About

Christopher G. Machut

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Professional Experience

Owner & Senior Consultant (Present)
Entrepreneur and creative self-motivated leader with significant background in working with rapidly changing technologies while function in advisory, consulting and strategic roles. Specialties include managing and driving business model (SWOT analysis) and use case development including proof of concept and design implementation across multiple executive, engineering, marketing and sales teams. Background in Agile, KPIs, awarded $500k+ in government grants along with multiple commercial RFPs and proposals. Adept at boot-strapping budgets and improving ROI. Passion for integrating complex systems with use of disparate applications and devices. Promotes business/academic partnerships and background in public speaking and presentation development. Continue efforts to grow entrepreneurial passion.

Founder, Owner & CEO (Present)
“Blue ocean” business focusing on research, design and deliver situational awareness platforms  including proximity sensors, cameras, DVRs and remote software systems for industrial, construction and marine equipment from concept to full production. Manage all aspects of technology development, testing, simulation and evolution including requirements definition, systems engineering, system architecture, design and marketing. Define all core engineering and marketing requirements to match business requirements. Published articles in several marine and construction magazines and awarded “Top 10 to Watch 2013” company in Hampton Roads. Familiar with business acquisitions, dealer/distributor relationships and B2B growth. Leverage superior management, marketing, engineering, business development, product and system knowledge to deploy software, hardware and network (IP/LAN/Cellular), operating systems, storage solutions, and applications. Responsible for the strategic direction of all corporate sales and marketing, internal processes, human resources, operations management, engineering and technology development with focus on continual improvement.

Principal Systems Engineer, Virginia (2008)

Spearheaded the development and marketing of a rugged computing platform (C2ISR) for this leading provider of strategic business consulting services and products for industry and government. Managed the development of test plans and thorough evaluation of hardware and software for compatibility with and integration into the platform. Fulfilled a critical role in the provision of sales, marketing, and engineering guidance that directly addressed and resolved issues that threatened to compromise the success of the project. Defined engineering requirements on successive prototype platforms, leveraging superior testing and redesign skills to develop a fully operational solution suitable for deployment.

Storage Support Engineer and Manager, Virginia (2004-2008)

Leveraged superior product knowledge to develop custom storage solutions targeted to each customer’s needs for this leading provider of network storage solutions. Expertly tailored storage strategies incorporating aspects of virtualization and IP-SAN networks, including products from VMware, Virtual Iron, and Xen. Collaborated with customers to compile detailed reports of existing and future storage needs. Demonstrated administrative leadership by managing a team of engineers to quickly identify and address all customer issues and objectives. Provided training, project management, and presentation services to large OEM customers.

Engaged in the active development of Wasabi Storage Builder for IP-SAN, a software iSCSI solution targeted to OEMs using different file systems such as CIFS and NFS.

Developed a complete customer service and technical support infrastructure for Wasabi’s four product lines.

Slashed performance testing and QA cycles from 2 weeks to 3 days by implementing automated routines.

Software Engineer, Virginia (2001-2003)

Fulfilled critical roles as systems analyst, lead project coordinator, and test engineer for a SAIC-based online training system for the United States Army. Served as lead technical liaison for the Human-Machine Interface group at the Automotive Multimedia Interface Collaboration, tasked with the design and implementation of UIML-based demonstrations via multiple interfaces.

Promulgated standards and protocols designed to govern network and computer security, architecture, and intellectual property. Successfully implemented a Windows Exchange 2000 environment with RedHat 7.3 and VPN access to extend functionality to offsite users.

Network Administrator, Blacksburg, Virginia (1999-2001)

Instrumental in maintaining the uninterrupted operation of the network for the research arm of the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department of Virginia Tech. Collaborated with a variety of premier business partners and vendors to provide a continually updated platform of the latest hardware and software. Successfully executed all tasks to convert a Novel 4.11 Token Ring network to an NT Fast Ethernet network while maintaining 100% uptime.

PC/LAN Technician, Norfolk, Virginia (1997-1999)

Leveraged strong analytical skills and problem solving expertise to identify and promptly resolve technical support issues for a user base of 400+ employees of this shipping and transportation company. Provided critical support to a user base of varying technical experience, including addressing issues with hardware, software, and network access.

Technical Proficiencies and Certifications
Certifications

VMware Certified Professional (VCP); Studying for CSEP (Certified Systems Engineering Professional)

Platforms and Protocols

RAID, Firewalls (iptables, Sonicwall), Web Servers (Apache, IIS), Mail Servers (Exchange, sendmail, smptd), Openfiler, FTP, Telnet, iSCSI, NFS, CIFS, HTTP, SSH, DHCP, DNS, TCP/IP, WINS, NAT, VPN, SSH, SNMP, VOIP, PHP, Vicidial, Polycom phones and Asterisk. IP networking and storage experience including NAS and iSCSI. Microsoft Windows, Linux (OpenSuse, CentOS, Fedora, RedHat) and BSD (FreeBSD and NetBSD) environments.

Networking

HA, DRS, Vmotion and IP-SAN networks, virtualization (VMware, Virtual Iron, Xen)

Programming Languages

PHP, HTML, XML, MySQL, Perl, C++, C, Agile, Windows and Linux scripting languages for automated processes.