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Blake Mennen

Aspiring Systems Administrator - Passionate about Building & Maintaining an Optimal Work Environment

  • Experience managing server infrastructures across multiple platforms (Unix, Linux, Windows). Able to effectively plan, install, configure and optimize IT infrastructures to consistently achieve high availability and performance.
  • Proven ability to create and deliver solutions tied to business growth, organizational development and systems/network optimization. Skilled problem identifier and troubleshooter comfortable managing systems, projects and teams in a range of IT environments.
  • Quick learner who is always eager to learn and master new technologies; equally successful in both team and self-directed settings.

Professional Experience

JAN 2015May 2016

Systems Administrator

Groupt, Inc.
  • Worked directly with the CTO to design and deploy Linux servers from the ground up.
  • Conducted LAN/WAN/VPN administration, AD/DNS installation and configuration of wireless access points.
  • Designed and implemented MySQL and PostgreSQL databases for Ubuntu server OS.
  • Improved redundancies by adding highly available (HA) and disaster recovery (DR) solutions like RAID configurations, internal cloud backup and load balancers.
  • Employed TCP/dump and Wireshark to troubleshoot, repair system issues, and verify proper network paths were used.
  • Secured company data through implementation of SSL/TLS, server-side encryption, and writing SSL certificates and private keys.
  • Installed and configured issue and project tracking software JIRA by Atlassian.
  • Provided technical leadership for the team to utilize JIRA, Mattermost (self hosted Slack alternative), and ownCloud.
  • Managed projects simultaneously, kept current on all project updates, and attended weekly SCRUM meetings with Groupt team members
AUG 2014JAN 2016

Assistant Computer and Information Systems Manager

Sodexo, Inc.
  • Determined the information technology goals of the organization and implemented those computer systems to meet those goals.
  • Designed and deployed Microsoft Access database to manage payroll, inventory and customer orders.
  • Handled technical troubleshooting within an enterprise environment, including system crashes, slow-downs and data recoveries.
  • Trained managers and various employees on database usage and taught them basic technical skills.
Jan 2016Jan 2016

Social Media Specialist

Hollywood Foreign press Association
  • Collaborated with Dick Clark productions to create and prepare content for the 73rd Annual Golden Globe's various Social Media accounts.
  • Posted images, videos and text to the official @GoldenGlobes Twitter for the entirety of the event.
  • Posted on and managed Instagram and Twitter accounts before and during the show.
  • Posted on GoldenGlobes Snapchat and Live Story.
Aug 2013Jan 2014

College Campus Marketing Representative

Spotify, Inc.
  • Drove awareness for Spotify Premium within the Loyola Marymount University community.
  • Utilized connections with various fraternities and sororities to sponsor their events and increase word-of-mouth marketing among students.
  • Acquired over five hundred total sign ups from students and staff members in one semester.
Jun 2012Aug 2013

Assistant Computer Systems Manager and Audio Technician

Studio NoHo
  • Troubleshooted problems across various platforms including Mac Pro, Macbook Pro, iMac, and PC systems.
  • Cut and edited sound-work for multiple music videos using production software such as Final Cut, Logic Pro, and Pro Tools.
  • Set up and and maintained studio LAN network, personal computer systems, and recording equipment.
  • Researched and recommended network enhancements to higher management in order to improve system reliability and performance.
  • Implemented those recommendations and trained employees in its use and administration
  • Solved their file storage and backup issues by installing and configuring a NAS system.


Jan 2013May 2016

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Applied Information Management Systems

Loyola Marymount University
  • 3.1 GPA
  • Deans List
  • Studied abroad in South Korea, China, Germany, and Spain


Database Design, Management and Big Data Applications

  • mySQL, noSQL, PosgreSQL
  • Apache Hadoop
  • Relational Databases (RDBMS)
  • Data Integrity and Disaster Recovery

Programming and scripting Languages

  • Java, Javascript, HTML, CSS, R, Bash, and Python

Computer Security

  • Very knowledgeable of computer security concepts and best practices.
  • Research and deployment
  • RSA and SHA encryption

Computer Hardware and networking

  • LAN/WAN Administration, VPN, TCP/IP, Routers and Switches, VoIP, Apache Webservers
  • Systems Installation, Configuration & Upgrading
  • Virtualization and Cloud Technologies
  • Media Streaming Technologies
  • Audio/Visual Technologies

Mac, PC, and Linux Computer Platforms

  • Windows XP/7/8/8.1/10, Windows Server 2012 R2, UNIX, Linux (Red Hat, Ubuntu, CentOS, Fedora), Mac OSX, Android, iOS