Professional Biography

Over 15 years of experience supporting and managing the I.T. needs of Small and Mid Size companies with a focus on Virtualization and Green I.T. Operations. Former Microsoft MVP in Active Directory Design and Integration and Small Business Server. Also received an award from Microsoft as an I.T. Hero for work setting up an entry level I.T. training program for at risk high school youths.

Chris graduated from University of California Davis in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering. He worked his way through college working with different I.T. contract recruiting firms like Robert Half Technology (RHI) and Tek Systems. This contract based project work helped to greatly and quickly expand Chris' technical skill set by giving him the opportunity to work with many different technologies at many different companies. Chris was also awarded Consultant of the Year by his RHI office.

In 2000 Chris started to work for a Microsoft Gold Partner named Technical Consultant Professionals that covered Northern California and Nevada as a Field Engineer. In 2002 Chris brought in a major new client and was made partner and the company changed its name to Technical Consultant Professionals Internet Professionals (TCP-IP Inc.). In 2004 after a failed expansion TCP-IP went out of business and Chris took the opportunity to follow a dream and move to Colorado.

In December Chris was hired by Performance Enhancements Inc (PEI) in Boulder and he moved his family to Evergreen CO from Sacramento CA.

At a virtualization conference 2005 Chris met the founder of Baneki Privacy Computing and took a job at the startup to design and manage the infrastructure that would provide a private cloud based VPN service for Internet users that wanted to secure and encrypt all of their Internet activity. Baneki also expanded into offering cloud based encrypted VoIP pbx service.

Baneki went out of business a few years later and in 2008 Chris was hired by Platte River Networking as a Sr I.T. Consultant. While working for Platte River Networks Chris worked a lot with the Platte River's founding partner Tom Welch. They both shared a vision for maximizing I.T. operations for small and mid sized companies through cloud based virtualization of servers, desktop systems and applications. Chris saw this as the best way to maximize performance and efficiency while reducing capital and operating expenses allowing business to go Green.

In January 2010 Chris and Tom founded Colorado Green I.T. to offer their Green Cloud based solutions. During this time Chris worked with many different virtualization technologies including VMWare vSphere, vCloud Director, vCenter, View/Horizon and Citrix XenServer and XenDesktop to try to perfect their cloud offering.

In June of 2014 Chris and Tom were bought out by a Federal Government VAR to help them expand their professional services operations where Chris still works today.

Since for work Chris spends all his time indoors working on computers, Chris spends as much of his free time outdoors as he can. Chris is active in horse back riding, hiking, camping, any kind of water based activity as well as riding motorcycles.

Awards

Awarded for my work with the Windows NT User Group and my work to bring IT career training to at risk teens.

Microsoft IT Hero / TechEd 2004

Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals are exceptional community leaders who actively share their high-quality, real-world deep technical expertise with the community and with Microsoft.

Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVP) / Active Directory Design and Integration 2003

Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals are exceptional community leaders who actively share their high-quality, real-world deep technical expertise with the community and with Microsoft.

Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) / Windows Small Business Server 2003
Skill Matrix
Windows Server Administration
Windows Desktop Administration
OS X Administration
Exchange Administration
Windows Active Directory Architecture
Virtualization
Cloud Administration
Cloud Architecture
Network Administration
RedHat/CentOS Administration
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Storage Administration

Experience

TSG Director- Confidential, Arvada, Co.

06/2014 - Present

Responsible for planning, directing, and supervising the Information Technology department activities and staff of 8, including LAN/WAN Network, Desktops, Servers, and storage infrastructure for a large government IT VAR. Implemented and maintained effective controls for daily operation of the IT department. Transformed the IT department from an internal support department only, into a full Managed Services Provider to provide an extra level of service for our Federal, State, Local government, Educational and Small Business clients. Reported directly to the Sr VP of Operations and to the COO in his absence.

Partner - Colorado Green IT, Denver, Co.

01/2010 - 06/2014

Founding partner for a Green based SMB IT Managed Services firm focused on bringing green IT practices to the small business space. Responsible for developing and building the managed services practice providing a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities that customers face, knowledge of combining and developing Mobility, Workstation, Server, Network, Storage, Application, and Cloud base solutions, and hands-on experience of driving operational and service excellence. Designed a cloud based package for our customers that included a managed active directory environment, managed hosted virtual desktop and hosted asterisk based VoIP PBX with hardware. Managed a team of 5 engineers and provided tier 3 level support for more complex and complicated customer issues.

IT Consultant - Platte River Networks, Denver, Co.

06/2008 - 12/2009

Design, implement, troubleshoot, analyze and maintain the IT Infrastructure of external customer environments; including network connectivity and utilization, Windows server administration, virtualization, performance tuning, backup and restore. Identifies, researches, and resolves technical problems. Maintain documentation of client networks and systems. Familiar with a variety of the field's concepts, practices, and procedures. Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Performs a variety of complicated tasks, and provide support for escalated trouble tickets.

IT Director - Baneki Privacy Computing Inc, Denver, Co.

06/2005 - 06/2008

Ensured all aspects of daily operations of Baneki run effectively and efficiently. Primary role is to ensure that the strategic and operational objectives. Ensure business growth through directing and managing business operations activities to ensure they were delivered in accordance with the strategic objectives. Setup and designed the production infrastructure of 200 CentOS servers in 5 different data centers around the world for Baneki’s hosted VPN and PBX services. Setup and designed the internal operations infrastructure of 20 Windows servers running Exchange, SQL and other LOB applications. Direct report to for the IT Manager, Customer Support Manager and Development Manager.

Sr. Systems Engineer - Performance Enhancements Inc., Boulder, CO.

01/2005 – 06/2005

Design, implement, troubleshoot, analyze and maintain the IT Infrastructure of external customer environments; including network connectivity and utilization, Windows server administration, virtualization, performance tuning, backup and restore. Identifies, researches, and resolves technical problems. Maintain documentation of client networks and systems. Familiar with a variety of the field's concepts, practices, and procedures. Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Performs a variety of complicated tasks, and provide support for escalated trouble tickets.

Director I.T. Services - TCP-IP Inc. Sacramento CA

04/1999 – 12/2004

Director of IT Consulting Services department for a Microsoft Gold Partner providing services to small, medium size business. Consulted with clients and provided overall strategy and vision for information systems design and development, systems planning, networks, architecture, data processing, data security, and systems support. Managed a department of 10 Systems and Network Engineers providing support to our managed services clients.

Certifications & Education

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Certifications

HP Master ASE - Storage Solutions Architect V1

VMWare Certification

VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP6-DCV)

Comptia Certifications

A+ ~ Network+ ~ Linux+

Apple Certifications

Apple Certified Associate - Mac Integration 10.9 - 10.10 ~ Apple Certified Support Professional 10.9 - 10.10 ~ Apple Certified Technical Coordinator 10.9 - 10.10

Microsoft Certifications

MCSE-S MCSE MCDBA MCSA-S MCSA

2000

University of California Davis

Bachelor Of Science - Computer Science and Engineering

Contact me

Address: 1624 Market St Denver CO 80202

Phone: (303) 578-0587

Email: chris@msithero.com

Contact me

Address: 1624 Market St Denver CO 80202

Phone: (303) 578-0587