Knower of Things, Doer of Stuff.
Dad. Technology Advocate. Geek.
I call myself a Technologist, but it really comes down to being a Geek, multi-subject Nerd (there's a difference- ask me), Inventor, and Entrepreneur. I'm deeply passionate about technology and communications (networking, internetworking, social media, and crowd-sourcing). All information can be learned, therefore, shared. Give me a book and a weekend, and we can accomplish some wonderful things.
I'm currently leading a team of highly-skilled engineers, innovating next-generation technologies, through DevOps and Agile methodologies.
Prior to that, I was in Network Intelligence for the City of New York (design, monitoring, administration, forensics, enterprise architecture), UX/UI pundit, Engineering 'de-con-struct-or', and I worked on engineering last-mile SONET networks (fiber-optics) for carrier hotels in and around Manhattan, and in other cites around the world. Certifications / Associations:
- BICSI certified
- CHFI (Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator)
- CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker)
- Network+ (CompTIA)
- Security+ (CompTIA)
- working towards CCIE & JNCIE
- InfraGard (NYC)
I also enjoy Softball, Aikido, absorbing as much random information as possible (a la Cliff Clavin), and I'm working to become a polyglot (Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Hebrew, French, Spanish, Greek). Have an idea? Let's work collaboratively to improve on it!
Technology moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. "Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish."
Bragging rights Married, 3 boys, Mac addict, Open-Source fun seeker, can operate technology w/o reading a manual (although I do, b/c I'm a geek), weird ability to absorb and regurgitate random information, Idea Jedi (product/service analysis & improvement), 20+ year EMT, quick reader, social media lover, snaps fingers, tongue roller, and can whistle.
Director Of Technology
- IDT Corporation
- Jan 1, 2014 - Current
Co-founder, CTO, Technology Evangelist
- Dads on Tech
- Oct 1, 2009 - Dec 31, 2013
- What DadsOnTech (DOT) is not is a technology review site — for the sake of reviewing gadgets and technology. DOT is meant for the not so tech savvy dad. Our hope is that we can educate dads and help them to better understand technology. So they can live a better digital life. As fathers, co-Founders, Zev Green and Ramon B. Nuez Jr., understand that the digital world can be very intimidating. So they recognize the need for helpful information, that will not only make a dads life a bit more fun but help them enjoy technology with their families. If you are looking for information on smartphones, tablets, social networking, cars, smart TVs or video games — DadsOnTech will guide you through the digital waters. Review and evaluate technology for our video series and blog. One-on-one interviews with industry leaders, CEO’s, providing press event coverage, and our weekly news shows. Provide product market analysis to help engineers and businesses improve their products, services, and customer engagement. Off-site interviews recorded with Telestream Wirecast, Screen Flow, and Skype. Video editing and other production using Final Cut Pro X, Motion, and Compressor. Use of popular methods of distribution (YouTube, Vimeo, Blip, Wordpress Blog, Facebook, G+, Twitter, Etc.) for online marketing and viewer engagement.
- City of New York- HRA/MIS
- Jan 2, 2002 - Dec 31, 2013
- Network Operations Center manager, providing network security, administration, and monitoring of networks and servers, for the largest City Government agency in the country. With over 120 locations throughout the 5 boroughs, 22,000 users, and 2.8 million clients, efficiency, cost-savings, and uptime are essential. Member of the 9/11 Emergency Assistance Team, setting up the network facility for ground zero operations, and family assistance center. Project management team for the build-out of our new facility in Brooklyn, moving the entire MIS team & data center from 111 8th Ave to Brooklyn. Lead designer of the Network Operations Center. Member of the OET Incident Response Team, which provides action and post-incident policy decisions for network security/forensics analysis and penetration testing, security breaches, and city-wide incident response. Networking equipment such as Nortel & Juniper (JunOS) switches / routers. Monitoring software, such as HP OpenView NNM and HP Operations design and administration, Groundwork Open Source , Mazu, Zenoss, Cacti, OpenNMS, Nagios, and other forensics and hacking tools used. Direct a team of field personnel installing, configuring, and maintaining routers & switches throughout the agency. DNS administration (Unix - RHEL). Used knowledge of TCP/IP, IP routing, wireless, and traffic analysis with tools like Demarc PureSecure, snort NIDS, MRTG, Nessus, Sniffer, as well as others to troubleshoot network issues and dependencies. Interfaced with vendors to provide reliability, cost analysis, and contracts. Saved the City approximately $3.2 million dollars, in direct costs, over 10 years, by implementing open source solutions.
- Aug 1, 2010 - Dec 1, 2011
- At TheRoadmap.TV, we interviewed mostly New York City based Startups, Venture Capitalists, and Industry Leaders. We also monitor technology trends, and we also provided product market analysis to help engineers and businesses improve their products, services, and customer engagement.
Co-Host & Chief Technology Evangelist
- Dec 1, 2010 - Sep 1, 2011
- BreakerBumper Studios is an Internet broadcasting network, home to podcasts like New Media Brief, The RoadMap, Dads on Tech, Disney, and others.
- New Media Brief
- Mar 1, 2010 - Aug 1, 2011
- Audio and video podcast series which covered the latest weekly news in Social Media. Each week, Ramon B. Nuez Jr., Zev Mo Green, and Robert ‘Robbie the Geek’ Holmes discuss the latest in New Media, Social Media, and Technology news.
- Teaneck Volunteer Ambulance Corps
- Jun 4, 1990 - Nov 1, 2013
- Providing Volunteer EMS to the community.
Writer & Creative Director
- Oct 1, 2009 - Mar 1, 2010
- News, Reviews, and Tips for all things Disney. Blogger and Disney nerd.
- Social Mobile
- Feb 1, 2008 - Aug 1, 2010
- Mobile cross-platform startup. Co-creator of the concept and project manager working with application developers to design a final product.
- Feb 1, 2007 - Jan 1, 2008
- Entertainment Social Networking startup. Co-creator of the concept and project manager working with application developers to design a final product.
Network Design Engineer
- May 1, 2000 - Sep 1, 2001
- Network design team member, providing last-mile solutions at carrier hotels in NYC (primarily at 111 8th Ave, 60 Hudson, 32 AotA, & 520 Madison), Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Paris, and London. Extensive work with Nortel and Cisco optical carrier equipment. Worked closely with Bechtel engineers for data center design, electrical, HVAC, conduit, and capacity planning. Involved in design and build-out of 26 data centers. Designed and implemented the build out of FiberNet's Network Operation Center in Newark, NJ .Equipment such as Adtran MUXs, DSX-3/DSX-1 panels, Fiber Distribution Panels, Media Converters, etc. Experience designing circuits from 10 base-T all the way through OC-768. Preside knowledge and OAM&P. SONET and DWDM engineering. AutoCad 2K and Visio used for design. Microsoft Project used for project tracking. Field testing and turn-up approximately 25%, design and supervision 75%.
Project Engineer, Data Solutions
- Graphnet Inc.
- Aug 1, 1998 - May 1, 2000
- Primary engineering manager (integrated data solutions- voice, fax, messaging) for the United Nations, World Bank, JP Morgan, Chase, Prudential, Aetna, TD Bank, Telstra, Societe Generale (SocGen), Fuji, and Morgan Stanley projects. Designed, installed, and maintained the infrastructure of Lotus Notes within the company, including redundancy, disaster recovery, storage, and capacity analysis. Initiated the first plan for Data Center documentation, rack & cable tagging/labeling, reorganization of equipment for efficiency, and energy tracking. Primary customer support & troubleshooting contact, and dispatched to customer sites around the world. Provided QA review on proprietary software (developed in C++) running on those servers. HP OpenView, sniffer, and other open-source tools used. TCP/IP, x.25, VLAN, VPN, RIP, and other IP protocols used.
- Cybernex Inc
- Jul 1, 1996 - Jul 1, 1998
- Manager for a team of 3 people, providing technical support for our dial-up and DS1 customers. Specialist for tech calls, site visits, and systems design referring to all aspects of the network including troubleshooting, connections (routers, T1/T3 connections, LAN, WAN, Hubs, etc.), Apache, DNS, IRIX / Linux, Firewall and log server administration. Responsible for the Windows 3.x, 95, NT, Mac, and Unix implementations at Ramapo College, Cherry Hill School, Yeshiva University, and Paterson Schools. AppleShare, LocalTalk connections, PPP dial-in, and desktop administration. TCP/IP, IP, VLAN, VPN, RIP, and other IP protocols used.
Ohr Somayach- Jerusalem
Bergen Community College
Teaneck High School