IT Leader and Project Mgr (formally with Walt Disney Co & Bayer) with large Social Media Influence and a passion for emerging technology • Linux Developer (formally with Red Hat) • Social Media SME • Broadcaster & Owner of The Vidcast Network • Blogger • Photography Enthusiast
"The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese. That's the dilemma of being an early adopter." - Me
Thank you for viewing my profile. I try to share informative and entertaining information, often of my own authorship. If you'd like to CIRCLE me, I'd tend to post about #Technology
, #Social Media
, #Humor #Geek
and photos. You can learn more about me from interviews I did in 2010
, and 2013
I AM ALSO A GOOGLE GLASS COMMUNITY LEADER and manage the Google+ Glass Owners Community_ Hiring Me
I'm always open to great opportunities. My
greatest success is in IT Leadership roles and I look for Director,
Manager or Project Manager positions because of their diverse
responsibilities and the authority to act. I have extensive backgrounds
and hands-on experience in Computer Security, Architecture, TCP/IP
Networking, and Social Media, so the best opportunities incorporate one
or more of those responsibilities. I also have an ITIL Expert
Certification and TOGAF 8 training.
I'm open to software
development opportunities, but I'm not currently an app, UX or iOS
programmer. My expertise is in systems level programming, SaaS or
Middleware. I'm the back-end or API guy. I have expert Linux and C
skills, and average PHP, XML, SQL, REST and Java skills. I also enjoy
Ruby. You can visit my GitHub
prefer to live on the central east coast, favoring North Carolina where
we lived for 10 years. We're also open to Georgia, Virginia (away from
DC), Tennessee and perhaps Alabama and Texas if the opportunity is
awesome in position or compensation. I prefer salaried positions, but
I'll consider contracts if they are 12 or more months in duration. I'm
not yet financially independent, so I prefer salary or long-term
contracts so I can focus on the work instead of splitting my attention
between it and my family's survival. Most of my professional friends are
in Silicon Valley, but to move and live there I'd have to ask for such
unbelievably high compensation that I don't believe I'm worth it.
The Walt Disney Company
I was employed at The Walt Disney Company for over 10 years in Technology, working with revenue service sustainment, IT projects and development until 2015, when their controversial outsourcing to Indian contractors
resulted in about 250 highly skilled employees being laid off or forced early retirement. This became a national news story and prompted an investigation into H-1B Immigrant Visa exploits causing American job loss. Being the first (and still only) person to come forward non-anonymously I was featured in the New York Times.
My title and responsibilities at Disney kept changing during my time there, but basically I was an individual contributor or team leader in Parks & Resorts Technology performing Software Development, SaaS Support and large Project Management depending on need. Some of the projects I personally handled include platform migration to Linux and Oracle for thousands of users, the roll-out of the first Gift Card service at Disney World, introducing client certification testing to ticketing, and automating manual bulk ticketing processes.
Disney World provided a wealth of technology distraction and professional opportunity [not to mention 43+ square miles of theme park property to enjoy]. And like many there my activities were not limited to my position. I also did press support at large media events, helped in the theme parks during the holidays, volunteered at "Give Kids The World Village", participated on creative solutions teams, assisted friends and families when they visited, beta tested new services and attractions, contributed to internal social media (I had one of the largest followings in the company), and sang in the Epcot Candlelight Processional Choir.
Red Hat, IBM, Linux and Open Source
I've been part of Linux and Open Source since Linus first released kernel 0.99pl3 on USENET while in college and Richard Stallman started FSF. I was a SCSI driver beta tester for Linux, and I ran a free newsgroup server for the Waterbury CT area. I'm experienced with Jana, SLS, Slackware, Debian, Red Hat, Fedora, Knoppix and Ubuntu releases. On "Advogato" I'm rated by my peers as a "Master" of Linux
Because of my extensive backgrounds in Linux, middleware messaging, TCP/IP, high-availability services and cluster systems (I was a VMS middleware engineer at DEC in a previous life), I joined Red Hat in 1999 as employee #121 and Team Leader for developing High-Availability services in Linux. This was when Bob Young was still in charge and my team included well-known people like the creator of LVS, and Stephen Tweedie (creator of EXT2). I was a core developer of the Piranha Open Source project, co-creator of the "Red Hat High Availability Server" product (a competitor to Turbo Linux), project manager for global EXT3 beta testing, blogger and community manager for several Open Source projects, and QA tester for RH Linux V6-V7. During Red Hat's global expansion in 2000 we merged our HA technologies with acquisitions from other companies (such as "Mission Critical"), or into the core Linux product. In 2001 the "dot com" bubble collapsed, forcing Red Hat to shutdown some projects and layoff Engineers, including the HA team.
I've also done Linux contracting at IBM, and I've been a long promoter of Open Source and Linux, including at Disney.
Although I have a great relationship with Google and have many friends there (some who use to work with me at Red Hat), I've never worked for them. I'd like to; I've even interviewed with them twice, but the biggest obstacle has been my unwillingness to relocate my family to California without compensation far greater than I'm probably worth (blame Wall Street; the housing market collapse had a major impact on us financially). Google doesn't hire for telecommuting (which always struck me as odd).
Despite not working for Google, Googlers have been incredibly kind to me. My friend Adrian invited me to the beta launch of Google Wave, Ingress and Google+, Vic Gundotra
helped place me on the "Google+ Suggested Users" list for Technology twice (as well as he and Bradley Horowitz connecting me with people to help resolve problems), Chee Chew
supported me during the beta launches of Hangouts and Hangouts On Air and during my show broadcasts, and I can't forget the Google Glass Team
- they allowed me to be one of the first to own the device, designated me a Community Leader, gave me a tour of the Googleplex, and introduced me to all the Glass developers. One of the most memorable times in my career.
All these great people are why I'd love to work there someday. Thank you Googlers!
When I joined Bayer's Pharmaceutical Biologicals division (originally as a contractor), they had just networked all the desktops and badly needed someone to turn the stand-alone PCs to a LAN/WAN/Server infrastructure. The department had no staff or budget, but within 5 months I hands-on created an entire environment using mostly open Source, Linux, TCP/IP services, recycled hardware and modeling based on the Internet, I created and deployed NFS and Samba file services, military time sync, DNS, print services, shared CD-ROM towers, Microsoft Domain sign-on, remote patching & installations, intranet web services, documentation sharing, automated backups, email and more. I completed this with less finances than corporate used just to evaluate things. I was hired and promoted to department project manager, where over 5 years I created a team, cleaned up the wiring and data center, managed the routers, outsourced PC and network support, implemented standards, formed a help desk, handled GMP compliance, controlled technology evaluation and purchase, wired 12 new buildings, created business continuity & disaster recovery plans, created another data center, lead corporate steering committees on Security and Architecture, created the new division HQ, and much more. The ease, accuracy and efficiency of operations were greatly improved. By the time I left to join Red Hat, I had signatory authority of $10k, a staff of 8 direct reports, my own office, was in change of an annual operating budget over $1.2Mil and networking projects over $2Mil. This is an example how valuable my diverse experience is in software and hardware technologies, and how well I work when given the authority and trust.
This is a great example of the opportunities I seek in my career. I appreciate the freedom to identify and address problems.Prior Background
I've worked primarily in technology development and infrastructure support for leaders in the computer, municipal, retail, financial,
pharmaceutical, hospitality, and entertainment industries, at both large corporations and start-ups. This includes large Enterprises like IBM, Bayer, DEC, and Disney, government contracting for the USPS and Town of North Haven CT, and several startups (including Red Hat, and 2 of my own). This is why I have an unusual range of experiences and creative input. I also have a significant history in social networking and live broadcast production.
I began at DEC
programming on PDP-11
s and VAX/VMS
. I was one of the developers of DECmessageQ
), the computer industry's first multi-platform messaging middleware. I was also one of the world's earliest adopters and beta testers of Linux
(v0.99pl3 circa 1992) directly from Linus on USENET. At Bayer
I designed, built and supported High Availability Enterprise Infrastructures at facilities in NC. Because of my long history
with Open Source (rated "Master"
by my peers), I became Red Hat
employee #121 as their High Availability Services Team Leader on the Piranha
Open Source project. I created the Linux High Availability Server
product, the first "out of the box" secure Linux system, and I authored of much of the product manual
[I was also the author of the original Internet FAQ for "The Prisoner" TV series, and a major contributor to the MST3k FAQ.]
Some Google+ Contributions: