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Skills Summary

An IT Professional offering over 17 years of experience in various positions within the industry.  Skills include bash, ksh, perl, and python scripting; visualization solutions such as VMware, KVM, and AIX VIOS-based IBM PowerSystems; fiber and copper network environments; networking, firewall, and security administration; and troubleshooting processes, applications, and hardware in mixed operating system environments.

Work History

Sep 2004Present

IT Technical Leader

Hastings Entertainment, Inc.
Skills and Responsibilities

Operating Systems:

  • IBM AIX
  • RedHat Linux
  • Ubuntu Linux
  • Solaris Spark
  • CentOS Linux
  • Windows 2003, 2008 and 2012

Hardware Platforms:

  • Dell R6-R8 Series Servers
  • Hitachi USP, AMS, HUS, and VSP Arrays
  • Brocade Fiber Directors
  • Cisco Switches and Routers
  • IBM PowerSystem Frames
  • IBM Pure Data System for Analytics

Maintenance and Deployment Responsibilities:

  • Backup/Restore Environment
  • SAN Storage Environment
  • Fiber/Copper Networking
  • Kickstart/Automated Server Installs
  • Paging/Notification Environment
  • Network/Infrastructure Monitoring
  • Store Server/POS Environment
  • RedHat KVM Virtualization
  • VMWare 5.1/6.x Infrastructure
  • iptables firewall rule configuration
  • SELinux Audit Configuration
  • AIX PowerSystems Virtualization
  • PCI Compliance Policy Adherence
  • Internal Security Auditing
  • Incoming/Outgoing Ticket Automation
  • Datacenter Environment Monitoring
    • Heating, Cooling, Humidity, and Power
  • Acquired Company Datacenter
    • Consultation, Relocation, and/or Migration
  • Technical Documentation
  • Technical Personnel Training
  • E-Commerce Web Server Environment

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Live-streaming
    • Configuration/Setup R&D
    • Travel/Onsite Broadcasting
    • Quality Consultation



I have been responsible for helping create a myriad of solutions over the years for everything from simple hand-made Serial to RJ45 adapters to keep from spending money on re-cabling entire stores for hardware upgrades, automated troubleshooting scripts for inexperienced/understaffed teams, to portable stores for use at Expos and other traveling and marketing opportunities. 

About me

I am 31 years old, have been married for 11 years, and have sons who are 4 and 7.

When I'm not working or spending time with my family, I enjoy running, lifting weights, and hiking in Palo Duro Canyon whenever possible.


Education

Aug 1999Dec 2002

High School Honors Graduate

Pampa High School

An exemplary English student, UIL-rated percussionist, and National Honors Society and Who's Who member.  Enrolled in the Business Professionals of America program and worked as an MIS Technician for a local medical billing company in my hometown of Pampa, TX.  Graduated early after testing out of all required and elective classes before moving to Amarillo for college.