Dad | Mercenary | Adventurer | Gardener | Computer Scientist | Cascadian
I'm a freelance consultant living with my three kids in Walla Walla, Washington. I also spend time in Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington on a regular basis.
We ski in the winter, backpack in the summer. I enjoy gardening and cooking. Sometimes I explore pursuits like woodworking and cheesemaking. I'm always up for an adventure.
My professional background covers a range of business domains and technical areas. With me you get CTO level talent with a mind for business and someone who isn't afraid to get very hands-on with technical challenges.
Reach out anytime.
“Jeff and his team are a lot of fun to work with. They helped me turn my vision to build a Minimum Viable Product for an intelligent CRM product for small businesses into something I could show and promote to get UpTyck up and running. Jeff and his team created a simple structure that will enable us to move forward with UpTyck 2.0 in the coming months.”
"Without Mercenary there’s no way I can imagine having launched our product. Jeff engaged me and made sure project-level requirements were on track while creatively providing solutions to issues we couldn’t resolve within our team."
“The Mercenary team has made a significant difference in how we get things done as a company. Their team gave us new insights and improved software development that has already helped accelerate our existing warehouse and order management system.”
“Mercenary are experts in diagnosing application problems and helping customers with architecture for scalability. I’ve known Jeff personally for over 7 years and his team’s attention to performance analysis is unmatched.”
20 Years of Experience
Bachelor of Arts, Computer Science and Business ManagementLuther College, Decorah, Iowa
Undergraduate Thesis: “JavaRMI, CORBA, DCOM: A Comparison.”
International Management Certification.Luther College, Decorah, Iowa
German StudiesWestfälische-Willhelms Universität, Münster, Deutschland
May 2005 - Present
Principal ConsultantMercenary Technologies LLC
Mercenary is a boutique consulting and software development company.
March 2008 - August 2012
Vice-President, Products and DeliveryJ9 Technologies, Inc
• Conducted dozens of high-visibility performance analyses of mission critical software applications. • Acted in a sales engineer and account management role on customer accounts • Created curriculum and lead classroom and virtual training sessions. • Designed, built, and launched CloudRunner, an automated software testing service • Demonstrated expertise in ITSM, APM, and ITIL • Hands-on expertise with HP, CA, Dynatrace, and VMWare operations management tools • Managed a team of 30 consultants spread throughout the US • Consulted with customers in the US, Canada, Germany, and Turkey • Built protocols and integrations for a range of HP products
September 2005 - May 2006
Program ManagerReal Networks
Project management and operational support for a commerce team. Responsible for the commerce features in the Rhapsody subscription music service. Experience included coordinating offshore teams in Japan and India.
August 2004 - September 2005
Lead SDEReal Networks
Development leadership for the Real SuperPass product, a $60 million digital media subscription service. Responsibilities include management of a small development team, architectural oversight, and technical development of the product. Work appeared in conjunction with television program Big Brother 6.
September 2003 - August 2004
Software DeveloperExpeditors International
Maintenance of e.dms, a distribution management system written in Smalltalk
March 2002 - September 2003
Technical Project ManagerGroup Health Cooperative
Coordination of a 40+ person virtual team to develop, test, and release four customer-facing portals under a strict regulatory and market-driven timeline.
March 2001 - March 2002
Application Systems Analyst Programmer IIIGroup Health Cooperative
Design and implementation of a secure messaging and scheduling system that provided a key differentiator in the regional market and was one of the first of its kind in the country.
May 2000 - February 2001
Software EngineerWalt Disney Internet Group
Design and implementation of a content brokering system for news syndication that cut development of new content feeds by weeks and contributed directly to the business goals of the site. Maintained core publishing applications for abcnews.com.
Media and Publishing
Logistics and Distribution
Strategy and Planning
Sales and Marketing
Testing and QA
Continuous Integration / Deployment
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