I am looking to utilize 15 years+ of IT experience in such a way that benefits both the company and my personal growth.
Owner. Hi-way 50 Drive In Movie Theater, Lewisburg, TN, July 2013 – Present
We purchased this as an asset for the portfolio. We gutted, remodeled, and installed all new equipment from the kitchen to the projector room. It’s all digital now and I’ve automated through scripting/relays/etc almost the entire movie process. We opened for business March 21st 2014 with a double feature. We have 8-10 staff on payroll.
AVP – IT Engineering. Franklin American Mortgage, Franklin, TN, June 2008 – Present
I began leading in FAMC in 2008 in charge of all operations except for helpdesk. I was in charge of planning and executing upgrade schedules, new technologies, as well as day to day lights on. The size of our team was 15. Later in 2011 we split the team into 2 halves, I took over the Engineering department that included Imaging, Labs, and Cloud initiatives. Our Imaging group developed a Document conversion, classification and Extraction solution geared to improve the speed of which we processed loan data.
Currently I am managing 1 Imaging team, several Linux and Windows Engineers and a NOC. Today our focus has changed from break-fix and uptime more to leveraging cloud services to speed up development and get features out to the business faster and less buggy.
Linux Administrator. Franklin American Mortgage, Franklin, TN, June 2006 – (08) Present
We have built from the ground up a mid-large enterprise. We embraced Open Source solutions where it made sense and commercial solutions where they did. We uses nearly every piece of popular open source program imaginable in some extent. Courier Imap was the original primary email server until we hit 500 or so users, then we began migrating to Zimbra for around 1200 accounts today. We went from 0% virtualized in ’06 to roughly 80% 2 years later, and closer to 95% today. Then we house in the neighborhood of 500 servers, using Vmware ESX 5.1 and a Compellent SAN. Between, 2 EMCs, 2 Compellents and 2 Netapps, we housed around 150TB of data counting the replicated data to a DR site. IT as a whole as made well over 100% efficiency improvements in the core piece of the business. Using the systems in place we have been able to process more than double the volume with less staff per volume ratio.
Creator/owner. Ichosts.com 2011 – Current. A cloud hosting and services company
I founded as a public/private cloud system. I built the web interface, the packetsniffer accounting tools, and the backend systems. I also do custom installations and migrations to this system. It’s also the core to some of my SaaS systems.
Security Consulting. 2002-Present. Independent Network, Linux and FreeBSD security consultant for several ISPs and webhosting customers. My specialties include Firewalls, Honeypots, IDS, Spamtraps, Portscan Traps, Backdoor/Rootkit detection and removal. Also programming security: buffer overflow, stack/heap overflow prevention and SQL Injection prevention in Perl and PHP. I am also highly skilled in reverse engineering in both Linux and Windows which is extremely helpful in determining the damage a foreign binary has caused as well as altering binary programs in which you no longer have the source for.
Security Audits. 2005-Present. Independent Security consulting for ISPs and Financial institutes (including banks) in compliance with SOX in regards to IT. I generate reports outlining flaws and offering recommendations in Continuity, Disaster recovery, Risk Assessment, Backups, Network and System security. I also attempt Social engineering and outline guidelines that should be used in those type of scenarios.
A Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors. Lewisburg Christian Academy, Lewisburg, TN Jan 2010 – 2012
We started a new Christian school from the ground up. I was responsible for hiring (and firing) the teachers, getting marketing created, getting policies and procedures, student handbook, employee handbook, website, curriculum, and computer systems: accounting, enrollment, and admissions. Also we had to deal with payroll, IRS filings, meeting minute submissions, fire inspections, health inspections, other misc government regulations.
Web Developer. Independent Contracting, Lewisburg, TN, 1998 – Present
I currently do side work development/consulting for select ISPs and their customers as a subcontracted service. I have done several freelance jobs for companies all over the US. They typically are PHP/MySQL or one time Linux installs and setup, but some have been hired to do complete NT to Linux migrations. I also do optimizations such as: SEO, MySQL, OS hardening, and cross platform compatibility. (References and examples are available.)
Open Source Developer. Independent programming on a spam filter I have written from scratch in Linux/Freebsd C. I am the only developer in this project and proudly announced version 1.0 in February 2005. It uses many advanced techniques and designed for enterprise use with processing power of over 400 email/second. I have also written public patches for many open source products including vpopmail, qmail, qmail-scanner, SpamAssassin, rblsmtpd, ratbox, honeyd, bash, and a handful of others for special cases.
Systems Administrator to IT Manager. Ascendantmedia, Nashville, TN, Mar ‘01 – Dec ‘06
My primary job here was originally php development, mail administration and security for our datacenter’s 37 servers, and the local office LAN of about 90 workstations but I have since been promoted to IT Manager. Our company has about 36 million members, in which I helped design part of the underlying structure. This system is design for high load consisting of fully redundant loadbalancers, webservers and databases servers.
Technician. Tnweb ISP, Lewisburg, TN, November 1999 – March 2001
I was the lead tech of pc repair as well as the systems administrator, but I occasionally configured Ciscos and designed/installed networks for companies.
Developer. Tnweb ISP, Lewisburg, TN, Jan 2004 – June 2004 I developed a proprietary spam/virus filter solution as well as a PHP frontend for this ISP.
Columbia State Community College, August 1997 – December 1999
I was enrolled in a 2+2 type program, once I had completed the first 2 years, I chose not to continue my education at the current time
Columbia State Community College, June 2004 – April 2005
I am 1 semester away from an associates in business or computer science.
Linux – 17yrs FreeBSD – 5yrs MySQL – 6yrs Windows – 20yrs+ Vmware ESX – 6 yr
I have a installed and managed countless service applications including: Cyrus, Zimbra, Postfix, Sendmail, Qmail, Samba, Snort, Bind, OpenLdap, Tomcat, Apache, Teamcity, Jboss, SSH/keys/sftp-server, Pureftpd, Proftpd, Nagios, MRTG, Cacti, and HA/Ldirectord to name a few.
I have installed Cat3,5,6,fiber, iSCSI, 1000, 100, and 10baseT LANs, PTP T1’s, WiFi, and designed elaborate load-balanced networks. Though I do not have thorough Cisco training, I have configured 875, 2500-2600 and configured null routes and SNMP network graphing. I have also designed network wide honeypots and snort that can talk to routers/firewalls to add null routes coming from spammers and attackers.
MySQL / Percona / MariaDB – 15+ years MSSQL – 5 years DynamoDB – 1 year Redshift – 0.6 yr
I have experience in most Intel based server and workstation configurations (Dual/quad xeon and Amd mp, raid 0,1,5,1+0, scsi and fiber) building, configuring, designing and trouble shooting. I also have a good deal of experience in identifying the right hardware for a specific task.
I’ve used several EMC products such as CLARiiON CX300, CX500, Celerra NS40 and fiber switches.
I have implemented many solutions to fit the size of the environment. We have installed replicated file systems with Celarras, offsite tape backups, replicated Datadomain dedupe appliances. I have experience with Commvault, BackupExec and Arkeia backup software as well as tar straight to tape.
Crackingexperts.com, a small website I started to offer consulting for companies who made windows, linux, and unix based applications. I would disassemble a client’s application and give them advice on protecting their software from crackers and assist in improving their key algorithms as well as make suggestions on existing market products. I had planned on selling my own polymorphic protection through this service, but eventually the time to profit ratio just wasn’t good enough to make it worth my efforts. I do have extensive experience in Ida Pro, Softice, hexediting, asm, identifying poorly written code, and optimizing code through disassembly and assembler.
I run several small companies on the side as a hobby and for business experience. Among those are silk-screening, webhosting, web application for real estate agents, consulting, and web development to name a few. We own a Drive in movie theater that the wife and I run. I’ve started a vineyard as a longer term business and enjoy making wine in hope of someday starting a family winery.
I believe in giving back to the community, both online and locally. Online: I have released countless patches, programs, hacks, scripts, etc. I help run online support networks for business, stock enthusiasts, and software development. Locally: I am currently the Treasurer in our church. I led a group of youths in AWANA for 5 years. I help with local groups such as Computer Club, Beekeeper club, etc. I coach soccer for my kid’s teams.
MySQL Core Certified, 10/2003
Gardening, aquaculture, automating with hardware (Arduino/Cubie Boards), Playing/Coaching soccer, tinkering.