Career Profile

Currently seeking a leadership position in a private technology company where I can utilize my unique blend of technical and soft skills to directly contribute to the organization's strategic vision and bottom line.

  • Built Rent.com's first business intelligence unit, led through $415m acquisition by eBay
  • Saved est. $1M in vendor spend by architecting Oracle data warehouse and ETL in-house
  • Hired and managed multiple Rent.com teams through subsequent acquisition by RentPath
  • Designed and implemented Blackline Systems' Linux automation through successful IPO
  • Architected and launched search engine for Campus Explorer (now Archer Education)
  • Engineered Stamps.com website and product fulfillment pipelines through successful IPO
  • Migrated Disney's in-house streaming video service to Amazon EKS

Experiences

Senior Database Engineer

Oct 2021 - Present
Peloton Interactive

Sitting at the crossroads of every Postgres request that comes through Peloton and working across multiple teams on problems related to datastore and application performance challenges. Owning database reliability, automation and performance as we grow our platform. Providing architectural and hands on assistance with scaling and improving our ORM. Managing and evolving observability tools and documentation used by engineers.

Senior Engineer, Systems and Data

Mar 2019 - Mar 2020
VideoAmp

Drove initiatives to optimize on-premises Kubernetes clusters to significantly reduce AWS cost. Provided highly scalable and reliable data solutions using Python, Kafka, Aerospike, Tableau, Spark, and much more.

Senior Systems Engineer

Jun 2018 - Mar 2019
The Walt Disney Studios

Led adoption of Kubernetes on AWS using Amazon EKS with a world-class team for a world-class brand. Build Helm charts and presented on best practices. Evaluated service mesh architectures (e.g. Istio, Kong), next-gen workflows (GitOps & Weave Flux), and developed POCs for system architecture proposals.

Lead Systems Engineer

May 2014 - Jan 2017
BlackLine Systems

Principal architect of Chef infrastructure to enable rapid deployment of SaaS accounting platform to Fortune 500 clients. Automated deployment of development environments from a span of several days to 10 minutes using Terraform. Led system automation teams through successful IPO. Built and maintained Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana clusters to increase operational visibility and provide reporting transparency across business teams. Trained DevOps team in Chef and GitOps workflows, and tailored automation using custom Knife plugins written in Ruby.

Director of Infrastructure

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

Led production SA and desktop IT teams through acquisition from eBay by RentPath, whose parent company TPG managed assets of $49 billion. Responsible for Los Angeles transition from eBay to RentPath networks. Drove disaster recovery buildout and migration to geographically diverse data centers.

Principal Architect

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

Managed five-person Perl and Oracle infrastructure team. 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 responsive web redesign. Migrated legacy hardware to virtualized blade servers.

Cofounder & Chief Architect

Jan 2006 - Feb 2007
Campus Explorer

Architected and launched search engine for colleges using MySQL, Perl, 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

Hire and managed five-person database administration team. Single-handedly architected Oracle data warehouse and ETL in pure PL/SQL, saving $1M+ in vendor spend. Delivered business intelligence reports to senior management using Perl and HTML::Mason. Administered and tuned high-availability Veritas clusters for performance and reliability. Provided data and infrastructure audits and due diligence materials during acquisition by eBay. Rent.com was sold to eBay for $415MM.

Senior Web Developer

Jun 1999 - Jun 2001
Stamps.com

Built product fulfillment pipeline for online store and customer referral engine using Perl, HTML::Mason, Oracle, PL/SQL, and DBI/DBD::Oracle.

Web Developer

Nov 1998 - Jun 1999
Dreamworks SKG

Built helpdesk request tracker for feature animation production support team using Perl, cgi-bin, SQLite, Oracle, PL/SQL, and DBI/DBD::Oracle.

Systems Administrator

Jun 1996 - Nov 1998
Digital Domain

Managed systems that generated images for Titanic, The Fifth Element, and What Dreams May Come using Perl, cgi-bin, IRIX, Digital UNIX, NetApp and much more.