LaVid Technologies Jul 2016 - PresentEmbarked as a co-founder on a microfinance lending startup, with the intention of ending predatory lending.
The sole in-house technologist, have written and hosted from-scratch numerous microservices, sites, tools, and a complex Ionic hybrid mobile app.
Use custom ML tooling to algorithmically discover "credit opportunities" within a pool of app users who self-collect data on their movements and activities, and submit them anonymously.
The LaVid ecosystem attempts to allow the chronically under-banked to collect alternate lending criteria on themselves, build a cryptographically secure/fraud-resistant credit profile on themselves, and seek financial services on the strength of alternative lending criteria such as utility bills, rent payments, and activity within the community.
Little Caesars Pizza Mar 2020 - Jun 2020On an alarmingly short timeline, I was asked to build a completely PaaS machine learning pipeline to forecast sales, hourly, for the Little Caesar's "Hot n Ready" product as one of a team of three.
I handled all data gathering, aggregation, and prepared a concise and curated ML feed for historical weather, forecast weather, sporting events, POS sales, and other items in order to predict pizza sales per hour.
An enjoyable fire drill, I created the ML support functions, the CI/CD pipelines, and stood up the Azure Timed Functions needed to reliably send predictions to each store via Kafka.
Project was co-sponsored by Microsoft to showcase Azure to their client, Ilitch Holdings, who own Little Caesars and other companies. To support their effort, I also prepared detailed architecture documents, presentation materials, and a detailed DevOps "binder" for management of the system.
Rampfee.me Nov 2019 - Mar 2020A personal project to learn something "better than Ionic" for hybrid mobile apps. Wrote a web and mobile-based crowdsourcing platform from scratch to track airport fees and fee abuses. NodeJS and PostgreSQL formed the backend API and database.
Initially integrated with Stripe as a membership-only project; Later opened it to the public with subscription-based mobile apps.
Leveraged both Google and Apple in-app payment schemes, plus rewards for camera-based data collection by our customers.
Baker's School of Aeronautics Nov 2019Completed the FAA's 2,400 hour training program and achieved my Airframe and Powerplant Certificate after a grueling all-day checkride in Nashville, TN.
Palmetto Solar Apr 2019 - Nov 2019I was invited to join a team of 5 developers to convert a legacy/POC project from PHP on PostgreSQL into a more modern RESTful microservice-style API.
I refactored the back-office sales and management portal for a 300-staff Solar installation company.
I incorporated third-party data from Genability to provide accurate energy costs/savings predictions and sales support materials.
Udemy Apr 2019Took the Udemy "Deep Learning with TensorFlow 2.0" course.
GlobalCare Analytics Jan 2019 - Apr 2019I was invited to work on the GlobalCare Analytics engine using Jupyter Notebook.
I ingested millions of patient records in 835/837 format, prepared them for analysis, and then sought to discover predictable insights and risk factors previously unknown to hospital administration.
I used Elasticsearch and Kibana to provide visualizations and business intelligence to administrators.
I maintained the utmost care and consideration for HIPAA-protected patient data, and ensured sanitization of PII and data streams at all times.
Ameriflight Jun 2018 - Dec 2018I earned the title of Beech 99 Airliner Captain, piloting cargo for Ameriflight out of Portland International Airport.
Responsible for feeder operations for UPS Air deliveries throughout Washington, Idaho, and Oregon, plus return of freight outbound to UPS hubs nationwide.
Maintained safe and legal operations at all times within FAA Part 135 Rules. Flew single-pilot on significant IFR, mountainous terrain, and high gross weight missions without incident.
Expensify Feb 2018 - Jun 2018I was hired to join the Expensify team, in support of their mobile app product. My goal was to make the "10X" project a success, as we had a few months prior to Expensify's first major Advertising blitz, a Superbowl commercial with artist 2Chainz and a massive promotion of giveaways.
Expensify operated on a "flat" management structure, my first time working within such a thing. Engineers were encouraged to "travel" up and down the software stack, something which delighted me. I was able to work on clustered databases using SQLite and C++, both mobile app codebases, ReactJS/JSX, PHP, and myriad custom in-house tools.
Delivered high-quality peer-reviewed code under a rapid CI/CD system with multiple swim lanes and A/B testing.
Coded custom scripts for in-house DevOps, deployment, monitoring, and colocation tooling.
Overlanding the World Jul 2016 - Jan 2018A "working mid-life crisis", I sold all of my possessions in Los Angeles, purchased a homely Subaru Outback, outfitted it with significant gear, and toured 46 countries, 5 continents, and did 85,000 often difficult miles, in search of a new place to settle down for Life, chapter two.
Highlights include Chernobyl, Oktoberfest in Munich, Morocco to Cape Town via Guinea-Conakry and the West Coast, the Aurora Borealis in Iceland, and of course, The "Hobbiton Feast" in New Zealand.
Stayed surprisingly well-connected using a motley assortment of 3 phones, one laptop, one satellite tracker/phone, and literally dozens of SIM cards.
Managed to do all of this without writing an odious blog or self-important book on the subject.
Sony PlayStation Jun 2015 - Jul 2016Hired into the Sony PlayStation Vue group to provide Video On-Demand as a competitor to Netflix and AppleTV.
Worked on tooling for Geolocation using MaxMind data, authentication using J2EE and Oracle, and coded a ReactJS proof of concept to port an aging UI framework to modern web standards.
Pala Interactive Dec 2012 - Jun 2015I was hired to build out UI and tooling in anticipation of online poker legalization in California (Wright, AB 1463)
Joined a team to build online multiplayer poker using a C-based legacy engine from the defunct Full Tilt Poker online casino, which was ruled unlawful.
Built performant real-time gaming using WebSockets RFC 6455 and fallback protocols to support older browsers, devices, or slow internet connections.
Waypoint Aviation Maintenance Jan 2010 - Oct 2015I built, from scratch, a profitable Aviation Maintenance company, specializing in Beechcraft light aircraft such as the Bonanza, Baron, King Air, and Musketeer trainer line.
Appointed to be the very first "ABS Center of Excellence" by the American Bonanza Society
Blended tech and aviation by creating unheard-of customer service tools, tracking, and squawk ticketing systems.
Cornerstone On-Demand Jul 2012 - Dec 2012I was hired to develop CSOD's video on demand mobile app and bring it to standards compliance.
Supported myriad device types using Apache Cordova and HTML5 Web Standards.
Airline Transport Professionals Feb 2010 - May 2010Sat training for, and completed one of the most difficult FAA checkrides possible, the Flight Instructor rating. Loved it so much, I did it thrice, for Basic CFI, Certified Instrument Instructor ("Look Ma, no eyes!"), and Multi-Engine Instructor.
Trailer Park Feb 2012 - Aug 2012I was hired at a busy Los Angeles movie/entertainment agency to develop mobile apps to support their client advertising, launches, and events.
Sole developer who wrote the NCAA March Madness bracket app for CBS Sports, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles "Turtles vs Foot" mobile app for Long Beach Comic Con.
Fly Corona! Jun 2005 - Sep 2012Everyone with an entrepreneurial bent wants to strike out at some point and try their hand at running a business, or go mad with restlessness. This was mine.
Starting with a modest two aircraft, we grew into a giant Fixed Based Operator at a Los Angeles airport, offering training, fuel, maintenance, pilot supplies, and transient aircraft services. We grew to a staff of 47, with annual revenues in excess of $3.2MM, and running over 10,000 training flight hours per year.
We were named a Cessna "Gold" Pilot Center.
Because I'm me, converted all of the analog systems for scheduling, maintenance tracking, and aircraft dispatch online. Wrote everything in ASP Classic on SQL Server 2008.
Kodak Interactive June 2011 - May 2012I was a member of the Kodak Gallery team, which allowed customers to snap a pic with their mobile device, or even drop a roll of film at their local drugstore, log on online, and order prints or other items.
Worked in an Agile environment using Jira, Greenhopper, Confluence, and Perforce.
Qualcomm Sep 2010 - May 2011I was hired in to build an "App Store" for the BrewMP phone ecosystem, a low-cost phone based on Java.
Wrote all tooling for back-end approval and acceptance of apps; Provided a UI for ratings and reviews, and linked with the CDN for app delivery, changes, or even emergency revocations of apps.
Led a "strike team" of five alongside the BrewMP team of > 50 engineers.
2010 and beyond...
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