How would you describe him? 

Accomplished IT professional with demonstrated success in implementing strategic initiatives that improve business functionality, reduce IT operations costs and ensures solid data recovery capabilities. Project Manager/Technical Lead offering 11 years experience operating in regulated environments with security compliance demands. Technician specialized in IBM Power platform and quickly transferring success in Linux and Microsoft server environments. Open source proponent and avid Linux fan. Self-starter with experience as team lead and juggling multiple projects. Willing to get his hands dirty and hates nothing more than not meeting a deadline.

Work Experience

Present -2006

Senior Systems Administrator - Kaiser Aluminum - Foothill Ranch, CA


Systems Administration                   High Availability & Support
Security/SOX Reporting                   Local/Remote Server & Desktop Support
Disaster Recovery Planning              Project Coordinator & Technical Lead
Server Virtualization      
Implemented DRP and HA environment for Soft Alloy ERP system.
Server consolidation and virtualization across multiple locations and hardware platforms using ESX, Hyper-V, & LPAR technologies.
Developed and implemented security controls to ensure SOX compliance. Year over year costs reductions related to SOX
Implemented company-wide VOIP; reducing costs and increasing uptime.
Implemented solutions reducing data center footprint, streamlined server administration and reduce support/maintenance costs across multiple sites.  
Support Corporate office & multiple remote sites: Server & Desktop for 500+ users.
Modernized Microsoft infrastructure to include intelligent use of services to centralize controls & reduce stress on resources.
Implemented internally hosted solutions to minimize security and privacy risks to company's data.


ERP Operations Administrator - Gilead Sciences - San Dimas/Foster City, CA


System i Administration                    High Availability & DRP of ERP system
Security/SOX Reporting                     Department Technical Lead
System i Virtualization

Designed/Implemented twin Power 5 systems (i & AIX) to replace aged eServers utilizing virtualization and server replication technologies. Oversaw operations group and manged operations and DR testing.
Severed as Technical Lead on numerous projects including a large ERP application upgrade.
Completed all necessary system migrations, Disaster Recovery tests, and moved ERP Operations to new multi-million dollar Data Center in Foster City, Ca.
Operated within a highly regulated environment and maintained SOX compliance.

IT Operations Manager - MP Biomedicals - Irvine, CA / Solon, Ohio

Primary Responsibilities                                                       

System i administration                           ERP integration/support                           

Enterprise Backup & Recovery services    Local/Remote PC Support   

Help Desk Management                        


Proud member of core team responsible for successfully migrating Biomedical Division from parent pharmaceutical company.

Team successfully implemented IBM hardware & software solutions to gain special recognition from IBM as a featured success story at PartnerWorld 2004 with 5 minute video spot (click here to watch)

Successfully integrated multiple acquisitions into company infrastructure: Lotus Notes, PRMS (ERP), and e-commerce sites.

Consolidated/Centralized North American & European locations and systems, designed DRP strategies, & implemented global backup strategy for critical systems.


Senior Systems Administrator - PFF Bank - Claremont, Ca

Primary Responsibilities
System i administration                     OpenVMS system administration
Helpdesk - End user support              AS400 Disaster Recovery Planning
Documentation & Procedures             Regulatory and SOX reporting

Quickly advanced the ranks from bank teller to branch supervisor before switching over to IT operations. Spent most of my time as the AS400 Operations Team lead and had the pleasure of assisting with the depolyment of our companies online banking initiative & numerous web-based employee benefits programs.
Served as technical subject matter expert on multiple projects spanning numerous applications, locations and business partners in a heavily regulated environment.
Cut my teeth by working on computing environments spanning nearly 20 years worth of hardware and multiple generations of operating systems including System36, AS400, OpenVMS, mainframe, Windows 3.1 thru 2000.
Hands on work with AS400 systems that required numerous upgrades, migrations, and performance tuning activities over the course of my tenure. The hands on experience I gained as a first year operator working with IBM field technicians has been critical to my success in this field. 
Developed, planned, and participated in multiple Disaster Recovery tests each year to improve the ability of our company to resume business after a disaster. Off-site tests conducted quarterly from various remote IBM and Sungard centers.
Developed and published all AS400 Operations procedures for PFF.

Education/Technical Training



               2009/             2008




Working towards Bachelor of Science - IT Management - Western Governors University 

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Administration I & II.

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 - Administration - Saisoft Training (Certification)

Server 2008 Administration & Infrastructure - Saisoft Training (Certification) 

Hyper-V Planning and Implementation - Saisoft Training (Certification)

Linux System Admin I & II - Saisoft Training (Certification)

Project Management Skills - Intro (Certification)

Information Security - Security + Prep (Certification)

Server 2008 and Server 2008 Virtualization - Microsoft  

V.B. and WSH Scripting Essentials - QuickStart Training (Certification)

iTera HA1 5.0 Administration - Vision Solutions (Certification)              

MIMIX Administration - Lakeview (Certification)                          

AS400 System Administration and Security Administration- IBM (Certification) 

OpenVMS System Administration - Sungard (Certification)  

2002 Chaffey College, CA
Associates Degree - General Education
1996  Chaffey High School, CA


References available upon request.

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A short list of moonlighting projects