Summary

I am looking for a Seattle-area position working with Linux, Windows, MySQL, AWS, Docker Orchestration (Kubernetes), and other DevOps-centric automation tools. I am hoping to work with developer teams to help automate their infrastructure to make their lives and deployments easier, along with growing my own coding knowledge.

Skills

Cloud/Virtualization: AWS, VMWare, Docker, Kubernetes, KVM, LXC

Automation/Languages: Shell, Python, Ansible, YAML

Operating Systems: Linux (CentOS/Ubuntu), Windows Server (2003-2016), OS X Server (10.4+)

Database Servers: MySQL/MariaDB, Microsoft SQL, Amazon RDS/Aurora

Cloud/Virtualization: AWS, VMWare, Docker, Kubernetes, KVM, LXC

Automation/Languages: Shell, Python, Ansible, YAML

Operating Systems: Linux (CentOS/Ubuntu), Windows Server (2003-2016), OS X Server (10.4+)

Database Servers: MySQL/MariaDB, Microsoft SQL, Amazon RDS/Aurora

Networking: Firewalls, Switches, VPN, iSCSI SAN

Team Communication: Slack, Jira/Confluence, Kerio Connect, Exchange/Office365, GSuite

Experience

Owner / Shellmind / May 2014 – Present

The decision was made in 2014 that I wanted to branch out and perform some work on my own again outside of the “employee” construct. So, as I did upon graduation from military school, I started my own business again. This LLC went from working on a handful of side projects to becoming the primary support provider for a former employer. Our primary focus beginning in 2016 was migrations from local infrastructure to cloud hosting. AWS being the primary platform of choice.

Server Administrator / DataVoke / May 2016 – March 2017

When beginning this position, I had arrived in an environment that was primarily standard Windows instances running on AWS EC2. By the time I left, we were deploying JS apps backed by a Node service on Kubernetes with CircleCI. While it did not last as long as I would have liked, it was a great experience and I still have lasting relationships from this stop in my career.

SAS Administrator / Pinnacle Solutions / March 2016 – April 2016

This position was focused on Linux/UNIX installations of SAS. I will admit that when I applied for this position, I had actually never heard of SAS before. But, in short order, the amazing team at Pinnacle had me understanding the platform. Primarily, I worked to become a valued addition to the SAS Administration team, however after a short time there I realized that while I loved the work environment and my co-workers here, the position was just not what I wanted for my primary responsibilities. It was a sad day personally when I had to go in and deliver word that I had received an offer that better aligned with my interests, however my managers fully understood where I was coming from.

Systems Administrator & IT Manager / J. Allan Hall & Associates / February 2007 – March 2016

This was the period of my greatest growth overall, in part because I worked to build new additions to the infrastructure wherever I could see fit. Automation, scripting, backups, configuration management, monitoring. You name it. I found a way to implement it. While the “number of servers” does not reach “big tech” proportions in this environment, the tooling remained the same and allowed me to build fully reproducible environments wherever needed. Automation was added for WordPress deployments, as we had multiple public websites using the platform, SSH key management, and a multitude of other LAMP stack installations for different web apps. The primary tools of choice here for those automation tasks were shell scripts, cron, and Ansible.

Tier 1 & 2 ISP/VOIP Analyst / Bell Techlogix / August 2004 – February 2007

When you’re a sysadmin, you either go to school or you are self-taught. There are plenty of great admins that follow both paths, to each their own. For myself, I went to school for a year but just realized it wasn’t the track for me. So, after that, I decided I’d go my own way and try the call center route to get my foot in the market. Well, during my time at Bell, it was great to gain exposure to customer interactions and how to handle different situations from call to call. One of the best things about call center tech support is that you gain the ability to visualize what a user is seeing on their screen without having to use remote assistance tools. I enjoyed my time here and learned a lot, but shortly after meeting a number of people in similar social groups as myself, opportunity came knocking and I became a systems administrator at J. Allan Hall & Associates. It was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.