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Data Center and Facilities Manager

Atlanta, GA
October 05, 2018

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Allan J. Staunton

973-***-**** Marietta, GA


Professional consultant who has been in this field for over twenty years. Repeated success directing IT projects from inception to execution, strategically allocating resources and delegating tasks to achieve on time, on-budget delivery. Expertly managing technical support operations, diligently troubleshooting issues to identify root causes and prevent recurrence. Process improvement champion with a history of implementing new procedures and technologies to strengthen security posture, enhance operational efficiency, and control costs.


Bryant University

Bachelor of Science, Business Management – 97

ITIL Certification – E&Y

Data Center Design and Construction training - HCL

Commercial Electrical, HVAC and Construction training – State Farm


SERTA SIMMONS 01/2018 – Present

Data Center Consultant

Contracted to manage the large infrastructure projects for this major manufacturing company. By utilizing agile and waterfall methodologies in a heavily matrixed environment successful projects are dependent on extensive knowledge and technical aptitude of the IT environment. Implementing a lean and green process optimization, projects are highly successful and completed ahead of schedule. Extensive cost savings on all current projects.

HOME DEPOT 03/2017 – 01/2018

Data Center Consultant

Contracted to manage the company’s $6 million-dollar data center budget and responsibility for all data center projects and financials for sites in both Georgia and Texas. Projects included Nlyte DCIM upgrades; UPS and Generator refresh projects, cooling system upgrades, network upgrades, Service-now upgrades, shipping-receiving enhancements, and the company wide data center hardware decommissioning effort. Infrastructure focused optimizations to the data center were highly successful.

QTS 05/2015 – 03/2017

Data Center Consultant

Contracted to manage the company wide DCIM infrastructure upgrade project, this role encompassed a multi-million-dollar, long term goal of replacing and securing the Datacenter control systems. Project managing a scope of this scale across the globe with limited resources and tight timelines requires time management and people management skills utilizing Service-now.

MPLSYSTEMS 10/2011 – 4/2015

IT Director

This critical role included; management of the firms Data Center, Infrastructure, IT Sales, Help Desk Supervision, Cable Vendors, and daily operations. Other duties included selling services to new clients, managing large contracts with NY stock market clients such as Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse and The Royal Bank of Canada.

NOMURA FINANCIAL 10/2010-10/2011

Data Center Site Manager

Recruited from HCL to manage Nomuras’ Wall Street financial trading data centers and infrastructure in the NY/NJ area. This role included; starting up the NJ High-Frequency trading centers connected to Nasdaq, NYSE, Savvis, Equinix, negotiating contracts, project managing, new customer on-boarding, purchasing equipment, setting up networking, equipment sourcing, and managing a daily team of five break/fix technicians for each site. Awarded for Zero downtime while managing this department.

HCL 10/2008-10/2010

Data Center Manager

This was a critical role for the firms plan to build their first US based physical data center. This was the flagship of their footprint in this country. With a team of three the design and layout of the new building was created, and construction began. With budget oversight and tight deadlines this project was extremely successful. As the flagship of their US based locations this Data Center was successful in providing a Tier III location that could be built for less than most in the industry.


Data Center Supervisor

This role began as a windows engineer that became a management role to ensure that the aging Data Center was updated and could survive a DR situation. Responsibilities included; managing the data center infrastructure, HVAC, electrical, generators, power distribution, plant maintenance, network, servers, backups, hardware and cable. With a team of engineers this Data Center was efficient and kept a very high uptime rating.

ERNST & YOUNG 4/2001-5/2007

Senior Systems Administrator

Systems engineer responsible for the firms entire 5000+ server and data center farm in Lyndhurst NJ with hands on duties that included; new server installations, operating systems, backups, security, racking & stacking, Lotus Notes Email, network cabling, batch scripting, hardware repair, application troubleshooting and break/fix.

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