Wesley Yates
212 Neely Crossing Lane ~ Simpsonville, SC 29680
Home: 864-335-8069 Cell: 864-915-2911

Qualifications Summary
Systems Administrator / Engineer ~ Network Administrator / Engineer ~ Product Manager ~
Windows / Linux / Unix / Mac
MCP ID: 2895687

Resourceful, innovative, and highly personable senior network and systems administrator / engineer with 15+ years experience solving moderate to complex business problems by using technology proven to improve company productivity. Background spanning network and server services, installation, configuration, and administration; and database and software development, including web-based applications. Proven ability to substantially increase efficiency by developing programs to automate repeated tasks and enable remote installation / administration. Demonstrated track record of building and maintaining systems with minimal down-time. Demonstrated success in working with major end users to define needs and enhance / maintain both departmental and enterprise-level systems. Windows, 8 years; Unix / Linux, 7 years; Macintosh, 15 years, networking, 9 years. Quick learner and problem solver. Able to quickly build relationships with both technical / non-technical professionals. Experienced trainer and public speaker. Willing to travel or relocate.

Technical Experience

SQL, PHP, HTML, ActionScripting, Shell Scripts: BASH, sh, csh, Perl

MS Office, OpenOffice suites, Quark XPress, Adobe Illustrator, Macromedia Freehand, Adobe PageMaker, Adobe Photoshop, CreoScitex PSRIP, DuPont Waterproof software

Windows 2000 Server, Linux servers, SuSE, Firewalls, *BSD, BeOS, SGI IRIX, SCO Unixware, Solaris 2 & 8i; Generic PC (whitebox), IBM HP/Compaq rack servers, RAIDs, Routers / switches;
build, configure, upgrade, troubleshoot, and repair software, hardware, and peripherals

Windows (95/98/ME/NT/2000/2000 Server/2003), Unix, Linux, Mac OS (8-X), Cisco IOS

Access, MySQL, Postgresql, FirebirdDB

LAN / WAN, Ethernet, DNS, FTP, TCP/IP, DHCP, LDAP, POP, SMTP, SSH, HTTP/HTTPS, SMB (Samba), AppleTalk, WINS, Cisco Routing (IOS), VPN, Networking (physical / logical)

Active Directory, AppleTalk, Samba, Apache web, anything Open Source, network-related diagnostics tools including ethereal and NMAP

Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA)
Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)
Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA)
Certified Cisco Network Associate (CCNA)

Career Accomplishments

Increased speed of targeted software installation 20% by writing innovative shell scripts to expedite.
Increased speed of problem identification 30% and significantly enhanced server data collection with additional shell scripts.
Enabled company’s 1st remote installation by planning and managing process using CD-based installs (kickstart); most recent server install has zero issues / zero downtime in 1st 57 days.
Slashed archive management work hours 90+% (two-plus hours to ten minutes) by scripting CSH automation.
Cut product delivery time 50% and increased speed of job data collection by designing web application enabled customers to remotely load files onto company server.
Completely upgraded and redesigned network infrastructure for previous employers
Designed and developed web and Flash user interfaces to control complex technology products.
Integrated Windows NT 3.55 and SGI Unix servers into mixed production environment, enabling optimal file sharing, archiving, retrieval, and resource management

Professional Experience

COMPUTER SOFTWARE INNOVATIONS (CSI), Easley, SC. September 2002 – Present

Lead Macintosh Engineer / Product Engineer
Hired as Lead Macintosh Engineer for major technology integrator and value-added reseller (VAR).
Based on performance, responsibilities quickly expanded to include software development for Linux and technology product development.

COMPUTER SOFTWARE INNOVATIONS, Lead Macintosh Engineer / Product Engineer, continued

Played key role on deployment team that imaged and installed 510 HP Evo 500 series Tower computers across network of 143 schools.
Developed sophisticated web-based applications using Linux / Apache web server, PHP, MySQL, OpenSSL (LAMPS).
Selected as sole developer for future product called U-Demand – on-demand digital content delivery system enabling digitally encoded video broadcasts and multicasts to individual set-top boxes; used PostgreSQL database, PHP, and Apache web server and upgraded interface in Flash (where I learned extensive ActionScripting).

DIVR Surveillance System Product Specialist
Project-manage complete customer / product life cycle from pre- to post-sales: demonstrate system, install, configure, train, support, and lead deployment teams for schools of 300+ students.
Lead customization and implementation of DIVR IP-based video surveillance systems running on Red Hat Enterprise Advanced Server 4 or Fedora Core 1.
Program systems to gather video data (streaming MPEG) for 10-80 cameras; develop and use tools (using ssh, VPN, VNC, browser) to remotely administer all units and diagnose performance issues.
Install Linux-based firewall / email servers for schools throughout South Carolina; run periodic systems and server checks by ssh and web interface to proactively identify / resolve potential issues.

ARTS ENGRAVING CO., INC. Charlotte, NC. October 1999 – April 2002

Plant Manager / IT Manager
Promoted to manage all aspects of day-to-day plant operations for high-volume / high-tech engraving company; planned and managed annual budget, P&L, and staff of 25.
Maintained all technology-related equipment (servers, imaging equipment, printers, networks, computers, connectivity) as well as developing new technologies.
Implemented self-hosted Red Hat 6 web server / site that enabled remote online file trading and customer communication; used MySQL database, web interface, PHP, Perl, AppleTalk and Windows file server.

Systems Administrator
Re-cabled network and added new network equipment that allowed for faster data transfer.
Revamped nightly backup to for inclusion of more sources and easier maintenance.
Worked in multi-platform environment including Macintosh, Red Hat Linux 6, Windows NT 4 RIP, with SGI IRIX Indy print spooler, SUN Solaris RIP feeding Dupont Digital Waterproofer, and Macintosh OS X file server with 36GB SCSI RAID-5 that fed Macintosh workstations.

BELK PRINTING TECHNOLOGIES, Charlotte, NC. October 1994 – December 1999

Electronic Prepress Systems Coordinator
Managed all digital imaging equipment and re-engineered work processes to facilitate better workflow.
Implemented numerous new software and hardware initiatives for multi-platform Windows and Mac system, including operating systems, file servers, RAIDs, imaging / print / file serving system, tape drives, and other specialized technology solutions.
Wrote scripts in Perl and CSH that substantially reduced post-backup maintenance.
Selected to set up Red Hat 5 web server and web-based applications and marketing.

Early Experience Includes:
Digital Production, Digital Prepress Team Leader, Digital Department Manager, Digital Prepress Specialist, Designer, Art Director

Education & Associations

MICROSOFT, Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA), Certified Cisco Network Associate (CCNA)

CHARLUG, Vice President, 1998-2004
UCLUG, Member, 2004-Current