Resume

I’m an IT Professional with over 20 years of experience as an individual contributor and project leader in IT operations, support, and architecture.

My current job is “DevOps practitioner”.  I’ve designed and deployed a Puppet-based configuration management workflow using Puppet Enterprise, GitHub Enterprise, and Atlassian Jira.  The initial training and support I received from Puppet (then Puppet Labs) was integral in introducing me to DevOps tools and practices.  My company’s current workflow is deployed to 5,000 servers and is in its third generation.

I’m a Puppet Certified Professional and participate in the Puppet community.  I’ve published a module on the Puppet Forge and have contributed to several others.  Check out my projects.

I’m comfortable implementing systems on VMware vSphere, Amazon Web Services, and Microsoft Azure.  I’m very familiar with Microsoft Windows Server and Ubuntu Server.  I have experience with other Linux & Unix platforms as well.  I also have previously been certified on VMware (VCP5-DCV) and Microsoft (MCSE).

Previously, I spent 15 years as a virtual infrastructure architect, implementing VMware vSphere on servers and storage for several sites in the United States, and providing three-tier architectural standards for deployments around the globe.  I specialized in deploying VMware ESXi to Dell & HP servers and Compellent (later Dell), HP, and NetApp storage solutions.  I helped build large clusters with high availability and off-site data replication to support disaster recovery.  I was the first person in my company to beta-test and present VMware Workstation on Compaq ProLiant servers running Red Hat Linux in 1999.  I did all this work out of a Windows Server technical support team, where I was supporting Windows-Server-based applications including Active Directory, Exchange, SharePoint, and SQL Server.

My IT career started at Ingram Micro, where I provided phone-based technical support to customers in the mid-to-late 1990s.

Education

B.S. in Computer Science, University at Buffalo, 1994

Personal Interests

  • Bicycling
  • Computer-based and tabletop gaming
  • Musician: Bass guitar, acoustic guitar, voice
  • Scouting: Adult leader in local BSA units