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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
December 06, 2017

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To whom it may concern,

My name is Kenton Newby and I'm a software engineer from Atlanta, GA. I have 8 years of experience as a software developer, most of that time spent building web apps using Ruby on Rails. I also have experience building applications using various services offered by Amazon AWS including Redshift, DynamoDB, S3, EC2, VPC and Lambda (using Node.js). I have plenty of experience working remotely, while supporting teams ranging from small e-commerce stores, to larger learning management systems, and even a large insurance company. I'm comfortable working as part of an internal development team or in a client-facing capacity, and have experience with both.

Here are a few projects I've worked on that I'm most enthusiastic about: 1. - I was 1 of 2 original contract developers responsible for building the minimum viable product (MVP) version of this online training portal, which is one of the digital products offered by personal finance expert, Dave Ramsey. This is a Ruby on Rails application that includes a learning management system (LMS), engagement tracking functionality and reporting, among other features. Responsible for building the application from inception to ongoing feature additions and bug fixes until they built a permanent, in-house team.

2. Spinach Marketing - This project was for a marketing company that collects usage data from various retail stores to determine which product displays customers interact with the most. They have sensors placed in dozens of retail stores and were aggregating that data manually using a combination of Microsoft Access and Excel. I architected and lead the implementation of a custom web solution that served as an admin interface for managing their deployed hardware as well as an API endpoint for their sensor messages. As sensor messages were received, the app processed that data into a more readily usable format, then pushed that data to Amazon S3 and triggered ingestion of that data from S3 into Amazon Redshift. This saved the clients 4 hours per day compared to their manual process and set them up for successfully scaling from dozens to hundreds of stores moving forward.

3. - This project was a migration of an existing e-commerce store into SpreeCommerce, which is an e-commerce package built using Ruby on Rails. Most of my work on this project involved working with the client to import their existing catalog into a format that matched Spree's data model. The client had thousands of images that could be printed on various garments. I built a system that allowed them to provide us with a CSV of which garments/colors/sizes/etc should be excluded for a given design. Then, the code I wrote would create the necessary products / variants in the database and also overlay those designs on top of a blank image of the garment, in order to create an image that could be displayed on the site for each item. This saved the client weeks of time and avoided them having to do manually create each image and add each product to the new store.

4. Insurance Company - The client for this project is confidential as they had me sign an NDA, but they are a well-known insurance company that you've certainly heard of. My work on this project involved being part of a team responsible for updating an existing ETL system that combines claim information with data from a variety of other sources. This information is aggregated into a proprietary tool for purposes of helping the client identify possible instances of insurance fraud or other unusual activity that needs to be brought to the attention of an investigator for further review. In addition to the legacy ETL system, I also did development work on an upgraded ETL tool that would offer greater flexibility and be easier to maintain. Looking forward to speaking with you soon,

Kenton Newby


Kenton Newby

Atlanta, GA, United States


An experienced software developer focused on producing clean, well tested code in an agile environment. Most experienced with Ruby on Rails web development but able to pick up other languages / frameworks as needed. Uses Test Driven Design to yield code adherent to Object Oriented Design principles. Also an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Certified Solutions Architect with experience using various AWS services including Lambda, Redshift and CloudFormation as well as core AWS Services such as EC2, IAM, S3, and VPC. Seeking opportunities to build customer-facing applications, business intelligence applications, or cloud architecture solutions leveraging Amazon Web Services.

Technical Skills Likes:

ruby javascript nginx git amazon-redshift amazon-quicksight amazon-s3 node.js express reactjs amazon- cloudformation

Dislikes: java c# .net svn c++ mercurial


Founder / Software Engineer – Mix Digital Media, LLC Mar 2013 Current ruby, ruby-on-rails, javascript, git, linux, rspec, capybara, jquery, amazon-redshift, amazon-s3, solr, sunspot-solr Founder and senior developer, working with small businesses to develop custom software solutions to help systemize & grow their business.

Primary clients / projects include:

Boomer Digital, LLC

As part of the team at Boomer Digital, LLC, provides ongoing development and client interaction for 2-3 different clients. Most recent work includes being lead developer on a custom application built to ETL messages sent from various sensors and import that data along with other relevant data into Amazon Redshift. This replaces client's existing, manual process using Microsoft Access with a more scalable, automated solution. Other recent work involved tasks related to improving search relevance using Apache Solr for a high-traffic e-commerce application with millions of products. Other responsibilities include implementing the typical new features, bug fixes and ongoing maintenance typical with most web applications. Noragh Analytics, LLC

As part of Noragh's 5-person development team, responsible for implementing new features and bug fixes as part of a custom ETL framework written primarily in Ruby. Responsible for implementing custom code to handle various stages of the ETL process, including collection from various source, saving documents or individual rows to MongoDB, and formatting / loading that data into various endpoints. Ramsey Solutions, Inc / The Lampo Group, Inc

One of 2 original contract developers responsible for building minimum viable product (MVP) version of an online training portal ( that is one of the digital products offered by personal finance expert, Dave Ramsey. This is a Ruby on Rails application that includes a learning management system (LMS), engagement tracking functionality and reporting, among other features. Responsible for building the application from inception to ongoing feature additions and bug fixes.

Senior Ruby on Rails Software Engineer (contractor) – Incomm, Inc Aug 2013 Jul 2014 ruby, ruby-on-rails, javascript, linux, rspec, git, capybara Senior software developer supporting, an Incomm, Inc property providing open virtual currency sold by major retailers and typically exchanged in online video games or for other digital content. Responsible for developing new features in support of product rebranding. Performed aggressive refactoring of legacy code base to improve maintainability. Provided technical leadership and mentorship to junior developers. Software Engineer (contractor) – Railsdog, LLC Mar 2013 Aug 2013 ruby, ruby-on-rails, javascript, solr, linux, rspec, git, capybara, spree Working a contract position with Railsdog supporting their work for a high-traffic, high-revenue ecommerce website in the retail clothing space.

Responsible for fixing issues related so Solr search to ensure accurate search results, integrating Solr into the backend admin interface to enable searches against the large number of products in inventory (queries directly agains the database proved to be too slow and crashed).

Also responsible for several bug fixes and implementing new features. The most critical feature implemented was a re- engineering of the process used for returning products, which included implementing logic to handle complex return scenarios such as orders paid via multiple payment methods and how those orders should be refunded. Ruby on Rails Software Engineer – Mar 2012 Mar 2013 ruby, git, ruby-on-rails, dhtmlx, javascript, jquery, testunit Key member of 14-person engineering team responsible for developing new features for high volume ecommerce platform, implementing bug fixes and shepherding legacy Rails 2.3/Ruby 1.8.7 app through upgrade to current versions of Ruby/Rails. Software Engineer (Ruby / Ruby on Rails) – LMN Solutions Mar 2011 Mar 2012 ruby, ruby-on-rails, linux, postgresql, cucumber, rspec Responsible for designing multiple web applications using standard Ruby on Rails conventions. Developed application code using Behavior-Driven / Test-Driven Development with Cucumber and RSpec testing frameworks. Used technical and problem- solving skills to deliver creative solutions.

Consultant – Booz Allen Hamilton Jun 2009 Mar 2011 non-technical

High-performing operations planner supporting a US government client, charged with implementing operational plans and providing recommendations to senior-level military and government leadership. Systems Engineer / Project Manager – Altimax Solutions, LLC Jan 2008 Jun 2009 ruby-on-rails

Performed analysis and research related to DoD spectrum management issues and technologies. Provided technical writing for Joint Spectrum Center modeling and simulation program. Served as Project Manager for semi-annual, senior-level technology workshop- charged with managing all planning, scheduling, setup, and budgeting for this 120 person event. Captain – United States Air Force May 1999 Jul 2007 ms-access

Received several promotions throughout time in service while assigned as an Analyst, Operations Planner, and Network Security Team Lead. Directed a team of analysts supporting acquisition, test, and technology programs. Managed key aspect of operational planning efforts within the Korean theater. Education

M.S. Computer Science – Loyola University Maryland 2010 2012 ruby-on-rails, objective-c, java, sql, oracle, html, css, javascript, algorithm I was able to maintain a 3.9 GPA while attending school and while also working full-time. I was also able to use what I learned in this program and on my own in order to change careers to become a web developer. B.S. Electrical Engineering – University of Florida 1994 1999 c, cobol, c++, matlab

Awarded Air Force ROTC scholarship. Commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force upon graduation. Projects & Interests

Stack Overflow – May 2011 Current Written 6 answers. Active in ruby-on-rails.


Practical Object-Oriented Design in Ruby: An Agile Primer (Addison-Wesley Professional Ruby Series) – Sandi Metz

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