Thomas Nelson
Oxnard, CA

Key Acomplishments:

  • Built an infrastructure from the ground up for several companies: including connectivity, security, backup, and AWS.
  • Pushed and enabled deployment of 135 desktop computers in 3 weeks, keeping million dollar SAP installation on track.
  • Programmed custom billing program for trucking company streamlining and increasing accuracy of billing
  • Single handed, moved small business IT infrastructure to a COLO environment with large cost savings and increasing reliability
  • Key engineer in migrating 4000+ user Infor ERP system to COLO location

Career Objective:
Director of Information Technology
Long term employment working in teams, with networks, servers and systems. Opportunity to expand skills and knowledge.

Employment History:

03/2016 – Present
Directory of Information Technology
OpenMethods Inc. Oxnard, CA, Kansas City, MO. Build infrastructure from the ground up.  Deployed VMWare cluster, Cisco ASA connectivity, Stacked network switching, Power backup with switch power distribution.   Centralized authentication to Active Directory.  VPN users, Password portal, Office 365 sync, system administration, computer backups all connected to AD.   Setup and configured network monitoring with WhatsUp Gold.    Deployed SSL certificates to all web and VPN connections for added security.  Company has many remote users so I setup Crashplan PROe for remote backup to central NAS.

Created custom lab management system for users to access virtual machines using a check-out system.  System is using PHP-MYSQL interface and is powered by VMWare Powershell API.

Utilizing lab management tools to point to AWS using the AWS api for powershell to deploy applications to the cloud.

Report directly to CTO

06/2011 – 02/2016
Sr. Systems Engineer / Virtualization Specialist
Voice Print International, Oxnard, CA Work with Q & A group on validating software deployments simulating customer virtualized environments. Updating testing lab: adding new server rack infrastructure, building VLAN network to create a flexible infrastructure, deploying VMWare vSphere to create new test servers reducing build times from weeks to hours.

01/2008 –05/2011
Sr. Systems Engineer / Technical Project Manager Lead
PRIDE Industries, Roseville, CA. Maintain primary business systems using key skills listed on the roght. Maintain VMWare and Hyper-V virtualization and Infor LN ERP System. Lead on deployment of Sharepoint Services. Provide tier two support for help desk. Planned and implemented Disk to Disk to Tape backup system. Responsible for 200+ servers supporting 800+ users and 4000+ employees. Manage projects from inception to scheduling labor (internal or consultants), testing, move to production.

12/2002 – Present
IT Contractor
Frank R. Close & Son, Sutter, CA.
Managed the deployment of a new SCO Point of Sale system connecting 7 locations via VPN. Deployed windows server environment, intranet, corporate wiki, system monitoring. Graphics design doing newspaper advertisement, trade show posters. Created public web site. Relocated primary systems to hardened co-location site. Developed custom inventory barcode management system integrating with POS system.

2/1992 – Present
Nelson Computer Consulting.

Wide variety of clients, Law offices, Commercial Fuel Network, Dental offices. Wrote custom billing system for trucking company that was in use for ten years, IT support, Infrastructure improvements.  Supporting companies with 5 to 50 users

9/1999 – 7/2001
Director of Research, Yuba City, CA.

Internet startup company developing custom video training system for distance learning and CD delivery. Oversaw development of patent pending technologies.

10/1989 – 7/1999
Network Administrator
Motion Control Engineering, Rancho Cordova, CA.

Maintained Novell network, Windows servers, GroupWise email, SAP desktop support. Used Autodesk 3D studio to create custom animations for the marketing department for use at trade shows. User administrator, Network Administration, System Backup

4/1987 – 8/1987
Programming Assistant
Honeywell, Phoenix, AZ.

Programming support for fuel control systems group for McDonnell Douglas MD-11 aircraft. Operated testing bench for programs on flight control system.

4/1985 – 8/1985
Programming Assistant
McDonnell Douglas, Long Beach, CA.

Duties Support development of aircraft simulation software for the MD-11 flight system. Programmed data gathering system for flight control system using Fortran 77

CSU, Sacramento Computer Science, Sacramento, CA1985
American River College, General Studies, Sacramento, CA1987
El Camino College, Computer Science, Torrance, CA

Key Skills

  • Virtualization
  • Windows Server
  • VMWare ESX / ESXi
  • HP Blade Centers
  • HP Storage
  • DELL iSCSI storage array
  • Fiber Channel SAN
  • Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Active Directory
  • Domain Policy
  • Visual Basic Scripting
  • Powershell
  • Sharepoint
  • SQL Server
  • Microsoft Clustering
  • VMWare HA
  • Terminal Services
  • AWS / Azure
  • Microsoft Office
  • Office 365
  • Windows 7, 8, 10
  • Exchange
  • GMail Corp (Google Apps)
  • Whats Up Gold Monitoring
  • IP Monitor (Solarwinds)
  • Auto IT Scripting
  • Solar Winds IP Monitor
  • ASP / VB
  • Dreamweaver
  • Cognos BI
  • Infor LN ERP
  • Support Documentation
  • Disaster Recovery Systems
  • CO-Location
  • Networking
  • Cisco Routers
  • Netgear Routers
  • VPN
  • T1 / DSL / Leased Lines
  • Point of Sale infrastructure
  • Security Video Systems
  • Laptop Remote Backup
  • Bartender (barcodes)
  • Graphic Design
  • Microsoft ISA / TMG
  • Lightroom
  • Photoshop