BENJAMIN R. EAVEY

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19+ years of technology leadership overseeing hundreds of Microsoft, VMware, Citrix, Linux, and other IT projects in both large enterprise environments and small businesses alike. Adept at working through difficult situations and coordinating diverse groups to achieve successful outcomes. MBA-educated IT professional with the ability to communicate across the languages of business and technology. Industry certifications include MCITP Enterprise, CCIA, MCT, MCSE, CNE, RHCE, Linux+, CTT+, and others.
 

 


EXPERIENCE


 

Director of Information Technology, Beene Garter LLP

December 2013 – Present, Grand Rapids, MI

(detail forthcoming)
 

Senior Citrix Engineer, BDO USA

August 2012 – November 2013, Grand Rapids, MI

Project management and solution design role for both cross-departmental and project-based teams. Developed technical solutions for BDO’s virtual computing environment that addressed identified business needs. Provided high-level analysis, input, and technical designs for computing solution automation and management technologies as well as guidance and mentoring for other Engineers.

  • Managed and implemented the project to evaluate and deploy a functional VDI environment for BDO’s virtual desktop initiative, with plans to expand the offering to 3500+ users.
  • Designed the architecture, deployed, and maintained all Citrix Provisioning Services and Citrix XenDesktop virtualization environments in the company.
  • Coordinated efforts between the infrastructure team, the desktop team, and business line representatives to install, configure, test, and publish applications through Citrix XenApp.

 

Server/Storage Engineer III, Priority Health Managed Benefits

July 2009 – April 2011, Grand Rapids, MI

Led the Windows Infrastructure team in coordinating and implementing new Microsoft, VMware, Citrix, and BMC BladeLogic technology projects. Responsible for 400+ Windows servers in an enterprise-class data center facility. Created implementation and maintenance documentation and DR plans, executed formal change control methodology, resolved trouble tickets, managed OS security patching.

  • Led weekly planning sessions for all Windows infrastructure initiatives across a base of 400+ servers. Managed progress on existing projects, created summary documentation for new projects, and collaborated on short-term and long-term team goals.
  • Developed and implemented a security patching procedure for 400+ Microsoft Windows servers. Brought all servers up to current patch levels and created a detailed plan for deploying monthly security hotfixes to all dev, test, and production server environments. Maintained SAS 70 compliance through this work.
  • Led the project to build 3 new Citrix XenApp application server farms for deploying virtualized published applications to all dev, test, and production server environments. Defined and managed the project to replace all aging Citrix Presentation Server 4.0 and 4.5 farms and migrate all enterprise applications to the new XenApp farms.
  • Coordinated the replacement of an older VMware ESX 3.5 server farm with three new VMware ESXi 4.0 server clusters. Configured production servers for disaster recovery using VMware SRM to fail over to an off-site data center.

 

Senior Data Center Systems Engineer, Corporate Technologies (d.b.a. CPR)

August 2002 – July 2009, Grand Rapids, MI

Managed and supported hosted and co-location customers in a high-end, highly-available Data Center facility. Configured and maintained Microsoft Active Directory, Group Policy, Exchange Servers, SQL Servers, and Citrix application server farms for multiple customers. Installed and maintained Microsoft and Linux-based web servers hosting multiple web sites. Created detailed design and configuration documentation for multiple customer environments. Evaluated and recommended new products and technologies for deployment into production. Responsible for all Linux configuration and support issues, including in-house Linux DNS, web, and email servers.

  • Co-managed the day-to-day operations of a multi-million-dollar data center facility. Planned for future expansion, monitored systems, worked with customers to prevent security breaches, allocated resources for new hosted environments.
  • Designed and implemented a 100% hosted solution for a large Grand Rapids law firm. Configured 16 servers to handle all IT functions for the firm, including multiple Active Directory servers, file and print servers, front and back-end Exchange servers, SQL servers, application servers, and a multiple-server Citrix farm for remote access to hosted applications.
  • Installed and configured all Linux infrastructure servers for Corporate Technologies’ Grand Rapids location (DNS, email, web servers).

 

Senior Systems Engineer, Computer Products & Resources

March 1998 – August 2002, Grand Rapids, MI

Designed and implemented network and server solutions for customers, working on-site to coordinate with IT staff. Specialized in Microsoft Active Directory networks, including DNS, DHCP, Group Policy, Terminal Services, Exchange Server, backup, and client workstation configurations.

  • Configured dozens of new networks and performed dozens more network upgrades for customers, migrating to newer server and client hardware and operating systems.
  • Installed many different Exchange Server environments for customers, from single-server deployments to multiple-site setups.
  • Performed assessments for customers to help optimize their environments, check for security vulnerabilities, and make recommendations for improvement.

 

Hardware Repair and Desk-Side Services, Computer Products & Resources

February 1996 – March 1998, Grand Rapids, MI

Repaired all types of computer hardware, including PCs, printers, monitors, and peripheral devices. Responded to trouble tickets to help users troubleshoot problems with their equipment, operating systems, and application software.

  • Maintained the highest response rating for customer satisfaction.
  • Took the initiative to sit and pass Microsoft’s MCSE certification exams; independently studied and trained on server operating systems.

 


EDUCATION


 

Master of Business Administration, General Business

Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI – June 2012

 

National Public Policy Residency

The Washington Campus, Washington, D.C. – March 2012
  • Engaged with members of congress, congressional staff, administration officials, advocacy organizations, agency representatives, economists, and others on strategies that can be utilized to ethically and effectively share information and influence public policy outcomes.

 

Bachelor of Science, Computer Information Systems

Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI – May 2010
  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude

 

Associate in Arts, Computer Science

Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, MI – May 2003

 


CERTIFICATIONS


 

Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) Certifications:

  • Enterprise Administrator, Windows Server 2008
  • Server Administrator, Windows Server 2008
  • Enterprise Support Technician

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) Certifications:

  • Windows Server 2008 Active Directory: Configuration
  • Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure: Configuration
  • Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure: Configuration
  • Windows Essential Business Server 2008, Configuring
  • Windows Small Business Server 2008, Configuring
  • Microsoft Windows 7, Configuring
  • Microsoft Windows Vista: Configuration

Citrix Certifications:

  • Citrix Certified Integration Architect™ (CCIA) for Virtualization
  • Citrix Certified Enterprise Engineer™ (CCEE) for Virtualization
  • Citrix Certified Administrator™ (CCA), XenApp 6.5
  • Citrix Certified Advanced Administrator™ (CCAA), XenApp 6.5
  • Citrix Certified Administrator™ (CCA), XenDesktop 5.5
  • Citrix Certified Administrator™ (CCA), XenServer 6.0
  • Citrix Certified Enterprise Administrator™ (CCEA), Presentation Server 3.0

Other Industry Certifications:

  • Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), 2005-Present
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA), Windows Server 2008
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), Windows Server 2003
  • Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE), Red Hat Linux 7.1
  • Certified Novell Engineer (CNE), NetWare 5.1
  • Hewlett Packard Accredited Systems Engineer (HP ASE)
  • CompTIA Certified Technical Trainer (CTT+)
  • CompTIA Linux+ Certified
  • CompTIA A+ Certified

 

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