Career Profile

Director, Lead, Principal Architect · Manager, adviser, and code contributor to eBay, Rent.com, The Walt Disney Studios, DreamWorks, Campus Explorer, and other LA startups.

  • Built Stamps.com website and fulfillment pipeline through successful IPO
  • Built Rent.com Oracle data warehouse through $415m acquisition by eBay
  • Led Rent.com systems team through successful acquisition by PRIMEDIA (now RentPath)
  • Built Blackline Systems automation infrastructure through successful IPO

Experiences

Senior Systems Engineer

Jun 2018 - Present
The Walt Disney Studios

Drive Kubernetes and EKS adoption for development and CI/CD on a world-class team for a world-class brand. Develop Helm charts and present on best practices. Evaluate service mesh architectures (Istio, Kong) next-gen workflows (e.g. GitOps, ArgoCD, Weave Flux) and develop POCs for system architecture proposals.

Lead Systems Engineer

Jul 2017 - Apr 2018
Mercury Protocol

Managed AWS infrastructure, internal and production networks supporting secure messaging app “Dust”. Supported engineering team developing new flagship product, an “application agnostic, self sustaining communication network that enables a more secure, more private social network to form on the blockchain.

Lead Systems Engineer

May 2014 - Jan 2017
BlackLine Systems

Architect Chef infrastructure to enable rapid deployment of financial close suite to Fortune 500 clients. Build and maintain Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana clusters including Shield and Watcher plugins. Develop Hashicorp Packer templates, Vagrant boxes, and Terraform environments for development teams. Consult on as-needed basis for Oracle-on-AWS. Train team members in Chef, Git, and Vagrant workflows as well as general "infrastructure as code" principles, primarily in Ruby. Provide general Linux infrastructure support.

Director of Systems Infrastructure

Jul 2012 - Mar 2014
Rent.com, a RentPath Company

Managed production SA and desktop IT teams through acquisition from eBay by RentPath (formerly PRIMEDIA,) whose parent company TPG manages assets of $49 billion. Oversaw operational transition from eBay to RentPath networks. Drove disaster recovery buildout to geographically diverse data centers.

Principal Systems Architect

Jul 2008 - Jun 2012
Rent.com, an eBay Company

Built and maintained internal private network on Cisco, Citrix, and HP hardware, supporting Oracle, NetApp, and Hitachi storage environments. Deployed Citrix NetScaler Application Delivery Controllers, enabling Layer 7 content switching to facilitate opt-in beta for responsive web site re-design.

Cofounder & Chief Architect

Jan 2006 - Feb 2007
Campus Explorer

Architected and launched search engine for colleges using MySQL and Catalyst MVC with Template Toolkit and jQuery UI. Participated in early recruiting efforts, strategy, and funding, including initial legal formation and incentive structuring.

Director of Database Operations / Sr. Oracle DBA

Jun 2001 - Jan 2006
Rent.com, an eBay company

Built data warehouse according to Kimball methodologies. Designed complete reporting system back-to-front with Oracle PL/SQL, Perl and HTML::Mason. Administered Oracle and Veritas clusters. Hired and managed team of six over five years. Rent.com was sold to eBay in 2005 for $415 million.

Senior Web Developer

Jun 1999 - Jun 2001
Stamps.com

Built Tell-a-Friend referral feature, data feeds for online store product fulfillment, web log analysis and reporting interface, and basic Oracle backup and recovery scripts.

Web Developer

Nov 1998 - Jun 1999
Dreamworks SKG

Built web-based ticket system in Perl and BerkeleyDB for use by feature animation support team to respond to artist production issues.

Systems Administrator

Jun 1996 - Nov 1998
Digital Domain

Provided server and desktop support to digital artists on heterogeneous network of IRIX servers, workstations, switches, routers, and NFS storage. Built web-based reporting system for monitoring render queue efficiency.

Skills & Proficiency

Ubuntu, Red Hat, macOS, VMware, KVM

Amazon AWS, Kubernetes/EKS, Docker

Ansible, Chef, Terraform, Consul, Nomad, Vault

Datadog, Prometheus, Grafana, Sensu, Monit

Elasticsearch, Logstash, Kibana

PostgreSQL, MySQL, Oracle

Python, Ruby, Perl, Bash

AWS Glue, Kinesis, Lambda, Route53

JIRA, Confluence, HipChat, BitBucket, Gitlab, Slack

Citrix NetScaler, Cisco IOS, HP ProCurve, NetApp

Go, Node.js, Javascript