Career Objectives

Focus on design and implementation of new technology that solves critical scalability problems. Expose companies to better, more cost effective ways to solve their software or infrastructure deployments. Utilize experiences with open source technologies and partnerships formed in the open source community to help promote free software use, resulting in lower licensing fees within an organization.

Skills

Programming Languages

Protocols

Linux

  • Debian
  • Kernel building
  • Package creation and management
  • Shell scripting
  • dsh
  • Samba
  • NFS
  • SNMP/RMON
  • Clustering & High availability

Mac OS X Server

  • Open Directory
  • XSan
  • iSCSI
  • iCal server
  • Address Book server
  • iChat Server (Jabber)
  • AFP/SMB services
  • Mobile Access services

High Availability & Networking

  • BGP
  • OSPF
  • Advanced switch L3 routing and ACLs
  • Heartbeat
  • IPVS
  • General best practices

Application Deployment

  • Nginx
  • Apache
  • MySQL
  • PHP
  • Varnish
  • Squid
  • jabberd14/ejabberd
  • Postfix
  • Courier IMAP
  • OpenLDAP/Open Directory
  • Asterisk
  • Syslog-NG
  • rsyslog
  • memcached
  • Git/Subversion/CVS
  • Cacti
  • Nagios

Enterprise Appliances

  • F5 Networks
  • Juniper Networks
  • Enterasys
  • Aruba Networks
  • 3Com chassis switches
  • APC
  • AKCP sensorprobe series

Experience

March 2011 - July 2017

Brand-Yourself LLC

CTO. My role at Brand-Yourself was to help coordinate and manage development resources of this quickly growing company. I brought both my management skills, and my systems administration abilities to ensure a stable and scalable platform is being developed efficiently.

Sept 2010 - Jan 2011

Double Dutch Studios

Technical Cofounder & Vice President of Engineering. At Double Dutch Studios I wrote the entire alpha for the flagship product inSparq. During this period I have solidified my PHP "framework" that I started earlier this year. I have gained a lot of experience with OAuth and OpenID for federating against external services such as Google, and implemented OAuth+IMAP for Gmail email analysis.

March 2010 - Sept 2010

Match.com SN LLC

As Director of Software Development, I oversee and direct a team of developers who focus on the Singlesnet.com website and supporting services. This is a transition from CTO at The Hive after the purchase of Singlesnet.com by Match.com in March 2010.

January 2009 - March 2010

The Hive

As CTO, my role was to manage all of the operations and development for Singlesnet.com and The Hive. In this role, I had hands on all of the physical infrastructure of Singlesnet.com and maintained a large Debian linux deployment, Isilon cluster, F5 Networks BigIP, and many other supporting infrastructures. I was involved in the sale of Singlesnet.com to Match.com.

February 2002 - January 2009

Independent

I started my independent career working with Jabber (XMPP). I started the Rival Messenger project in late '99. I made many revisions to Rival Messenger over the next 3-4 years. I broadened my development abilities during this period; I expanded from VB6 development to PHP, I honed my linux administration expertise, I transitioned to Mac OS and I started Objective-C development on the side. Most of my focus throughout this period was PHP development and Linux systems administration. During this time, I built, deployed, and managed 300+ Debian servers. We then migrated this entire running infrastructure to another data center with zero visible downtime.

August 2001 - February 2002

Universal Software Ltd

I was hired to work on a supply chain management suite written in VB6. I was quickly promoted to project manager, and introduced the company to the world of Object Oriented design.

Personal Interests

Photography

I have been serious about photography for about 3-4 years now. My equipment includes:

  • Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 6+ Canon EF Lenses
  • Studio lighting
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

Maker projects, Robotics, and Multirotor (drone) design

There is a lot of interesting development happening in the home-brew UAV/Robotics arena. Technologies I am familiar with in this arena:

  • Raspberry Pi
  • Other embedded linux platforms
  • Arduino
  • PX4

Home Automation

I have deployed extensive home automation in my house. Technologies used:

  • Insteon
  • Z-Wave
  • Sonos
  • Amazon Alexa
  • Apple TV/iTunes