You may not know me. But once you do, you'll never forget me.
I have an extensive history in technology that dates back to the early 90's. Unix has been my primary home OS since then, though I've worked heavily in mixed Unix and Microsoft environments. I am a capable engineer and have
proven my successful abilities as a network, systems, software and VoIP engineer.
Having so much experience in such a widely diversified stack of technologies, I've developed an extremely strategic and effective approach to solving real business challenges through the use of technology.
I'm not known for accepting the status quo, I never give a reason something can't be done without giving a good alternative that meets or exceeds the original ask and I don't typically make the same mistake twice unless it was on purpose the first time..
I don't need to be managed.
I have the time, the drive
and the experience to be a fire and forget missile..
I get sh!@$ done. And I do it well.
I'm not the type to touch it twice, and when I pull the trigger - I go for one shot, one kill.
It's not just a buzz word in my portfolio. I'm constantly the "go to" guy for a reason.
I've traveled the globe and conducted business in many countries, which has helped me to gain diversified knowledge and skills.
Leadership isn't telling people what to do. That's dictatorship, and it doesn't build effective and cooperative teams.
I'm all about cool technology, but I'm more about enabling the business through that technology.
My CV is just a brief summarization of the past ~10 years of my work experience.
My career history actually goes further back than this.
But we can talk about the rest at another time.
- Talent Identification, Recruitment, Development and Retention
- Tactical and Strategic Planning and Execution
- Strong Vendor Management Skills
- Strong Written and Verbal Communication
- Unix/Linux Operating Systems - Kernel Level Knowledge
- Architectural Knowledge - Chip Level (HW)
- Programming - Multiple Languages
- Networking - Vendor Agnostic
- Protocol Development and Analysis
- Performance Optimization and Bottleneck Identification
- Highly Scalable Distributed Systems Architecture
- Low-Latency High Throughput Implementations
Morgan StanleyBudapest, HU
2015 - Current
Infrastructure Engineer, Vice President
I've recently moved to a new role to focus primarily on development of our in-house Linux distribution, thus day to day responsibilities change dependent upon whether I'm working on general availability needs or on a solution focused to a particular BU. Previously I was in Storage Engineering as an SME for HPC storage solutions.
- Lead the team on IBM Spectrum Scale integration to the infrastructure
- Successfully delivered 70GByte/sec @ 940usec/op NFS solution for HPC Grid using IBM Spectrum Scale
- Collaboration on network design for IP storage solutions
- Troubleshooting and analysis of networking related issues
- Linux network stack SME
- Linux performance SME (interrupt moderation, smt, latency optimization, IO performance)
- Development on in-house Linux distribution
- Serve as bridge between operations and engineering teams to prioritize needs
- Analysis of cost benefits for various potential technical solutions
- Internal and external global presentations on performance optimization
- Function in a cross-silo capacity to provide technical expertise to other BU's in the firm
- Awarded global Red Carpet Technology Award, June 2016
2010 - 2016
Consulting business with a heavy focus on engineering projects for ISP's in the Gulf Coast region of the United States. Future South Technologies was the result of a partnership and merger, having started out as New Orleans Information Systems Engineering (NOISE, LLC). We went on to offer hosted VoIP, mail and provisioning systems for ADSL and DOCSIS cable networks. We later began to pickup customers across the United States and outside of the United States in a wide range of industries, including, but not limited to: healthcare, City and State agencies, School Boards and law offices.
Future South Technologies continued operating while I worked for other employers, in-line with employment agreements. Clients included: Jefferson Parish Public School Board, Regional Traffic and Management Center of New Orleans and LA DOTD, Marriot Hotels in New Orleans, several Credit Unions and banks.
- Custom in-house centralized DOCSIS and ADSL provisioning system
- Full infrastructure planning and deployment for several startups
- Hosted VoIP, web, spam filtering and mail solutions
- Consultant for consultants ("flew other companies flags")
- Large-scale network designs (i.e. 52+ locations via private metro-e with VPN backup over GSM via IP SLA)
- Custom VoIP systems with integration to door locks reservation systems using Asterisk
- Integration network and phone system integrations with Hospitality Systems for hotels
- A/V systems for several local bars, clubs and venues
- CCTV systems for several local bars, clubs and venues
- System infrastructure for several clients (Unix, MS, Novell)
2012 - 2013
Technical Consultant, Lead Network and Systems Infrastructure Engineer
Transech is the largest Cisco partner in the state of Louisiana, holding clients such as the New Orleans Saints NFL team, as well as the Hornets Basketball team. They handle a wide array of businesses, including oil industry and ship building corporations.
- Wireless Network Design and Implementation
- Systems Infrastructures and Monitoring Solutions
- In-House Cloud Hosting Solutions
- Infrastructure Virtualization
Covering the day to day for this role becomes difficult, because the company was also working on transitioning to become both an infrastructure hosting provider while also introducing a managed services platform to some of our larger clients.
Integrated Data Systems / Hunt TelecomLouisiana
2010 - 2012
Systems Engineer, Network Engineer, VoIP Engineer
Integrated Data Systems merged with Hunt Telecom, the largest privately owned ISP in the state of Louisiana. Together, the two laid out thousands of nautical miles worth of private fiber infrastructure throughout Louisiana. Hunt Telecom was later acquired by Uniti Fiber, a global public company specializing in fiber infrastructure.
Though IDS/Hunts primary function was an ISP/CLEC, we also did an array of engineering projects for several clients around the Gulf Coast region of the United States, of which I worked on a large majority.
- Responsible for and maintained VoIP implementation connected to Iridium Satellite Phones
- Responsible for several major infrastructure expansions on a large ring network around the City of New Orleans
- Integration of acquired ISP's and networks in to the IDS/Hunt network infrastructure
- DSLAM, CMTS, Metro-E (Hateras and fiber/switching) build out and deployment
- Hosted Exchange solutions
- Cisco VoIP deployments for several customers an clients
- Deployment of new methodologies including QinQ encapsulation, VLAN remapping for ethernet connected client networks to our cores
- Maintenence and design/deployment of Asterisk VoIP systems integrated with Broadsoft IPBX
- Responsible for network buildout of new data centers for capacity and BCP
- Maintained and worked on migrating away from Frame Relay T1 deployments
- Managed iBGP and eBGP routing tables
- Automated billing and ADSL turn up integrations using Platypus billing software
Ultimate Technical SolutionsLouisiana
2010 - 2010
UTSI focused originally on consulting services and projects, but was working towards the direction of becoming a larger centralized MSP.
- Designed and built hosted cloud AD / VPN (ASA 5510) solution which hosted several MSP customers infrastructures
- Designed and built VMWare infrastructure with iSCSI back end for housing customer VM's in cloud solution
- Lead on several projects for long list of clients
- Worked closely with sales as a Sales Engineer for onboarding of new MSP customers
- Brought several clients to the MSP program to jump start the product
- Mentored and trained the NOC department staff on networking and systems infrastructures
- Nicknamed "The Fix-All"
2008 - 2010
Senior Engineer / Consultant
At CommTech, we functioned more like a group of independent consultants acting as a group of consultants. We had a lot of engineers who were outsourced permanently to clients, while I was on the consulting staff in the headquarters. Each of us working in the headquarter office was responsible for maintaining not only our projects, but the customer relationships as well, engaging the Sales Director and his team when needed. Each of us managed every aspect of our clients IT infrastructure and thefirm even managed their budgets, as the staff of CommTech was most often the full IT staff of our clients.
Our clients were distributed through a wide array of industries, including government, global companies, healthcare, law firms, law enforcement agencies and public services facilities.
- Full-Stack consulting services to several clients across multiple industries, both SMB and medium to large enterprises
- Functioned as both a project manager and engineer, managing my projects from start to finish including coordinating with other staff to distribute workload
- A lot of work revolved around network related work, from full-mesh VPN's across larger counts of client sites to IP phone system implementations exceeding 200 phones
- CommTech eventually started an MSP program which we worked towards onboarding appropriate clients and ran day to day administration work on their infrastructures
- Was responsible for planning and implementing BCP, growth demand and deployment of new systems and architectures (VMWare, Microsoft AD, Exchange, Unix mail systems, route/switch etc)
Slidell Memorial HospitalLouisiana
2008 - 2008
Systems Engineer II, Network Engineer, Telephony Engineer
Slidell Memorial Hospital is a community owned hospital in Louisiana. My tenure with the organization was short as I was hired to resolve specific needs which the projects were completed rather quickly. In my time with them, however, the accomplishments were many.
- Handled several HIPAA and PCI compliance audits, and resolution to discrepencies that arose from audits
- Strategically forklifted entire Nortel network to replace with Cisco with zero downtime
- Redesigned entire network infrastructure to remove flat network and introduce broadcast domain (VLAN) segregation
- Planned and coordinated with cabling contractors to introduce more than 400 new network drops throughout the campus, most of which were for new wireless AP's
- Designed and worked in conjunction with outsourced resources to deploy a 300 Access Point WiFi solution with RFID tracking to track tagged assets and provide full blanket coverage of WiFi across the campus
- Designed and wrote an in-house inventory tracking system for all workstations across the various hospital campuses
- Built and deployed a monitoring system to monitor various resources such as disk usage, memory utlization and etc across all servers and workstations
- Implemented in-line filtering system to introduce web filtering controls and download restrictions, as well as in-line malware scanning
- Virtualized more than 95% of the physical server footprint
- Managed resource allocation to the projects taking place and coordinated/assigned tasks approprately to accelerate the projects to completion
- Built replacement VoIP system to phase out legacy Nortel Meridian analogue system
- Routed all traffic between various campuses/buildings through IPSec encrypted tunnels
- Management and maintence of EMC Clarion SAN, introduction of first iSCSI SAN (Dell EqualLogic)
Louisiana & Mississippi
Spire Network Services
2004 - 2008
BCI was one of the largest Cisco Gold and Microsoft Gold partners in the Gulf Coast region of the United States. Their business started off from structured cabling and grew rapidly from there. BCI and Spire Network Services merged together within a relatively short time of me joining the organization.
- Infrastructure planning, deployment and maintencne
- VoIP implementations using Cisco CallManager and Unity
- Maintained and managed hosted web, mail and spam filtering solutions
- Microsoft AD and Exchange server build outs and implementations
- Worked heavily with Solaris SunFire workstations and Linux workstations for Oil companies using ArcGIS
- NetApp deployment and maintence
- Solaris file server build outs and deployments collectively hosting terabytes worth of GIS data
- Tested and certified new products from various vendors prior to sales team selling to customers (i.e. Dell EqualLogic, new versions of CM and Unity etc)
My Secret To Success...
What makes me unique from others
is that I take ownership and I take my work very personal.
The business I work for succeeding is a guarantee of my success, and hence I think like an owner.
Scope and Plan
Requirements, objectives and coordination.
Before starting anything, I build a proper plan with a clearly defined goal, outlined scope of work and strategic milestones.
This requires strong communication skills to translate the needs to a solution, and even stronger collaborative skills to plan appropriately with a team.
Build and Test
Testing doesn't stop at "it works."
The test cycle for me involves not only ensuring the functionality is as intended, but also using it and thinking to myself, "What else might I want?"
Additionally, I want to break the product before I call it done. I don't want it to just work as intended when used as intended. I want bullet proof.
One Shot, One Kill
Rolling back is not an option.
By the time the trigger is pulled, the solution should have been tested to the point that we've broken it, fixed it, broken it again and know its limitations.
When I deploy something in to production, I expect fully that it will be one shot, one kill, and we won't need to chase the deer through the woods to shoot it again.
Complete with Testimonials
This isn't one of those annoyng list of bubble popup quotes with stock photos and smiling faces.
These are real words from real people. Feel free to reach out to them. I've asked their permission.
Director, Custom-Facing Systems
I’ve known Jonathan for more than 12 years now and can’t say enough about his talents. He masters everything that he puts his mind to. It is rare to find a technology professional that is proficient in every aspect of the business and every layer of the OSI Model. I have worked in Telecommunications and Information Technology for over 30 years and have not come across any other comparable individuals. I would highly recommend him for a strategic and rewarding position.
Mark E. Souhlas, Director - Custom-Facing Systems, Uniti Fiber
Scroggin Networks, CEO
Bayou Internet, Founder/Former CEO
I first met Jonathan during the acquisition and merger of Bayou Internet with Hunt Telecom, which is now part of Uniti Fiber. Jonathan was the primary point of contact for the infrastructure merging and integration. He came off as extremely knowledegable and professional, and was immediately on the ground running. After seeing him in action, I can comfortably say I've not worked with a more talented and capable invidividual in my 19 years of owning Bayou Internet.
He has gained a lot of notoriety anywhere he has gone as his work is exceptional. Value is placed in experience, accomplishment and what can be brought to the table, and Jonathan falls short in none of these areas.
He's well-rounded, a damn good problem solver and simply put: very worth the time to know. Important to understand is that he will generally find problems many others cannot because he thinks strongly outside of the box. This with his tendency to be extremely honest and factual when raising technical topics can sometimes be misconceived as abrasive. Once you know and understand him, you realize he's purely about doing what is right.
Marullo Properties, President
American Bank & Trust, Board Member
LA Housing Corporation, Board Member
I've known Jonathan for a little over ten years, and there are no words I can use to describe his capabilities. I don't think there's any challenge he can't handle, be it technical or otherwise.
Vice President, Secure Environment
There's not so many talented people with so diverse expertise like Jon.
I could go on and on listing the various themes of Jon's expertise we've worked on together, but it's more important to note that when something grabs Jon's attention he can be so focused that there's barely any theme of IT or Engineering that he wouldn't be able to develop an understanding of during the course of his analysis while either digging to root of a problem and/or developing his proposal for a solution.
Having access to this unique capability of Jon is a real privilege that I also included into my consideration when I returned to the company we worked together before, but it also implies that Jon needs to be kept occupied with genuine challenges of the highest complexity, and once he delivered his proposal his words are better to be taken or an acceptable counter reasoning provided on why his proposal couldn't be applied as recurring problems originating from the same root cause that he already uncovered are the worst toxins that can disengage his interest.
Although people who aren't paying enough attention to the details may see Jon as stubborn, but according to my experience his technical analyses have an exceptionally high rate of being correct, and when not, then it takes another person on the same high level of expertise on all of the themes involved to prove him wrong.
This makes him a real advantage on your side and a real challenge if he's on the opposite side.
While working with such a uniquely talented person is never as easy as working with an average employe, I can tell it does definitely worth it if you're in the position to solve things.
So, if you want to work with Jon, then make the question for yourself : Are you in the position to leverage a genius and maintain his interest ? If you're not in the position to leverage his expertise but still want him, then be prepared for finding other means of keeping him engaged.