I have been working in IT automation and systems management for most of my career, beginning as an operating systems engineer at rPath, the first company to build and manage software appliances. I moved into a Sales Engineering role at rPath, then took a job at Eucalyptus, the open-source, AWS-compatible cloud platform, acquired by HP in 2014.
In 2013, I co-founded Ansible, Inc. and helped grow the business as VP of Services and Support and CTO until its acquisition by Red Hat Software in 2015, for over $100M. I am now providing consulting services for startups, including Anchore Inc., who are solving important security and visibility issues in container images.
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BS, Information Technology Management, 2003
University of Minnesota
Anchore is a container management startup focusing on providing insight and control over the contents of your containers from the start of development all the way to production.
Led technology for Ansible until our acquisition by Red Hat. Ansible broke records for open source contributionand participation in 2014 and 2015, had a footprint in at least half of the Fortune 100 companies, and Tower, Ansible’s commercial offering, had over 500 customers, two and a half years after inception. Ansible, Inc. was acquired by Red Hat Software in October of 2015.
Responsible for the worldwide team for all customer-facing activities at Ansible, Inc., including customer support, professional services, training, and sales engineering.
Provide technical leadership to a worldwide team of sales engineers and solutions architects.
Support all aspects of the technical sale: initial presentation and demo, requirements gathering, proof of concept deployment, and production architecture. Other duties included post-sales support, marketing content generation and maintenance, product marketing and design, and sales demo system administration.
Supported all technical aspects of sales activities, including pre-sale and post-sale customer interactions.
Delivered deep-dive demonstrations and presentations to a wide variety of technical and non-technical pre and post-sales audiences.
Developed proof-of-concept appliances based on customer application code, configuration agent plugins, and supporting tools for the rPath Services team.
Provided consulting and guidance for virtual appliance implementation, conversion, and cloud computing applications to customers.
Lead the architecture and implementation of rPath rBuilder and Update Service products, focused on virtual appliance development and web usability.
Brought rBuilder from conception as a public web service to a marketable product in software appliance form factor.
Developed internal and external applications using PHP, Python/PyGtk, and PostgreSQL in a mixed Windows/Linux environment.
Administrated groups of Red Hat Linux servers; tasks included daily tape backup management, Apache, Samba, and LDAP configuration, and general system administration.
Maintained, customized, and integrated mortgage and finance documents in mixed formats, including PDF and Microsoft Word.
Migrated the enterprise Windows 2000 Primary Domain Controller to Red Hat Linux and Samba.
Provided PC support for sales and processing departments.