John Sanders

Work History

Work History
Nov 2008 - Present

Chief Technology Officer

Thumb World Productions, Inc.

Thumb World Productions, LLP [www.thumbworldproductions.com] is an entertainment brand development company that capitalizes on social trends and advances in media through the development and licensing of its web-based intellectual properties. We are razor focused on a currently underserved segment of the virtual world/kids gaming market consisting primarily of boys ages 6 to 12. The company's first branded property is T-Wiz (Thumb Wizard), a character driven casual gaming and safe social networking site for children [www.twizalpha.com]. We have a compelling story line with dynamic characters, which has the potential to translate into a variety of both online and offline media platforms.

Responsibilities:

  • Assisting startup company in presentations to angel investors and venture capitalists for first round funding.
  • Manage product development, customer service, graphics development, database administration, internet infrastructure and network operations.
Nov 2008 - Present

Director, Internet Infrastructure and Operations

Jacked, Inc.

Jacked is a Santa Monica,CA based, venture backed start-up building a digital media platform to complement broadcast television.

Responsibilities:

  • Design and management of internet hosting resources and principal contact for 24x7 production systems support.

Major Accomplishments:

  • Negotiated equipment acquisition, service level and network connectivity agreements.
  • Developed incident response, escalation and outage reporting procedures.
  • Architected and deployed Linux High Availability (HA) database and file server clusters.
  • Reduced annual expenditures by more than $ 200,000 thru resource consolidation.
Jan 2001 - Jan 2009

Vice President, Information Technology

The Active Network, Inc.,

The Active Network, Inc. is the largest global provider of integrated technology solutions, marketing services and online media properties that encourage and enable participation in activities and events.

Responsibilities:

  • Oversaw internet data center operations, 24x7 technical support, network operations, SAN operations, vendor relationships, operating budget and disaster recovery planning for an infrastructure of more than 600 servers and network appliances.

Major Accomplishments:

  • Merged two internet data centers (Denver and Los Angeles) and application systems with no downtime, resulting in reduced costs of $10,000/month.
  • Migrated internet data center and application systems from Maryland to Los Angeles with no downtime, resulting in reduced costs of $100,000/month.
  • Designed and managed high availability , multi-terabyte SQL Server database clusters
  • Redesigned WAN and LAN infrastructures, standardizing with redundant Cisco routers, switches, network security appliances and load balancers.
  • Designed and implemented 24x7 resource monitoring, incident response and escalation procedures.
  • Drove migration of multiple Windows and Linux servers to Vmware ESX to reduce data center footprint and power consumption.
  • Architected and deployed PCI compliant e-commerce payment systems.
Jan 1999 - Jan 2001

Chief Technology Officer

Eteamz, Inc.

Eteamz is the leading website building resource for teams, leagues, and clubs.

(Acquired by the Active Network in 2001)

Major accomplishments:

  • Built product development, customer service, graphics development, database administration and 24/7 Internet data center/network operations organizations from scratch.
  • Developed and managed technology and product development plan which drove monthly traffic increase from 2 million page views to 30 million page views, from zero registered members to 135,000 registered members, from 2,000 team sites to in excess of 124,000 team sites and from 30,000 unique users to 900,000 unique users.
  • Managed strategic growth and operating performance of the company's technology environment through multiple evolutions, resulting in a highly scalable Internet content delivery platform.
Sep 1997 - Jan 1999

Principal

JAS Consulting Group Inc.

Major accomplishments

  • Developed E-Commerce strategy for business/business and business/consumer for Honda Finance.
  • Planned and managed the implementation of an ERP software solution for Fox Sports Net.
Jan 1994 - Sep 1997

CIO/Senior Vice President

Spelling Entertainment was a theatrical film, video distribution and television production company that produced popular shows such as Charmed, Beverly Hills 90210, 7th Heaven, Dynasty and Melrose Place.

Major accomplishments

  • Built four technology organizations in the US and Europe, servicing seven companies. Worldwide budget of $7,500,000 and staff of 50 personnel.
  • Reduced worldwide technology expenditures by more than $ 1,000,000 through restructuring, outsourcing and standardizing hardware, mission-critical software and network communications.
  • Established and led firm-wide business process re-engineering projects resulting in potential earnings increase in excess of $ 4,000,000.
  • Refined services for distribution businesses resulting in revenue of $ 5,000,000.
  • Launched a new interactive media venture. Produced three interactive CD-ROM products, three promotional video trailers and six World Wide Web sites for marketing of home video, film and television products. Created/Produced/Directed a live cybercast for event marketing for the television series "Melrose Place".
Jul 1986 - Jan 1994

CIO/Senior Vice President

Metro Goldwyn Mayer/United Artists

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is  involved primarily in the production and distribution of films and television programs.

Accomplishments include:

  • Organized new IT division and outsourced major applications. Reduced annual costs by $ 2,000,000.
  • Directed installations of sixteen systems in 24-month period, on time and on budget.
  • Initiated process re-engineering/downsizing projects that reduced annual costs by                          more than $ 2,800,000.
  • Led technology group in profit improvement project that identified $ 14,000,000 in cost-savings/revenue enhancement opportunities.

Education

Education

Summary

Technology Igniter Delivering Competitive Edge,

Cost Reduction and Productivity Increase

  • Proven track record in deploying technology to improve business processes and profit
  • Expert in leading technology organizations in start-up, turnaround and rapid change environments
  • Hands-on experience in building and managing Internet data centers and sophisticated server, network and database infrastructures
  • Substantial expertise in deployment of web-facing business systems

Competencies

Disciplines:

  • Data Center and Infrastructure Management
  • Application system planning, design and installation
  • Systems Administration
  • Database Administration
  • Network Engineering
  • Application Services
  • Project Management.
  • Profit Improvement
  • Business Process Re-engineering

Technologies

  • Linux and Windows Enterprise Architectures
  • ASP, JAVA , Cold Fusion, Ruby On Rails, XML , PHP, Joomla
  • E-Commerce
  • MS SQL Server, Postgresql and MySql
  • Storage Area Networks
  • SDLC
  • High Availability Clusters and Networks
  • Data Center Infrastructures and Operations
  • ERP systems

Industries:

  • Media and Entertainment (Film, Video, Television and Distribution)
  • Interactive Gaming
  • Lodging
  • Casino Gaming
  • Transportation
  • Distribution
  • Oil and Gas
  • Financial Services
  • Sports