Santa Monica, CA
I am a veteran solutions and systems architect, with 20 years of experience delivering Internet products and services at scale. My technical work for the last several years has been very DevOps focused, with a strong concentration in implementing solutions with Amazon Web Services. Recently I have also been increasingly involved in a managerial role as an engineering team lead.
My breadth of experience makes me very well suited to assimilating many varied requirements from different business units into cohesive engineering objectives, and then prioritizing those objectives for the engineers to implement.
Technical Skill Set
- Extensive AWS experience
- Distributed systems architecture
- Various automation tools including AWS CloudFormation, Ansible, Chef and Puppet
- Continuous integration systems including AWS Code Pipeline, AWS Code Build, Jenkins and Travis CI
- CDN implementations including AWS CloudFront, Fastly, and CloudFlare
Linux System Administration
- Expert level Linux System Administrator
- Extensive experience with Debian, Ubuntu, CentOS, Fedora and RHEL
- RDBMS systems including MySQL, MariaDB and PostgreSQL
- NoSQL databases including Cassandra, MongoDB and CouchDB
- Caching systems including Redis and Memcached
- Security implementations including SSL/TLS, SSH, OpenVPN and various open source and commercial firewall solutions
- DNS administration with BIND, PowerDNS and Dnsmasq
- Webservers including Nginx, Apache and Lighttpd
I have written production code in
I am familiar with
I am interested in
- AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional (License V128H3B1JFBE1SGT)
- AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional (License 7PWW5FW1DNVQ16GD)
- AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate (License BEVSWPW1DM4QQG38)
- AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate (License 2WBC4ZHKJJR1Q630)
- AWS Certified Developer – Associate (License ECV7FVDCD2111ZCE)
2016 – Current: NodeSource
I am currently a Senior Engineer as well as the Infrastructure Lead for NodeSource. We principally develop a commercial version of the popular Node.js runtime, with additional features aimed at enterprise companies. We have also built Node Certified Modules, which is a proprietary version of the NPM package registry for Node that offers additional security metrics for organizations. My team is responsible for architecting, developing, and operating the systems needed by the other engineers to successfully deliver our products and services.
2013 – 2016: CTO Fahlo / Bkstg
Fahlo was an Artist Direct social network aimed at directly connecting music artists to their fans. We raised $25MM over two rounds while I was there, and featured numerous popular artists including Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, and Usher. As CTO I was ultimately responsible for all aspects of the technical efforts for the company. These included hiring engineers, solutions architecture for the platform,vendor selection, vendor integration, and various reporting efforts needed by other departments within the organization. Fahlo re-branded and changed names to Bkstg about half way through my time there.
2003 – 2013: Various Roles (mt) Media Temple
I spent a decade at Los Angeles based ISP (mt) Media Temple. We were a hosting company focused on the creative community, and developed a number of innovative new products and technologies during my tenure.
2003 – 2005: Director of Operations
During this time I was responsible for the day to day operations of the company. this included engineering planning, data center maintenance, and our support staff. This was effectively the COO position.
2005 – 2007: Director of Technology
By 2005 the company had grown considerably, and I focused on managing the engineering groups within the company. During this time we migrated our shared hosting product from a commercial offering to one that was developed fully in house, launched one of the industry’s first widespread VPS platforms, and migrated data centers twice. This was effectively the CTO role.
2007 – 2010: Solutions and Systems Architect for Virb.com
In 2007 we acqui-hired a team to build a bespoke website builder platform called Virb, which was in many ways an early version of companies like Squarespace or Wix in the market today. I was very interested in this space, so I served as the lead solutions architect for the new venture. In addition to developing the overall architecture for the platform, I implemented the DevOps tasks to bring the service to market.
2010 – 2013: VP Business Development
When we reached 2010, there were dedicated ops teams inside (mt) Media Temple who took over the day to day maintenance of Virb. At this time,I transitioned to a business development role. My responsibilities included market research for competitive analysis, analysis of new technologies and technology vendors for use in our products, and acting as a liaison with existing vendors.
2001 – 2003: Freelance Developer and Author
During this time I was a freelance application developer for a number of companies in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York. I also co-authored a number of programming books on the PHP programming language.
- Beginning PHP4 (ISBN-13: 978-0764543647)
- Professional PHP4 XML (ISBN-13: 978-1861007216)
- Beginning PHP4 Databases (ISBN-13: 978-1861007827)
- PHP MySQL Website Programming: Problem – Design – Solution (ISBN-13: 978-1590591505)
1999 – 2001: Co-Founder Lucid Designs LLC
Lucid Designs was a full service web design and development group. We focused primarily on the entertainment sector, completing projects for a number of companies including:
- The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
- The Country Music Association
- Warner Brothers Music
- Epitaph Records
- Fox Searchlight Pictures
1997 – 1999: Staff Engineer – News Technology Group
Doing early digital television research with an achieved end goal of increasing the terrestrial broadcast coverage footprint for the Fox Television group.
B.S. Physics – UNC Chapel Hill
Awards and Honors
- Golden Key National Honor Society
- Dean’s List
- University Honors Program
- Undergraduate Senior Physics Award for Most Outstanding Student
- Graduated with Distinction for Overall GPA
- Graduated with Highest Honors for senior honors thesis “Perturbations of a Schwarzchild Black Hole in a 4th Order Formulation of Relativity”