Bryan McLellan

Bryan McLellan

Human multi-tool

Surry, Maine (Bangor, Maine Area)
Information Technology and Services

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Bryan McLellan's Overview

  • Software Engineer at Chef
  • Technical Manager at Strategy Computers
  • Part-time Technican at Fullblast Technologies
  • Project Lead at Crow International, Inc.
  • Systems Administrator at Panax Communications, Inc
  • Technician at Strong's Electronic Sales
  • Systems Administrator at Pctech Computers

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Bryan McLellan's Summary

I excel at troubleshooting broken systems, and leading a path forward.

These skills found me a career in systems administration. Running web operations for companies brought a need to operate at greater scale with automation, which lead me to being one of the original developers of Chef.

I've spent most of my life providing volunteer logistical support for diverse organizations, including radio communications, traffic control, and computer networking. I'm a structural firefighter for my home-town volunteer fire department.

Bryan McLellan's Experience

Software Engineer


Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Information Technology and Services industry

September 2010Present (4 years 1 month) Seattle, WA

Software Engineer - 12/2013 - Present

* Chef
* Also, Windows and Chef

Technical Program Manager, Open Source - 11/2011 - 11/2013

* Manage contributions and releases of open source products
* Design, triage and develop improvements and bug fixes for open source products
* Improve, implement and lead open source product and community processes
* Provide 3rd level problem management support, resolving complex customer issues
* Collect business and functional requirements from customers and community
* Support development of business relationships with technical assistance

Senior Systems Administrator - 9/2010 - 10/2011

* Improved and formalized triage and release processess for open source projects
* Designed and implemented data center systems and network architecture
* Managed virtualization, database, backup systems
* Maintained network equipment and VPN connections between data centers and offices
* Contributed to and managed releases of open source projects
* Assisted with internal IT projects

Systems Administrator


Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Computer Software industry

July 2009August 2010 (1 year 2 months) Seattle, WA

* Webtrends' acquisition of Widemile freed me from IT responsibilities and shifted my focus entirely to being the global operations lead for the Webtrends Optimize product.
* I engineered, deployed and supported the production and test environments for Optimize on linux (ubuntu) using virtualization (kvm, libvirt) and configuration management (chef). Various platform technologies, including eucalyptus and EC2, were leveraged where fiscally appropriate.
* Open Source Software was a fulcrum of agility. Keeping us cutting edge meant contributing features and patches to upstream projects, as well as being an active member of these communities. In particular, I was an early contributor to the Chef systems integration project.

Systems Administrator


Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Marketing and Advertising industry

November 2007July 2009 (1 year 9 months) Seattle, WA

Startup, so everything from the ground to the sky. ( )

* Design and administer network (routers, firewalls, load balancers, switches: F5 BigIP, Cisco 2800 PIX515E ASA5520 6500, Dell)
* Engineer and administer servers (windows, debian, ubuntu)
* Virtualization, configuration management, automation (kvm, vmware, qemu, libvirt, chef, puppet, iclassify, capistrano)
* Monitoring and trending (nagios, ganglia, cacti, munin)
* Maintain data center (hvac, power, network cabling)
* Manage email infrastructure (exchange 2007, LCS/communicator, postfix, spamassassin)
* Troubleshoot production issues (jboss, apache, openldap)
* Support end users desktops and phones (windows, ubuntu, asterisk)

Systems Administrator

Haydrian Corporation

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Computer Software industry

October 2006September 2007 (1 year) Bellevue, WA

* Responsible for all IT needs (systems, networks, security and support) for the corporate headquarters and international sales offices.
* Solely responsible for IT and support for 75+ employees across multiple international locations
* Reduced IT hardware needs through consolidation and virtualization using VMware Server
* Re-architected Active directory/LDAP infrastructure to facilitate multiple AD sites
* Assisted engineering with SuSE and Ubuntu Linux systems and bash, python scripting
* Planned and implemented data center UPS backup with Liebert NX series equipment
* Automated hardware and software inventory using OCS and GLPI open source projects

Technical Manager

Strategy Computers

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Information Technology and Services industry

January 2006September 2006 (9 months) Bellevue, WA

* Managed consulting division and built new customer relationships
* Supervised and mentored technical employees and projects
* Instructed Microsoft, Cisco and CompTIA courses

Part-time Technican

Fullblast Technologies

September 2005December 2005 (4 months) Kenmore, WA

* Part-time position while I took Microsoft certification classes
* Designed and built custom surveillance solutions
* Managed company network and systems

Project Lead

Crow International, Inc.

January 2003August 2005 (2 years 8 months) Ellsworth, ME

* Directly managed multiple electronics recovery crews across the US.
* Maintained relationships with contract customers and worked with overseas operations to arrange transportation of over 200,000lbs of scrap per year.
* Performed large scale telecommunications battery recycling operations.
* Operated commercial truck and other heavy equipment.

Systems Administrator

Panax Communications, Inc

January 2000December 2002 (3 years) Ellsworth, ME

* Technical lead for open source and Cisco based ISP.
* Managed network growth from Cisco 2500s through to 7200VXR platform and Catalyst switches
* Administered internet backbones from single T1 to multi-homed network with multiple T1s and a fractional T3 using BGP. Handled VPN backbone growth from frame relay T1s to ATM T3
* Maintained internal web interfaces and scripting for customer management using perl, php and shell scripting languages and mysql database
* Directly managed part-time System Administrators and oversaw Technical Support team


Strong's Electronic Sales

June 1998December 1999 (1 year 7 months) Ellsworth, ME

* Removed used electronics and telephone switches at customer sites
* Disassembled electronics for recycling in warehouse
* Sorted and tested electronics for reuse and resale
* Managed company email, web and backup servers using Linux and FreeBSD
* Handled all telephony and data networks for office building

Systems Administrator

Pctech Computers

January 1998June 1998 (6 months) Ellsworth, ME

* Designed small ISP on Livingston infrastructure
* Maintained Windows NT mail and web server
* Managed growth to USR digital communications equipment and Linux/FreeBSD servers

Bryan McLellan's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • CGCF Steering Committee, Communications, Traffic and Parking Coordinator

      Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
      • Health
      November 2011 present (2 years 11 months)

      Elected to chair of Fair Steering Committee 2013
      Assist fair leadership with planning committee agendas
      Aid planning of future growth of the fair

      Work with local law enforcement on traffic planning
      Coordinate fair parking operations and logistics
      Manage, maintain and program repeaters and portable radios.

    • Lieutenant

      Surry Volunteer Fire Department
      • Disaster and Humanitarian Relief
      July 2012 present (2 years 3 months)

      Structural and wildland firefighter with training in vehicle fires and extrication, hazardous materials, and pump operations.

      As Communications Officer, responsible for maintaining and assigning communications equipment including mobile and portable radios, and pagers.

      Graduate of Hancock County Fire Academy.

    • Board of Directors

      New England Museum of Telephony
      • Education
      January 2013 present (1 year 9 months)
    • Network Operations/Shmoocon Labs

      • Science and Technology
      March 2007 present (7 years 7 months)

      Oversee infrastructure and build out of security conference network each year.

      Troubleshoot and resolve network and server problems as they occur.

      Assist in the deployment of wireless and security appliances.

    • Logistics Lead

      Alleycat Acres
      • Health
      January 2010 June 2011 (1 year 6 months)

      Organizer focusing on logistics and technology for a collective whose mission is to convert under-utilized spaces into urban farms.

    • Disaster Services Volunteer

      American Red Cross
      • Disaster and Humanitarian Relief
      November 2009 June 2011 (1 year 8 months)

      Volunteer for the Logistics DAT (Disaster Action Team) for the local American Red Cross chapter serving King and Kitsap Counties.

  • Volunteer Interests

    • Causes I care about:

      • Disaster and Humanitarian Relief

Bryan McLellan's Projects

  • Chef

    • September 2008 to Present
    Team Members: Bryan McLellan

    Systems integration and configuration management written to make running complex infrastructure easier.

Bryan McLellan's Skills & Expertise

  1. Open Source Software
  2. Networking
  3. Linux
  4. Chef
  5. Sarcasm
  6. System Administration
  7. Open Source
  8. Firefighting
  9. Private Pilot

Bryan McLellan's Certifications

  • Firefighter 1 & Firefighter 2

    • Maine Fire Service Institute
    • July 2013
  • LPIC-2

    • LPI
    • License LPI000135310
    • June 2007 to June 2012
  • A+

    • CompTIA
    • License COMP001004704383
    • December 2005
  • Network+

    • CompTIA
    • License COMP001004704383
    • December 2005
  • Security+

    • CompTIA
    • License COMP001004704383
    • August 2006
  • MCSE 2003

    • Microsoft
    • License 3548152
    • September 2006
  • MCDBA 2000

    • Microsoft
    • License 3548152
    • June 2006

Bryan McLellan's Additional Information

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Honors and Awards:

LPIC-2, CCNA, MCSE 2003, MCDBA, A+, Network+, Security+

Maine Fire Service Institute, Pro Board accredited FF1 + FF2

Private Pilot: Airplane Single Engine Land

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