Resume

CHRIS THOMPSON

513-695-0198 - chris@cthompson.com

SKILLSET

I have built and maintained enterprise class systems for over twenty-five years, including customer-facing and revenue generating web applications. I have strong critical thinking skills, operate calmly in a crisis, and have been the primary technical lead on dozens of high-visibility and high-impact projects. I have expert level skills in most mainstream scripting, orchestration and automation tools. My strong interpersonal skills allow me to lead diverse teams of people with differing levels of technical ability.

CERTIFICATIONS

AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner - Expires Nov 2022

AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate - Expires Nov 2022

EXPERIENCE

Systems Architect

E. W. Scripps Co. (2013 - Present)

Solely responsible for design, implementation and management of corporate-wide Linux, Cloud, DNS, Domain and Configuration Management architectures for a media conglomerate offering Broadcast Television, National Network, Podcast and News Services. Technical lead for multiple projects, both on-premises and cloud-based, for systems that are both customer facing and revenue generating.

Responsibilities

  • Currently team lead managing project for Cloud Architecture, including the normalization of existing “rogue” accounts across the enterprise, extending internal WAN space into AWS via Transit Gateway, and planning the migration of legacy on-prem systems into various AWS services.
  • Spearheaded project to rebuild Domain registration, external DNS and DDoS mitigation architectures, first through a hybrid on-prem and cloud approach using Dyn, and eventually a wholesale migration of nearly 2000 DNS zones to AWS Route 53.
  • Lead engineer on project requiring design and implementation of company-wide configuration management system using Puppet to meet both operations and audit control need.
  • Lead engineer on migration of data warehousing and analytics infrastructure to cloud resources with Azure, RHEL, Hadoop, Informatica, Rapidminer and Tableau.
  • Responsible for management and training of outsourced tier 1 and tier 2 support relationship with external vendor.
  • Lead engineer on enterprise-wide conversion of Oracle and MySQL clusters from Solaris to Linux.
  • Initiated and lead engineer on project to bring all Linux boxes in the enterprise under an Active Directory authentication regime, at first via SSSD and Kerberos, and later an ongoing conversion to Centrify.
  • Responsible for documentation and workflow regarding all audit controls in relation to SOX, PCI and internal compliance regimes.
  • Provide change management work across multiple teams relating to code deployment, SQL modification and system rebuilds for enterprise wide applications both internal and customer facing.
  • Developed processes and procedures for rapid expansion and contraction of infrastructure due to multiple company spin-offs, mergers and acquisitions.
  • Provide 24/7 on-call support for infrastructure administration and maintenance.

Key Technologies

RHEL, CentOS, Ubuntu Server, Debian, Solaris, Centrify, Veritas Cluster Services, Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, Puppet Enterprise, Chef, Ansible, Solarwinds, Nagios, Cloudera Hadoop, Rapidminer, Informatica, Tableau, Apache, nginx, MySQL, Subversion, Git, Perl

Senior Systems Engineer

Xavier University (2011 - 2013)

Responsible for from-scratch replacement and rebuild of campus wide Linux infrastructure from varied configuration monolithic stand-alone, rack-mount servers to VMWare ESXi cluster guests.

Responsibilities

  • Only Linux systems engineer on staff, in charge of design, implementation and ongoing operation of RHEL and Oracle Enterprise servers spanning most campus systems.
  • Lead engineer on project to rebuild infrastructure hosting the Banner campus management software to new servers, including a complete rebuild of Oracle database hosting environment on a customer-facing system accessed daily by 700 staff and 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Design and implementation of infrastructure-wide configuration management using Puppet.
  • Consolidation of legacy servers to VMware ESXi cluster utilizing Cisco UCS blades.
  • Provided datacenter backbone support as SAN administrator on Compellent SAN as well as Fiber Channel management utilizing Brocade switches.
  • Created DR data center at a remote location using live SAN and ESXi replication.
  • Provide 24/7 on-call support for infrastructure administration and maintenance.

Key Technologies

RHEL, Oracle Enterprise Linux, Debian, VMware ESXi, Compellent, Brocade, Oracle UCS, Oracle 11g, Banner Campus Management, Puppet, Oracle 11g, Solarwinds,Nagios, Samba/Winbind.

Senior Internet Engineer

Student Loan Xpress (2006-2011)

Responsible for implementation and operation of a suite of individualized websites for college financial aid departments at customer schools. Systems administrator for Linux and Windows systems across the infrastructure. Provided extensive technical support to financial aid departments and directors across customer base.

Responsibilities

  • Implementation and daily operation of 375+ distinct websites on 75+ domains for both in-house branding and customer colleges and universities.
  • Acted as technical liaison between operational resources and non-technical customer resources to ensure understanding and completion of goals and objectives for the technical relationship.
  • Redesigned disparate collection of mismatched servers into new RHEL and ESXi infrastructure both to enhance supportability and to meet rapidly changing SOX/PCI/DOE/Corporate compliance controls.
  • Developed maintenance, monitoring and backend systems in perl, PHP, and Java.
  • Provided 24/7 on-call support for infrastructure administration and maintenance.

Key Technologies

RHEL, Debian, VMware ESXi, Apache, nginx, perl, PHP, java

Systems Administrator/Engineer

Various (1992-2006)

Lengthy career of Linux, HP/UX, AIX and Solaris systems administration in infrastructures ranging from 10-5000 systems.

Key Technologies

Linux (Redhat, RHEL, SuSE, Debian, Gentoo, Arch,) Solaris, HP/UX, AIX, ISC Unix, Perl, PHP, Tomcat, WebLogic, BIND, Apache, nginx, and countless other technologies. Y2K and Disaster Recovery teams as needed. 24/7 on call support at most positions