to change. 
5. Mostly I prefer black and white. This may be because when I started in 1957 it was practically impossible to do color in a non-commercial darkroom. It did not become practical to do color until Unicolor and Beseler (via Tetanol) introduced their products in the mid-seventies. I had already been imprinted.
6. Most everything I show is full frame. I think of it as a discipline. My wife tells me it is a conceit. As usual, she is almost certainly correct.
7. Most everything I do is in landscape orientation. Vertically oriented images seem unnatural, with the exception of formal portraiture of faces almost all of which are vertically oriented. I think this is the result of watching too much television and going to too many movies, all of which are in landscape mode. My wife says it is a conceit. As usual, she is almost certainly correct.
8. Mostly, I shoot by available light. However, as W. Eugene Smith famously said, "A flash is available light, but only if you have it with you."
9. If you add me to a circle, it is likely I will look at your profile. But, if you are not a photographer doing interesting things, I will not add you to my circles. Life is too short.
10. I break all of these rules whenever I feel like it. Live with it.
Bragging rights
I have been married to Susan for 36 years. She is a very busy freelance writer and editor. Our daughter, Lauren, is a 2012 graduate of St Josephs University in Philadelphia. She has recently returned from 27 months in Costa Rica with the Peace Corps. I am exceptionally proud of both of them.
Work
Occupation
My first career was in the photographic equipment business, starting behind the counter at Boscov's Department Store in Laureldale and ending as a manufacturers representative (Beseler, Ricoh, Tamron, etc.) in 1984. Since then I sold computers, custom Hazmat packaging (not so much of a career outlier as you would think), and currently engineer and sell commercial security systems.
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Business-to-business sales professional. Team builder, coordinates internal and external resources, focuses on measurable performance.  Proficient in the engineering/sales of access control, analog and IP-video CCTV, intrusion, fire alarm, and intercom systems for commercial customers.  Proficient in many computer software applications used in identifying prospects and preparing proposals.  Created Microsoft Access database system to identify opportunities to update obsolete systems, renew service agreements, and to supply additional services to the existing customer base.  Creates bids and detailed estimates using Microsoft Excel and Word, ADT’s Compass, and WeSuite software.  Creates floor plans and engineering drawings in IMSI TurboCad for installers’ guidance and permit submittals.
Employment
  • ADT, LLC
    Commercial Sales Representative, 2014 - 2015
  • ASG Security
    Commercial Sales Representative, 2011 - 2014
    Commercial Sales Representative: Responsible for sales to commercial accounts, primarily in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties in Pennsylvania. Products included access control, CCTV, intrusion and fire alarm systems, and related service agreements. Performed site surveys, pre-sale design specification, system engineering, negotiated with subcontractors and general contractors’ project managers, prepared fire alarm permit submittals, and acquired formal approval of local authorities as needed. 70% sales were with existing accounts and 30% was new business development. Generated significant recurring revenue by contracting more than 40% of acquisition customers for the annual inspection of their fire alarm systems and other services.
  • ADT Security Services
    Commercial Account Executive, 2001 - 2011
    From 2005, Core Commercial Account Executive: Responsible for sales to existing and new commercial accounts in assigned zip codes in west Philadelphia, Montgomery County, and Delaware County. Resale Representative: through 2005, responsible for re-signing agreements with canceled accounts or with new tenants in buildings with existing ADT systems. National Account Customer Representative: Through 2004, had primary responsibility for local sales to national accounts in the Philadelphia market; coordinated with ADT National Account Managers. Conversion Team: Through 2002, replaced acquisition customers’ obsolete, proprietary systems.
  • The Protection Bureau
    Project Manager, 1998 - 2001
    Project-managed out-of-state installation subcontractors for national accounts with multiple locations. Project managed all access control projects Managed MAMA (Modem Account Management) remote managed access control systems. Product Manager for sales of access cards and accessory items. Programmed and supported new and existing Casi Rusco and Radionics ReadyKey access control systems. Provided marketing and project management support to sales and installation teams. NBFAA (National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association) Certified Level 1 Alarm Technician. Certified technician for Casi Rusco Secure Perfect, Picture Perfect, and Portrait Perfect software.
  • Tandy/Radio Shack
    Senior Computer Specialist, 1984 - 1991
    Doubled store sales, increased computers from 25% to 50% of store’s gross sales. Consistently highest productivity salesmaker in district, top leasing rep in Philadelphia region, 4 times in the national top 10.
  • Multi-Systems, Inc
    Director of Marketing, National Sales Manager, 1991 - 1994
    Managed successful Breaker Finder® introduction; first year sales exceeded $1,000,000 through more than 400 electrical distributors in 49 states. Recruited, trained, and managed a national network of independent manufacturers' representative agencies. Wrote representation agreements, sales commission, bonus, and promotional plans. Conceived and managed production of all literature, instruction manuals, and tech bulletins, including coordinating designers, photographers, and printers. Produced and narrated sales training videos. Designed electrical products exhibit and participated in trade shows. Placed Storm Alert™ lightning early warning system in multiple direct-mail catalogs. Arranged for press coverage in multiple publications, including POPULAR SCIENCE as one of “The Best of What's New, The Top 100 New Products of 1990.”
  • Allflex Packaging
    Director of Marketing, 1994 - 1998
    Supervised national and regional advertising and marketing efforts. Conceived, wrote, designed, and placed all advertising. Managed all literature design and production.
  • Shestack Associates
    Sales Representative, 1982 - 1984
    Represented manufacturers and importers of photographic, optical, and electronic products to catalog, mass merchant, mini labs, and photographic specialty retailers with locations in DE, NJ, PA, and WV. Doubled RICOH's regional camera dealer base in 1982-83.
  • Beseler Photo Marketing
    Territory Sales Manager, 1978 - 1982
    Increased darkroom sales by 60%+ during 40%+ industry-wide, multi-year decline; increased audio-visual sales by 25% during 1982 recession. Presented “Beseler Color School.” Wrote and photographed audio-visual product demonstrations given during hundreds of dealer promotions and sales training for retailers’ personnel.
  • The Williams Company, Ltd.
    Director of Sales/Marketing, 1995 - 1997
    Designed and executed client acquisition marketing plans for corporate communications and publications management services. Acquisition techniques included direct mail, telemarketing, and in-person presentations. Products include book series, internal and external newsletters, product brochures, and speech writing.
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