About Me


A photo of Patrick, wearing a jacket and smiling.

Throughout the years, I've worked with every flavor of Microsoft Windows after 3.1, and I cut my teeth on networking with token ring and 10BASE2. Since then, I've been exposed to technologies in a wide swath of fields as they have matured or been introduced.

Currently, I am a Systems Architect, with a focus on Windows virtualization, networking, and security.

Skills

A general scale of how familiar or comfortable I am with a technology.

95

Windows

65

Linux

90

Virtualization

85

Networking

85

Security

80

Monitoring

85

Cloud

75

Orchestration

50

Development

"If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?"
- John Wooden
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
- Arthur C. Clarke

Some Stats


17

Years of Experience

1800

Satisfied Users

9

Conferences Attended

Days Learning Something New

Experience


  • PRESENT
    -
    JAN 2016

    HFF/JLL

    Systems Architect

    My current role involves working with my fellow architects to design and plan future projects, including being flexible enough to incorporate new and emerging technologies if the need arises. Some of these projects have included migrating around a thousand users to Office 365, deploying SD-WAN to improve resiliency at remote offices, and moving datacenters to improve redundancy.

  • JAN 2016
    -
    JUN 2012

    HFF

    Systems Engineer

    The first part of my career at HFF involved maintaining and expanding a Hyper-V environment, and migrating several core line of business applications from physical hardware to virtual machines, increasing availability and resiliency. Other major projects included replacing aging firewalls with new layer 7 firewalls, developing scripts to decrease delivery time and errors while increasing repeatability, migrating from digital phones to VoIP, and improving backup integrity by leveraging new technologies.

  • JUN 2012
    -
    FEB 2007

    TMI - The Episcopal School of Texas

    Network Administrator

    Working in a non-profit academic environment pushed the envelope of stretching a budget, from leveraging open source projects to pioneering into virtualization to better utilize capital investments in hardware. We were expected to do more with less, and do everything from handle audio/visual needs to redesigning the network infrastructure to better handle new and challenging technologies. Working in such a crucible of needs really allowed me to become a true jack of all trades, and launch my career further.

  • PRESENT
    -
    OCT 2000

    Forristal Consulting

    Consultant

    As needed, I have used my spare time to work with various clients in different market verticals to maintain a broad outlook on technology, including phone systems, access control systems, and cloud development.

Current Certifications


Contact


Houston, TX

+1 713 999 4414