Todd Ellermann
Updated August 2012
Experienced I.T. Leader, Enterprise Architect, and Creative Entrepeneur

Objective: To attract, lead, grow and develop teams of talented technical resources, and to guide them into the successful delivery of global enterprise-class software systems, while delivering on profitable and sustainable business growth. Experience: Extensive experience architecting, designing, and developing enterprise class software systems using object oriented software development technologies and processes with extensive experience applying Java, design patterns, and J2EE technologies to complex technical environments. With nine years of verifiable Java development experience implementing business applications, doing research and development of new products, designing multi-tiered systems as well as stand alone SWING applications. Possess strong leadership skills in locating, organizing, motivating, and developing talented technical resources both professionally as the lead architect of a java development teams as large as fifteen developers, as the president of a consulting organization with more than thirty consultants, and personally in community as a leader of the Phoenix Java User (www.phxjug.org ) group with over five hundred members. Worked closely with stake holders, business, technical, and customers, to capture and develop supportable, expandable, stable and user-friendly software applications. Provided continuous feedback and communication with stakeholders throughout the software lifecycle to ensure that the end product closely met the needs identified. Completed extensive objective research into the industry leading web application technology platforms, and evaluated the research using the CMMI DAR process. Research to be published soon.

Timeline

VP of Engineering and I.T.

  • VirtualTourist.com
  • Jan 1, 2008 - Current
  • Transition technical leadership from the co-founder and technical leader Tillman Reissfelder. Responsible for Engineering, enterprise architecture, development, and I.T. Implementing Groovy on Grails to replace existing web objects/JBOSS/EJB application. Introduction of service oriented architecture concepts. Transitioned to VP of Engineering as part of the Expedia/TripAdvisor acquisition of VirtualTourist.com and onetime.com. Participated in technical due diligence of the acquisition.

Director of I.T. and Web Development

  • lynda.com, Inc.
  • Oct 1, 2007 - Apr 1, 2008
  • Hired to rapidly turnaround a failing I.T. department and struggling engineering organization. Provided guidance in strategic planning, developed complete budgets for both I.T. and Engineering, development of product roadmap, made architectural decisions for both I.T. and engineering investment, and evaluated failing Cold Fusion project and current website (ASP/.NET) infrastructure in an environment where revenue is doubling every 12 months. Reporting to President.

Acting CTO and Director of Development

  • Empowher.com, Inc.
  • Jun 1, 2007 - Oct 1, 2007
  • I joined empowher as a short term contractor to help get them off the ground, establish their technical team and help them launch the initial site. 4-6 first employees were people who had previously worked for/with me at past organizations, and I believe are contributing heavily to the success of the project. I participated heavily in the definition of health events.com and the empowher.com business strategy. I believe that when they launch healthevents.com you will see them make a serious splash in the marketplace. It was a pleasure working with Mrs. Robson and Alan McCann.

Director of I.T. Services

  • IPower, Inc.
  • Sep 1, 2006 - May 1, 2007
  • As the director of I.T. services I have both the development team and all the senior systems administrators reporting to me. Effectively, I am leading the strategic resources of IPower's I.T. department. In the first six months I have coordinated an I.T. Reorganization, improved customer satisfaction by 6-10%, reduced the complaint volume by 40%, added 5-10% to the bottom line and reduced the I.T. budget by 1/3. We have succesffully implemented version control, unit testing, UAT, code reviews, and have rolled out 2 major versions of our core product. In addition, we have standardized the farm of over 700 shared hosts, making it possible for us to begin to automate portions of the deployment process. Currently in the process of introducing UML (Use Cases, and Class Diagrams) as well as standardizing our teams knowledge of core web application technologies.

Senior Solution Architect

  • Forever Living Products Intl.
  • Apr 1, 2002 - Jun 1, 2006
  •  Saved a Websphere Commerce Suite project from failure. The project was over budget and 9 months late. Under my direction, the project was successfully completed and launched in 90 days.  Managed the web development team, applications, and systems to growth of online sales in the United States from $300,000 per month to $1.5 Million per month. Additionally, I have produced the successful overhaul of all networking components, security initiatives, process improvement and integration between all external applications with the AS400 system. This includes the successful on time delivery of twelve brand new applications serving various business units. These accomplishments recently culminated in a successful launch of a multi-lingual, multi-currency, multi-national, content managed, fully integrated, marketing and e-Commerce platform.

President

  • Sysix Consulting
  • Jan 1, 2000 - Jan 1, 2002

Co-Founder and President

  • Jandx, LLC.
  • Apr 1, 1998 - Jan 1, 2000

Java Consultant

  • A.J. Boggs & Co
  • Jan 1, 1998 - Jan 1, 1998

Contractor

  • Informative Graphics
  • Jan 1, 1997 - Jan 1, 1998

Unix System Administrator

  • Biotech Computing Facility ARL
  • Jan 1, 1995 - Jan 1, 1998

Founder

  • Monsoon Networks
  • Jan 1, 1995 - Jan 1, 1996

Denim Specialist

  • The Gap
  • Jan 1, 1992 - Jan 1, 1995

Assistant Manager

  • Eegees
  • Jan 1, 1989 - Jan 1, 1991
Skill Proficiency
Education
'07
Arizona State University
Software Engineering
MBA'07
Arizona State University, W. P. Carey School of Business
Software Engineering Certificate
BS'98
University of Arizona
Computer Engineering