About Mal

Hey everyone… this page is the short version of “Mal Milligan – about me”.

Some personal factoids:

  • I lived in Ramsey NJ (Bergen County Northern NJ) for most of my life but I recently moved to a great neighborhood in Harlem NYC. My building’s property is right on a #2 and #3 subway train station so after decades with a 4 hour round trip commute to Manhattan, now I’m already there and I can be in midtown in 20 minutes.
  • My work career started in the US Navy Submarine Service serving as a Primary Navigational Plotter on the USS Augusta (SSN-710) and a crew member on the USS Stonewall Jackson (SSBN-634 Gold). There was a lot of security and fire safety training and it was part of nearly everything we did in the Navy.
  • I graduated from Ramapo State College of NJ with a Bachelor of Science  degree in Management Information Systems. When I started at Ramapo College, we had exactly 4 computer terminals in the computer lab. By the time I graduated – after being a paid employee in that computer lab for 2 or 3 years, we had thousands of PC’s on campus. 1,500 students a semester were taking “Information Processing” 1 and 2. There I was right at the beginning of the PC Age, working in the computer lab for minimum wage which was around $3.50 at the time, handing out cheat sheets that I made to everyone on campus to help them pass all the required courses – without charging a dime. That might have been a clear indication right then as to how good a business man I might be later. lol I was always a great worker but I always needed a business manager.
  • I began working with computer networks and I got some very high visibility Wall Street positions with huge responsibilities and 80+ hour weeks. In each of these jobs, I was responsible for data security and network control center integrity for the world headquarters of Fortune 1,000 firms.
  • After surviving and thriving as a Technical Officer at a few firms, I became a Senior Technical Officer and Supervisor of Network Operations for 2 investment bank world headquarters in Manhattan. As a Supervisor I had a lot of technical staff members reporting directly or indirectly to me. One of my fortes was building and maintaining “file servers”. I was a Master Certified Netware Engineer MCNE and a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer MCSE which required passing 26 professional certification exams over a 6 year period.
  • When my kids arrived, I left the massive hours required working and studying changing technology at my Wall Street technical career and I traded that for massive hours working and studying to become a full time NJ based web designer and SEO search engine optimization technician. I landed up building more than 500 websites and I once had 250 Google #1 rankings for competitive phrases all at the same time. My top website is still running 7 years after I built it with a half million unique views a year.
  • I’ve been using Photoshop professionally since 1993 and I’ve used most Adobe products like After Effects and Premier Pro since they were rolled out.
  • I’ve been shooting real estate photography since I graduated from the New York Film Academy in 2010. I shoot with Nikon professional gear and I also use Manfrotto, Tamron, Adobe, PhotoMatix.
  • Picked up a NJ Real Estate license in 2012 and my NY Real Estate License in 2016. During my real estate career I mostly did real estate photography and I put around 40,000 images online for residential agents.
  • In 2016 and 2017 I took classes and passed exams for the New York State Security Guard certification. I also took a number of FDNY approved classes for Fire Safety Director and Emergency Action Plan Director and I passed the classroom exams.

Some Q & A:

Can you hire me for real estate photography?

  • I’m not doing freelance work anymore and there are only 1 or 2 companies I’d really like to work for in Manhattan, but I’m not currently employed in that field. I’m still shooting stills and video all the time but it’s all for my NYC Planner – Travel Guide project.

Can you hire me to build a website?

  • Right now, I basically just build sites for myself, but I do some pro bono consulting on projects that I find interesting. Most of these would be in the non-profit community service areas. If you have an interesting non-profit website that serves the community and you need some help with your website, feel free to contact me using the contact form on this website and we’ll chat. So the short answer regarding commercial web design jobs is “not at this time”. lol.

Thanks for reading… Cheers !!

Ramapo College of NJ - Graduate - B.S. in M.I.S.
Ramapo College of NJ – Graduate – B.S. in M.I.S.

 

Bergen Community College - Graduate - Certificate Programs in Web Design and MacroMedia / Adobe
Bergen Community College – Graduate – Certificate Programs in Web Design and MacroMedia / Adobe

 

New York Film Academy - Graduate - concentration: digital editing.
New York Film Academy – Graduate – concentration: digital editing.

 

NYIP New York Institute of Photography - continuing education.
NYIP New York Institute of Photography – continuing education.