You may not know me. But once you do, you'll never forget me.
I have an extensive history in technology that dates back to the early 90's. Unix has been my primary home OS since then, though I've worked heavily in mixed Unix and Microsoft environments. I am a capable engineer and have
proven my successful abilities as a network, systems, software and VoIP engineer.
Having so much experience in such a widely diversified stack of technologies, I've developed an extremely strategic and effective approach to solving real business challenges through the use of technology.
I'm not known for accepting the status quo, I never give a reason something can't be done without giving a good alternative that meets or exceeds the original ask and I don't typically make the same mistake twice unless it was on purpose the first time..
I don't need to be managed.
I have the time, the drive
and the experience.
I get things done and I do them well.
The end result is that I've become a critical asset with every organization I've worked for.
It's not just a buzz word in my portfolio. I'm constantly the "go to" guy for a reason.
I've traveled the globe and conducted business in many countries, which has helped me to gain diversified knowledge and skills.
Leadership isn't telling people what to do. That's dictatorship, and it doesn't build effective and cooperative teams.
I'm all about cool technology, but I'm more about enabling the business through that technology.
My CV is just a brief summarization of the past ~10 years of my work experience.
My career history actually goes further back than this.
But we can talk about the rest at another time.
- Talent Identification, Recruitment, Development and Retention
- Tactical and Strategic Planning and Execution
- Strong Vendor Management Skills
- Strong Written and Verbal Communication
- Unix/Linux Operating Systems - Kernel Level Knowledge
- Architectural Knowledge - Chip Level (HW)
- Programming - Multiple Languages
- Networking - Vendor Agnostic
- Protocol Development and Analysis
- Performance Optimization and Bottleneck Identification
- Highly Scalable Distributed Systems Architecture
- Low-Latency High Throughput Implementations
My Secret To Success...
What makes me unique from others
is that I take ownership and I take my work very personal.
The business I work for succeeding is a guarantee of my success, and hence I think like an owner.
Scope and Plan
Requirements, objectives and coordination.
Before starting anything, I build a proper plan with a clearly defined goal, outlined scope of work and strategic milestones.
This requires strong communication skills to translate the needs to a solution, and even stronger collaborative skills to plan appropriately with a team.
Build and Test
Testing doesn't stop at "it works."
The test cycle for me involves not only ensuring the functionality is as intended, but also using it and thinking to myself, "What else might I want?"
Additionally, I want to break the product before I call it done. I don't want it to just work as intended when used as intended. I want bullet proof.
Rolling back is not an option.
By the time I hand off, the solution should have been tested to the point that we've broken it, fixed it, broken it again and know its limitations.
When I deploy something in to production, I expect fully that it will be one shot, one kill, and we won't need to chase the deer through the woods to shoot it again.
Complete with Testimonials
This isn't one of those annoyng list of bubble popup quotes with stock photos and smiling faces.
These are real words from real people. Feel free to reach out to them. I've asked their permission.
Director, Custom-Facing Systems
I’ve known Jonathan for more than 12 years now and can’t say enough about his talents. He masters everything that he puts his mind to. It is rare to find a technology professional that is proficient in every aspect of the business and every layer of the OSI Model. I have worked in Telecommunications and Information Technology for over 30 years and have not come across any other comparable individuals. I would highly recommend him for a strategic and rewarding position.
Mark E. Souhlas, Director - Custom-Facing Systems, Uniti Fiber
Scroggin Networks, CEO
Bayou Internet, Founder/Former CEO
I first met Jonathan during the acquisition and merger of Bayou Internet with Hunt Telecom, which is now part of Uniti Fiber. Jonathan was the primary point of contact for the infrastructure merging and integration. He came off as extremely knowledegable and professional, and was immediately on the ground running. After seeing him in action, I can comfortably say I've not worked with a more talented and capable invidividual in my 19 years of owning Bayou Internet.
He has gained a lot of notoriety anywhere he has gone as his work is exceptional. Value is placed in experience, accomplishment and what can be brought to the table, and Jonathan falls short in none of these areas.
He's well-rounded, a damn good problem solver and simply put: very worth the time to know. Important to understand is that he will generally find problems many others cannot because he thinks strongly outside of the box. This with his tendency to be extremely honest and factual when raising technical topics can sometimes be misconceived as abrasive. Once you know and understand him, you realize he's purely about doing what is right.
Marullo Properties, President
American Bank & Trust, Board Member
LA Housing Corporation, Board Member
I've known Jonathan for a little over ten years, and there are no words I can use to describe his capabilities. I don't think there's any challenge he can't handle, be it technical or otherwise.
Vice President, Secure Environment
There's not so many talented people with so diverse expertise like Jon.
I could go on and on listing the various themes of Jon's expertise we've worked on together, but it's more important to note that when something grabs Jon's attention he can be so focused that there's barely any theme of IT or Engineering that he wouldn't be able to develop an understanding of during the course of his analysis while either digging to root of a problem and/or developing his proposal for a solution.
Having access to this unique capability of Jon is a real privilege that I also included into my consideration when I returned to the company we worked together before, but it also implies that Jon needs to be kept occupied with genuine challenges of the highest complexity, and once he delivered his proposal his words are better to be taken or an acceptable counter reasoning provided on why his proposal couldn't be applied as recurring problems originating from the same root cause that he already uncovered are the worst toxins that can disengage his interest.
Although people who aren't paying enough attention to the details may see Jon as stubborn, but according to my experience his technical analyses have an exceptionally high rate of being correct, and when not, then it takes another person on the same high level of expertise on all of the themes involved to prove him wrong.
This makes him a real advantage on your side and a real challenge if he's on the opposite side.
While working with such a uniquely talented person is never as easy as working with an average employe, I can tell it does definitely worth it if you're in the position to solve things.
So, if you want to work with Jon, then make the question for yourself : Are you in the position to leverage a genius and maintain his interest ? If you're not in the position to leverage his expertise but still want him, then be prepared for finding other means of keeping him engaged.