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Sr IT Technical Director

Georgia, United States
January 09, 2017

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Jonathan F. Van Avery

**** ****** ***** ***

770-***-**** (cell) Sugar Hill, Georgia 30518



Technology & Business Solutions

Accomplished IT Executive with extensive professional experience analyzing and solving technical challenges and improving business performance for multiple industries. Expertise lies in managing storage, system and backup operations, planning and engineering teams. Strong Leader guiding highly skilled, cross-functional teams in leading edge technology solutions and processes. Proven ability to oversee technology initiatives and align processes and services with business goals. Detail-oriented and adaptable with exceptional communication, presentation, and coaching skills.


Security and Compliance

IT Operations/Infrastructure

Maximize ROI

Vendor Management

Strategic Planning & Forecasting


System Automation

Backup/Recover - DR

IT Architecture - ITIL

Training & Development

Budget Development & Management

System Integration - Cloud


Turned around underperforming teams. Assessed company performance metrics. Developed programs and procedures to address team needs. Coached, mentored, and reassigned appropriate staff. IMPACT: Increased team performance to meet business goals. Allowed company to cut labor costs.

Created multi-vendor approach for IT hardware. Researched company’s excessive hardware expenditures. Developed an approach to leverage vendors for pricing. IMPACT: Cut IT hardware costs by 30%. Enhanced vendor partnerships to influence product roadmaps.

Led effort to develop next generation network. Recognized need for IP storage services and FCOE network. Opened lines of communication and fostered cooperation among many organizations to ensure network development. IMPACT: Saved 20% on storage costs. Allowed future initiatives to be leveraged.

Led effort to tighten security on all UNIX systems. Authored UNIX Minimum Baseline Security Standards document to allow company increased security on systems. IMPACT: Ensured all UNIX systems were in compliance with SOX. Reduced the risk of exposure to law suits and government action for not complying.

Designed a new data center. Assessed existing data facility and expansion limits. Recognized problem to add new customers. Led the planning and design efforts to build new facility. IMPACT: Doubled customer base with new data center and moved to cloud environments


HP, IBM, Oracle/Sun, Dell, EMC, NetApp, Hitachi, Cisco, Foundry, Brocade, F5, Silver Peak, Radware, VMware, Backup/Recovery/DR, SAN/LAN/WAN, Server/Storage/Network Technologies, Cloud-AWS, Virtualization, Encryption, Hosting Services, De-duplication, Engineered Solutions, Load Balancers, ERP/WMS, DW/BI, DBA (Oracle/MS SQL/MySQL)


Executive MBA (AT&T Executive MBA Program) – Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA

Delta Epsilon Iota Honor Society, Gold Key Honor Society


Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering – Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

Dean’s List, Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering Honor Society

Jonathan F. Van Avery

770-***-**** (cell)


AT&T (Cingular Wireless), Atlanta, GA 2003 – Present

Sr. Technical Director

Designed/implemented/operating next generation Data Center (500K sq ft)

Owned IT architecture/operations teams for Business, Network and Corporate Solutions (BNCS)

Built new Digital Experience Technology (DET) performance architecture operations group

Owns UNIX to Linux cloud virtualization, single sign-on and VDI efforts for all of BNCS and DET

Ran storage, server, DB and backup ops/architecture teams (DevOps) including international

Designed and championed the acceptance of the new IP storage services networks.

Standardized IP storage solution saving AT&T millions of dollars.

Served as SME and Project Management for large scale infrastructure projects.

Standardized monitoring and alerting across the 18 class A data centers

Managed all storage, server, DB and backup vendors and negotiated contracts.

Developed crucial partnerships with vendors to reduce expenses and speeded up implementation

Established SLAs and Patterns to standardize ITO and improve performance of manage services.

Built relationships between uncooperative organizations.

Standardized the design process cutting design time and churn by more than 20%.

Authored the UNIX minimum baseline security standards (MBS), included data security.

Led effort to bring all UNIX systems in to Sarbanes-Oxley and PCI compliance.

Owned all back office systems (ERP, DW/BI, Financials, Supply Chain)

Completed application integration and rationalization for 3 major mergers.

Served as Plan Steward for organizations Business Contingency Planning - Disaster Recovery.

Served as Subject Matter Expert (SME) in Server, SAN, DB, Network, Backup and Storage areas.

Developed multi-vendor approach which increased ROI for IT hardware.

Owned budgets for various groups overseen

NETAPP, Research Triangle Park, NC 2003

Product Development Engineer (Contractor)

LOCKHEED MARTIN, Marietta, GA 2001 – 2003

System/Network Administrator and Engineer (Contractor)

INTERLAND, Atlanta, GA 1999 – 2001

Manager, Team lead, Storage/Backup/Network Architect/Planner, SME

DELTA AIRLINES, Atlanta GA 1997 – 1998

System Administrator and Engineer (Contractor)

SIEMENS, Atlanta, GA 1995 – 1997

System/Network Administrator and Engineer (Contractor)

DIRECTORYNET, Atlanta, GA 1990 – 1995

Manager, System/Network Administrator and System Programmer


IT MaP Bronze Certification, Enterprise Data Center Operations – AT&T

Six Sigma Green Belt Certification – Kennesaw State University

IT People Managers Bronze Certification – AT&T

Cloud Computing Bronze Certification – AT&T

Security First Bronze Certification – AT&T

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