About FM Net Design
Butch Fralia and
Sharon Mastbrook founded FM Net Design to help small to medium business, and
non-profit organizations realize their internet presence. Sharon works
full time in the insurance industry and still finds time to provide creative
assistance for FM Net Design.
Between the two of us, we've worked in industry for something like 60 years.
We've accumulated a lot of experience in information technology and other areas
that we'd like to share with you. We offer website design, redesign,
maintenance and technical support services. We want to be your working
partner and let the work we've done inside large companies benefit small to
medium businesses and non-profit organizations. We offer competitive rates
and high business ethics. We firmly believe you should get what you're
Please feel free to contact me at any time. E-mailing
is usually the best way but you can also call at 817-346-2039 (H) or
817-229-7693 (C). Sorry about not providing an address but I work from
home and don't have a store front.
It doesn't cost anything to talk so let's get together and see what FM Net
Design can do for you.
Website design, development, implementation, maintenance, and technical support
services for small to medium businesses and non-profit organizations. We
want to share our experience and skill with people who can use it the most.
Our goal is to give our customers what they request at a reasonable price.
Butch Fralia - Summary of Professional Experience
Joined Information Technology full time in 1988 with experience concentrated in
database administration, program/system design, project management, website
management and application programming.
Before joining Information Technology, I enjoyed twenty-five years experience in
various functions of the electronics field including Repair/Service/Design
Technician, Supervising Technician, Design Engineer and Manufacturing
Engineering Group Manager. I began programming in the mid-1970's.
Butch Fralia - Companies I've Worked For
Central Industrial Supply
Anderson Consulting (now Accentuate)
Halliburton Oil Field Services
R-Tec - Reliance Telecommunications
United States Navy
Butch Fralia - Personal Interests
Cave Exploration - I'm became involved with caving in 1985. I currently serve on the Board of Directors of the
Texas Speleological Survey a non-profit corporation that maintains records
of Texas caves. I maintain the electronic database and electronic files as
well as the website. I'm a charter member of
The Maverick Grotto, the local caving club of Fort Worth and Tarrant County.
My only regret is that I didn't start younger, I was 39 when I made my first
contact with cavers and became involved.
GIS - working with GPS and Mapping Software. It's a great benefit to
find a place and be able to get back to it. The applications are endless,
finding that obscure deer blind on a hunting lease. Knowing you're where
you intended to be. Applied to caves, being able to retain locations may
be the difference between relocating one which was explored years before or
knowing you're made a new discovery. It's interesting to note that when
I'm in the boondocks and set out to explore the area, I mark the location of my
vehicle. I've probably spent more time looking for where I parked the
vehicle than surveying the original search area. I work with new GPS users
to help them get maximum benefit from their investment in the shortest time.
As a TSS board member I was instrumental in getting a grant from
ArcView GIS Software.
History - as it crosses my path. I'm currently involved in
researching the route of a Cedar Railroad (The Scholten Railroad) that ran
between Lometa, TX and what's now
Colorado Bend State Park
The railroad ran from about 1912 until 1920. Evidence of the old roadbed
still exists in the area. Use of a GPS receiver and mapping software is
helping retrace the railroad. Mainly I'm more interested in the history
that doesn't make the mainstream history books. I'm involved with a cave
that has human bones from the prehistory period > 2000 years old. This
involves maintaining cave exploration while leaving the bone deposits
Photography - while not a great photographer (I'll never be on a list
Ansel Adams) I've tried to document my adventures and experiences over the
years. I'm in the process of going back through years of negatives and
scanning them into an electronic format, useful for websites and presentations.
These days I use digital still and video cameras. Video can be a lot of
fun, especially when edited into something folks might be interested in
watching. Video editing takes a great deal of time but the finished
product is personally rewarding.
State Park Volunteerism - I've been involved with
Texas State Parks as a volunteer since 1987. This has mostly been cave
inventory related projects but also low impact trail identification and other
projects opening areas to park visitors while maintaining a primitive
environment (no development).