Zach Merel
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Location: Mount Prospect, IL, USA
School: Northwestern University
Field of Study: Web Development

Zach Merel

Zachary A. Merel
Practice Management Software for Accountants ⧫ Web Technologies
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Entry Level Software Developer
I discovered in my first two positions out of university that my employers had challenges with making their existing software packages do what the accounting teams needed to get done. This could be as straight forward as working with the integrity of the databases, or as thought-provoking as discovering why individual team members had difficulty understanding the workflow of the systems and why they were asked to swivel chair between. While I have been successful at teaching myself Node.JS, I needed more and invested in myself to recently complete the highly respected Northwestern University’s Coding Boot Camp in Evanston IL. I love using technology to accelerate problem solving.
Web and Database Technologies
Handlebars JS
React JS
Professional and Hands-on Experience
Everest Transportation Systems, Evanston, IL Aug 2018 to Present
300% improvement in invoice efficiency through automation and leveraging Node.JS
Cashflow visibility improved enabling customer queries to be answered even more accurately
Crowe Horwath LLP, Chicago, IL Jan 2017 to Aug 2018
Tax Staff Accountant
Procure and analyze client information to calculate tax position
Reconcile client information and data integrity
Service customer inquiries
Formal Education
Northwestern University – Evanston, IL Aug 2018 to Apr 2019
Certificate, Full Stack Web Development
DePaul University – Chicago IL Sep 2013 to Nov 2016
Bachelor of Science in Business, Major in Accounting, GPA 3.61/4.0
Recent Projects
These projects demonstrate the integration of multiple technologies to solve simple problem
Doppelgangers: A Whimsical project to find your celebrity doppelganger. Written in JavaScript using Firebase for database. ------------
Google Bookshelf: App that allows you to search Google’s Book API and save your choices using MongoDB written using React.JS. ------------