My Resume

Profile

Knowledgeable and talented network professional with industry certifications (CCIE #15507) and 20+ years of progressively responsible IT consulting. Expertise includes multiple platform environments, tools and web application development, LAN’s/WAN’s, data centers, planning, design, architecture, and infrastructure monitoring and management. Dedicated individual who works well in a team environment, admirable work ethic, dependable, and punctual. I strive to find a solution to problems and automate them.

Network and Data Center Experience

-Cisco Nexus, FCOE/FC
-Cisco ACI fabric networks, including python automation
-Load balancing – Nginx, F5
-Expert Quality Of Service (QOS)
-OSPF, EIGRP, RIP, BGP routing protocols
-Linux – multiple distributions and versions (10+ years)

Programming and Web Experience

-PHP, WordPress, MySQL
-Python, Django (Mostly DevOps for workplace automation)
-Javascript, Meteor/Node, React, Fullstack web application development

Education

August 2004 – Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
Masters in Information Security
-Specialization in network security policies and safe information handling practices
-Experience in security site surveys and risk analysis for information systems

December 2000 – Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
Bachelors in Computer Science with Mathematics and Finance minors GPA: 3.86/4.0
-Network security and maintenance
-C++ programming and Intel x86 assembly
-Project management and software design

 

Certifications, Awards, and Training –

Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) #15507- December 2005 (Emeritus)
-Cisco Certified Network Professional and Associate (CCNP, CCNA)
-Extensive IXIA simulator and testing training
-Sair Linux certified administrator (LCA)
-Six Sigma greenbelt – process improvement and efficiency training
-Boy Scouts of America: April 11, 1995 Received Rank Of Eagle Scout

Detailed Work Experience

April 2016 – Present – FinTech, Vestboard.com, Phoenix, AZ
Lead Software Engineer/CTO

We are building the leading online equity consulting company for individuals and businesses. We visualize personal stock and option grants so our clients know exactly what they have, and what it’s worth.

-Full stack web application, https://www.vestboard.com/app/
-Utilize Meteor, Node, and React for the front-end UI
-Load Balanced with multiple application servers using a front end Nginx proxy
-Server maintenance and deployments with automation sprinkled in

 

January 2006 – Present – Approbo Technologies, Phoenix, AZ
Technical Consultant

-Lead design role for technologies in the business space (LAN, WAN, Video)
-Education on technology solutions for employees
-Software architecture design for new and existing applications
-Tool creation via programming (Automating different processes for clients)
-Web site/server management and design
-Create automatic backup solutions stored off-site for clients

 

November 2012 – June 2013 – Cisco Systems, San Jose, CA
Senior Escalation Engineer – Catalyst Business Unit

-Top level internal and customer support for Catalyst 3k and 4k series switches
-Cisco IOS support lead for hardware/software bug identification, and mitigation
-Create test cases and lab re-create scenarios for customer deployments and pervasive issues
-Manage customer sentiment and work with TAC to develop complete solutions
-Lead root cause analysis and solution delivery for customer facing issues/problems
-Coordinate software bug fixes and delivery through maintenance releases

 

June 2013 – August 2015 – American Express, Phoenix, AZ
Lead Data Center Architect

-Lead design role for multiple network technologies in the enterprise (LAN, WAN, Video)
-Cisco code recommendation and testing for future products (Nexus 6k/9k), and IOS releases
-Lead data center architect for fabrics including Cisco ACI /APIC pilot
-Provide top tier troubleshooting and coordination
-Architect and manage the Cisco Telepresence and Tandberg immersive video environments
-Quality of Service lead engineer for next generation planning and deployment
-Coordinate contractor resources during project deployments
-Mentor and educate team members on various network technologies and equipment

 

November 2012 – June 2013 – Cisco Systems, San Jose, CA
Senior Escalation Engineer – Catalyst Business Unit

-Top level internal and customer support for Catalyst 3k and 4k series switches
-Cisco IOS support lead for hardware/software bug identification, and mitigation
-Create test cases and lab re-create scenarios for customer deployments and pervasive issues
-Manage customer sentiment and work with TAC to develop complete solutions
-Lead root cause analysis and solution delivery for customer facing issues/problems
-Coordinate software bug fixes and delivery through maintenance releases

 

January 2009 – November 2012 – Front Office Staff, Scottsdale, AZ
Independent Technical Consultant/Franchise Owner

-Lead technical consultant for IT systems with Front Office Staff Corporate
-Remotely manage and configure services for new client provisioning
-Consult with small businesses on phone systems, networks, wireless, and VoIP installations
-Migrated small businesses to cloud solutions for productivity increases
-Operated independent call center with 3 full time employees

 

June 2006 – January 2009 – Netarx (Logicalis), Farmington Hills, MI / Phoenix, AZ
Senior Network Engineer / Sales Engineer

-Lead network and systems integration engineer for Cisco product installations
-Manage technical resources and verify proper procedural installations
-Lead Subject Matter Expert for complex routing and switching configurations/issues
-Design and configure CallManager Express and Unity Express solutions for small office environments
-Plan, configure, deploy CallManager and Unity for large campus installations
-Design and configure Security, QOS, WAAS, and MPLS installations

 

August 2004 – June 2006 – Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, MI
Network Engineer

-Level-3/4 support with direct responsibility for global quality of service (QOS) network infrastructure
-Subject Matter Expert (SME) for Catalyst 6500 platform
-Lead design role for router and switch configuration templates
-Lead lab testing manager for new IOS and CatOS code certifications before global deployment
-Evaluate vendor products and services, negotiate contracts and procure services
-Establish and maintain good working relationships with vendors

 

June 1997 – August 2004 – Eastern Michigan University ICT, Ypsilanti, MI
Senior Network Systems Engineer

-Level-3 support with direct responsibility for the entire campus network infrastructure
-Lead role in re-design of the entire campus core network, and distribution/access devices
-Installed multiple Cisco Catalyst 6513 switches with a 10 Gigabit backbone
-Responsible for campus firewall setup and management of redundant Cisco PIX 535’s
-Configure and manage Cisco 3030 VPN concentrator for secure remote access
-Install and manage Cisco ACS server for radius and tacacs+ authentication and authorization
-Install, administer, troubleshoot, and maintain network switches, routers, and bridges including Cisco, Fore, Bay/Nortel, Ungermann-Bass, 3com, and custom configurations created with Linux
-Manage student help with job and time coordination, and delegate appropriate resources. Assist with technical issues as necessary.
-Extensive experience developing and maintaining a multiple domain Windows NT/2000 network

 

Personal Interests

-Backpacking, camping, hiking, travel
-Technology in almost any form and learning as much as possible about it
-Technology consulting for friends and family