Kirk Rogers – DevOps System Administrator

Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 | kirk (at)

Cover Letter (see resume below)

Here’s a little insight as to what I’m capable of doing, resumes seem to get lost in translation.  Experience, with a bit of personality and professional relationships is where you will find someone like me …

I have many years of experience as a DevOps System EngineerSoftware Development, Database Development and Administration, as well as a Unix System Administrator.  I know what it takes to make excruciatingly difficult and detailed projects come to life.  If you have a web product, an online service (think SaaS related, etc.), even if you’re just thinking of something to build,  I’m the one you’re looking for.  Anyone can throw together an impressive resume, that’s just a quick google cut/paste away, but how many can make this claim:

I solely conceived, developed, and launched my own online email marketing service back in the early 2000’s.  There was a tremendous need for sending bulk commercial and corporate marketing material to clients, and since I was/am an email (MTA) expert, it seemed reasonable to create one from scratch.  It’s brief history is actually a long story, and unfortunately it fizzled out after a few short years.  The ultimate demise of my product was the likes of ConstantContact, whom of course had investors and steamrolled the competition because of it.  I thought at the time to find investors of my own, roll up the sleeves and go to battle.  I had several close friends who offered some of the funding, but at the time I was starting a family and already had my first child with another one on the way.  It seemed too risky at the time with everything else going on in my life so I just let it roll organically.  It did managed to attract several clients, mostly small,  made at one point a few thousand per month just enough to support the cost of the colo facility and equipment. Eventually, business went to the heavy hitting competitors and the plug had to be pulled.

The model I developed was a fully functioning, scalable, self managing online email marketing service.  The base configuration comprised of 4 servers:
server 1 – the web front end (Apache2, mod_perl2 API)
server 2 – the database (MySql – MariaDB)
server 3 – the primary mail server (qmail – customized outbound MTA)
server 4 – bounce processor and image server (good ol Linux and Perl)
The scalability comes with server 3, those qmail servers can be added to the mix as the custom install allows for multi node, multi domain and distribution options based on traffic flow.

I still have it, it lives on a single server in my office and is online, limited of course because I cant have anyone sign up and send 3 million emails … that wouldn’t be good.  I think the signup process and client pages are in fact accessible, it even send out mailers but I believe I have it stop at 10 or 20, something like that anyway.

I haven’t worked on it for some time now,  the front end is a bit rough and is – in my view – still in the prototype phase.  Just recently my son who takes an art class is making use of his newly acquired skills and is adding some fun looking graphics and learning a bit about web pages, templates, etc.  He’s already posted up his first image on the home page which I thought was cool, and he’s making a few others which will soon be added header and several other pages.  Eventually all the images will be replaced with his work,  I’m just letting him run with it.

Prior to that, I worked for TRW (now Northrop) for 15 years as an engineer in the communications department.  I did everything from drafting plans for their underground wiring system, CADCAM design, project management, software development, system administration, etc.  My employment their is an even longer story, very boring looking back, but I took away some great fundamentals which allowed me to go it on my own as an independent IT consultant.

I’m currently working with an online job board called which is yet another extremely complicated system.  I’ve been with this job for over 10 years (since 2006) and it’s been a really great experience.  It had, when I first came on board, over 20+ servers all performing independently and out of sync.  Over the years I’ve managed to consolidate all of that down to just a few larger more robust servers.  Most recently I’ve implemented and deployed the service into the AWS cloud infrastructure taking advantage of the products and services (EC2, RDS, S3, CodeDeploy, CodePipeline) to rapidly and reliably build and deliver the product using DevOps practices, to remove the hardware dependencies.  I done everything with this system … and I mean everything.  I purchase the servers, have them sent to my office, load the OS (Fedora), load the supporting applications, install the custom programs and services, test, then send to our colo facility where it is plugged in and readied for cutover.  I’ve done this so many times that I could almost do it in my sleep.  I write all the code, make all the updates, solve all the problems, everything.  But it’s time to move on, to start a new chapter with someone or some service that needs expertise and experience, my next long term relationship.

I didn’t just fall off the turnip truck, been around for a long time, I know a few things to say the least.  I am not an expert in everything, if someone claims they’re are, I will show you a liar. I am however, fairly clever and can figure out most if not any problem situation, I can certainly read/write code in many flavors, and most if not all other accompanying layers of protocols.



Qualifications Profile

High-performance Senior IT Professional with 30+ years of professional experience in software development, database development, Linux and database administration, AWS Cloud computing, network design and administration, hardware installation, web application development and maintenance, and email distribution systems (MTA, Qmail). 

  • Strong background in developing, implementing and administering LAMP applications and processes (Linux, Apache2/mod_perl2, MySql/MariaDB, Perl, PHP), with HTML template strategies (i.e., Template::Toolkit, etc.)
  • Linux system and network administrator, network design experience, hardware and software design and support as well as hardware installation.
  • Implemented services within AWS cloud environment (EC2, RDS, CD/CI methods), designed administrative support tools and knowledgeable in all major Internet protocols.
  • Expert with design and development of MTA email distribution servers and processes (Qmail).
  • Proficient in planning and executing object-oriented methods as well as stand-alone programs and shell scripts in Unix environments.
  • Thorough understanding and advocate of object-oriented programming.
  • Knowledgeable in SEO strategies and implementation.
  • Ability to use a wide variety of open source technologies and tools.
  • Experience with a wide variety of systems and IT operations.
  • Comfortable with with frequent, incremental code testing and deployment.
  • Strong grasp of automation tools.
  • Data management skills.
  • A strong focus on business outcomes.
  • Comfortable with collaboration, open communication and reaching across functional borders.

Core Competencies

Unix Server Admin Project Management Database Devel/Admin
OO Programming System Architecture AWS Cloud Computing
Web Applications/Servers Network Design End User Training

Technical Background

Platforms: Linux (Fedora, Red Hat), UNIX, Microsoft Workstation & Server
Applications/Protocols: Apache, QMAIL, PowerMTA, DNS, NFS, SSH, SAMBA, CVS, FTP, HTTP, SNMP, Remote Access Servers, RADIUS
Databases: MySql, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle
Web Applications: Dreamweaver, WebSphere, Web Editors

Perl, JavaScript, VBScript, ASP, Java and C++


Professional Experience – CTO / DevOps System Administrator – Manhattan Beach, CA (2006 – Present)

As the CTO and System Administrator, returned a crippled niche market job board site to a fully functioning and successful business. The architecture was comprised of over 2 dozen Unix servers, dozens of applications and protocols, as well as self managing standalone and cron scripts. All aspects of the system architecture and functionality were redesigned and streamlined to produce a more flexible and manageable product, resulting in a job board that is currently the largest and most successful niche employment site on the web.

All servers are connected in a private LAN network as well as available to the public on the appropriate NIC and ports (80, 443, 22, etc). The service included Apache2 web servers (V2.4), Apache::ASP and Apache2/mod_perl2 front end API utilizing modern OO methods, MySQL/MariaDB databases in a master/slave configuration as well as backups, DNS servers configured as primary and secondary (DJBDNS), access servers providing customers with customized XML and Restful API feeds, multiple email servers (MTA) using DJB Qmail in a multi-node, multi-domain, channelized configuration. All servers are protected with firewalls both at the server level with restrictive iptables rules as well as the colo routers firewall (port specific access).

Over the years I’ve managed to consolidate all hardware to just a few larger more robust Sun Microsystems M4 servers, all running Fedora 24 OS. Most recently I’ve pushed the service into the AWS cloud infrastructure using EC2 and RDS instances, developing and implementing strategies for CD/CI using AWS CodeDeploy, CodePipeline and S3. I manage and maintain all aspects of this service, managing AWS frontend technologies, hardware purchasing and upgrades, initializing OS instances, loading all supporting Linux core applications, installing custom application programs and services, testing, sending to the colo facility where it is plugged in and readied for cutover. I write all the code, performing all the updates, troubleshoot all the problems, as well as implementing new concepts, code and techniques along the way.

Key Achievements:

  • Redesigned a multi server architecture from the ground up, installing OS (Redhat and Fedora), network and site specific applications.
  • Streamlined code and applications to perform with minimum server resources maximizing front end performance.
  • Created private administrative front end for complete control of product, including monitoring and display of system critical components, alarm system, billing and notification system.
  • Relocated service into AWS cloud infrastructure utilizing constant development, constant integration methods (CI/CD), managing EC2 and RDS instances.
  • Developed large scale email distribution service (qmail) for client contact requirements.

Independent System Engineer – Manhattan Beach, CA (2003 2006)

Designed, developed and implemented web application services including multi-node clusters requiring networking and system monitoring and maintenance. Solely designed, developed and implemented a large scale e-mail distribution system comprised of a cluster of Linux nodes and under the management of a central data base and management interface. Hosted complete systems, providing development and staging platforms for virtual web hosting, custom Perl/CGI/DBI programming, DNS services, QMAIL and MTA implementations, database design/warehouse, and customized service tools. Manager of code control utilizing CVS application and practices.

Key Achievements:

  • Spearheaded long-term projects including design of on-line web site and web “wizard” for automated marketing and campaign engine.
  • Development and maintenance of complex Apache/mod_perl/Mysql systems for legal (Lawyer) services
  • Design and deployment of complex multi node MTA e-mail distribution system, complete with front end web admin tool and back end management access.
  • Facilitated numerous short-term projects, coordinating hosting companies, customizing program implementations, creating databases, and providing consulting services.

SE, S/W Developer – FairIsaac, Irvine CA (2002)

Charged with designing and administering proprietary EDI application (Claimport), providing on-line web interface for the insurance industry. Directly accountable for entire functionality of application including all development, management, and maintenance of Linux, and version control (CVS). Analyze, define and execute new customer requirements. Coordinate QA procedures and schedules for production code rollout.

Key Achievement:

  • Ensure optimal performance of EDI application, consisting of hundreds of Perl modules and hosted by RH Linux with Apache, by utilizing Informix database backend and client-server application plug-in.

SE, S/W DeveloperNebula Software, Pasadena, CA 2001

Developed, configured, and installed automated registration process in a large Apache/Mod_Perl, Oracle, and MYSQL database. Worked in a Linux environment utilizing, standard Perl packages and custom Perl object-oriented modules. Integrated HTML templates as well as designed new Perl packages and object modules to fit into existing Apache/Mod_Perl architecture.

Key Achievement:

  • Built several large script/program files and packages to extract, manipulate, and insert data into a large RDBMS model from flat text, dbf, and standard formats.

SE, S/W Developer – Rotor Inc., Hollywood, CA 2000

Directed, guided and coordinated activities of developers and QA technicians, leading several projects in Unix environments. Rendered DBA backup and support services including complete implementation of data restructure in Oracle. Assisted developers with troubleshooting and fine-tuning, engaging in data extraction, manipulation, and storage of live real-time log files.

Key Achievements:

  • Planned and executed several Perl software solutions for distributed interactive systems.
  • Created backend applications including Perl, Java scripting, Oracle, and web front-end interfaces.
  • Developed a platform for system testing which included a web interface, interactive system control, client server port communication, and historical data mapping.

System EngineerTRW, Redondo Beach, CA 1985 1999

Fully responsible for all hardware and software design, testing, troubleshooting and user support for private remote access system. Configured and installed hardware, including multiple network access servers, routers and all LAN-related equipment. Developed software solutions for customized front-end/back-office web interface. Facilitated custom web interface providing tools for customers and administration. Analyzed and reviewed network activities including various protocol for distributed and point-to-point technologies. Provided support to nearly 4,000 clients.

Key Achievement:

  • Demonstrated expertise in management of software systems including Microsoft’s architecture, ODBC, SQL, Oracle, RADIUS, ASP, Perl, CGI, SNMP, and 3rd party vendor products.

Education / Training

B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering California State University Long Beach, California


  • MCSE Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
  • Oracle RDBMS
  • Java

Additional: Security Clearance and EBI Secret Clearance (Issued Nov. 1995)