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About the Author

About the Author

Alison Balter is the president of Marina Consulting Group, a firm based in Westlake Village, California. Alison is a highly experienced independent trainer and consultant, specializing in Windows applications training and development. During her 14 years in the computer industry, she has trained and consulted with many corporations and government agencies. Since Alison founded Marina Consulting Group in 1990, their client base has expanded to include major corporations and government agencies such as Northrop, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Prudential Insurance, Transamerica Insurance, Fox Broadcasting, the United States Navy, Southern California Edison, and others.

Alison is a Microsoft Solution Provider and Certified Professional. She was one of the first professionals in the computer industry to become a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer. Alison is the author of over 150 internationally marketed computer training videos for KeyStone Learning Systems Corporation, including 7 Access 2.0 videos, 11 Access 95 videos, 12 Access 97 videos, 9 Visual Basic for Applications videos, and 14 Visual FoxPro videos. She travels throughout North America giving training seminars in Microsoft Access, Visual Basic, and Visual FoxPro.

Alison is a regular contributing columnist for Databased Advisor and Access/Visual Basic Advisor as well as other computer publications. She is also a regular on the Access and Visual Basic national speaker circuit. She was one of four speakers on the Visual Basic 4.0 and Visual Basic 5.0 World Tours, seminar series cosponsored by Application Developers Training Company and Microsoft. Alison is also a coauthor of three other Access books published by Sams: Essential Access 95, Access 95 Unleashed, and Access 97 Unleashed. An active participant in many user groups and other organizations, Alison is a past president of the Independent Computer Consultants Association of Los Angeles, and of the Los Angeles Clipper Users' Group.

On a personal note, Alison keeps herself busy skiing, hiking, travelling, flying, and hang gliding. She most enjoys spending time with her husband Dan, their daughter Alexis, and their golden retriever Reggie.

Alison's firm, Marina Consulting Group, is available for consulting work and on-site training in Microsoft Access and Visual Basic, as well as Windows NT and Windows 95 networking, and Microsoft Exchange Server. Contact Alison by electronic mail at alison@mcgpc.com, or visit Marina Consulting Group's Web site at www.mcgpc.com.

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