Chris Thompson


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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.



E. W. Scripps Co.

2013 - Present

Systems Architect

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.

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

Xavier University

2011 - 2013

Senior Systems Engineer

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.

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.

Student Loan Xpress

2006 - 2011

Senior Internet Engineer

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.

Key Technologies: RHEL, Debian, VMware ESXi, Apache, nginx, perl, PHP, java


1992 - 2006

Systems Administrator

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