About Jim Couts

  • Values

    Candid, more candid and way more candid! Believes in being candid, can't you tell? Jim is a tell it like it is professional!

  • Goals

    Always aiming beyond the stars and is able to take businesses to greater heights, there's no doubt. Bringing people together as ONE!

  • Hobbies

    Avid rock climber, loves all things "people". Teaching others that would want to be taught. Spending time with my lifelong partner-wife!

About Me

An IT & Business Development professional with more than 15+ years of experience in administration, escalation support, configuration, maintenance, engineering and troubleshooting UNIX, Linux, Windows, iOS, for medium to global enterprise environments and include an advanced proficiency in routing, switching, voice and wireless. Background includes experience with computer hardware, software, and vendors.

Jim is a very innovative, solutions-driven UNIX/Linux Network Administrator along with Windows, iOS, and supporting any and all web application development. With over 15+ years of experience supporting secure, high-availability LAN/WAN infrastructures. Solid expertise in managing full lifecycle IT projects, building and maintaining client/server networks and web/email services, and providing comprehensive pre/post-sales technical support.

Which he has great interpersonal skills which are necessary when providing training when required for all users. This is even truer for those who may not have as much computer experience and who need extra help to understand the system. His written communication skills are also above average which allows me to write reports and develop training manuals for employees and clients.

Other skills are the ability to evaluate all documentation according the systems requirements while evaluating all designs and performing tests on development activities. This includes administering all complex methodologies and integrating all required software and resolving all issues through all technologies while providing backup support.

Side hobby: Top-performing sales, marketing, and business development professional with proven ability to drive business expansion through aggressive sales initiatives that deliver revenue growth, market share, and market penetration. Strategic thinker who can plan and implement sales, marketing, and business initiatives to support corporate objectives. Particularly strong relationship management, team building, and general business acumen; verifiable track record of success driving unprecedented revenue and profitability gains within highly competitive organizations, industries, and markets. Ambitious, aggressive, and intensely focused on bottom-line results.

 

Some of Jim's Skills

  • Value-Added Leadership
  • Cross-function Supervision
  • Team Building & Mentoring
  • Client Relations & Presentations
  • Business & IT Planning
  • Vendor Relations and Management
  • Project Management
  • Custom Software Development
  • System Engineering
  • Enterprise-wide Implementations
  • Database Design
Contact Me

WinnComm, LLC

SOFTWARE/RDBMS DEVELOPMENT : ENTERPRISE IMPLEMENTATIONS : SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

Experienced IT Manager offering 15+ years of success leading all phases of multidisciplinary technology projects – With a strong 15 years of computer programming within various languages and business finance experience.

Business strategist – Planned and managed multimillion-dollar projects aligning business goals with technology solutions to drive process improvements, competitive advantage and bottom-line gains.

Excellent communicator – Advantage of technical, business and financial awareness to communicate effectively with client executives and their respective teams. Expert in agile and waterfall project management methodologies – Able to manage large project teams and known for high-quality deliverables that meet or exceed timeline and budgetary targets.

  • Started many startups during his tenure with WinnComm, LLC. USAGardenCare.com, Ushopweshop.com as solo developer and network engineer.
  • Directed and managed all software and website development life cycles for every project by leading a team through all of our projects during the past 2+ years.
  • Wrote contracts, agreements, proposals, and big on projects ranging from $50 over $375k to small businesses up to government level size jobs.
  • Researched and implemented production methodologies and document systems, which introduced a cohesive Open Source development team of seven to 12. Created a TEAM environment that utilized individual skills and talents to maximize quality assurance (QA) and meet all deadlines. Eliminated all issues related to bug tracking, using JIRA + GitLab, by using Laravel Framework to better track and fix in a timely fashion to meet deadlines.
  • Setup our own core network within a co-location environment here in the Seattle, WA area. Having a rack dedicated and directed towards WinnComm’s network intrastate.
  • Setup our own WinnComm Cloud Infrastructure that operates close to 300PB of storage and data for the clients of WinnComm and the services rendered to them.

Cobia Systems, Inc.

Managed all phases of the software development lifecycle (SDLC) for Cobia Systems, Inc. startup.

Results: Delivered industry-leading software that saved clients millions of dollars, shortened processes from weeks to minutes.

Managed an enterprise project (Cobia Systems) derived off of Open Source Technologies using PHP, GoLang and MySQL under the Kohana Framework for Cobia Systems by driving the core project from conception through completion.

Worked closely with development, CEO and performed liaison responsibilities to investors of Cobia Systems, Inc. Gave daily updates to investors that reinforced their decision to invest; helped eliminate any misconceptions and explained technical jargon in layman terms.

Collaborated with clients, third-party software partners and internal teams to develop and launch product enhancements that maximized every developer hour spent to be money back to the company.

Researched and implemented production methodologies and document systems, which introduced a cohesive Open Source development team of five to seven. Created a TEAM environment that utilized individual skills and talents to maximize quality assurance (QA) and meet all deadlines. Eliminated all issues related to bug tracking by using Kohana PHP Framework to better track and fix in a timely fashion to meet deadlines.

Performed resource planning and budgeting; tracked costs to ensure the company remained in budget.

Provided ongoing project coordination and process development support to implementation teams and other interim teams. Coordinated all on-site meetings with development teams on a daily basis and reporting to directors and investors on a scheduled basis via meetings and conferences.

Director of Technology

Responsible for the overall planning, organizing, and execution of all IT functions for DBBuilder, Inc.. This includes directing all IT operations to meet customer requirements as well as the support and maintenance of existing applications and development of new technical solutions.

Analyze complex business needs presented by the clients and recommend technical solutions for DBBuilder, Inc. and the clients.

Ensures the consistency and maintainability of existing applications by creating, maintaining, and enforcing standards/procedures for implementing technical solutions.

Directs operations in executing production tasks according to a documented schedule that meets or exceeds DBBuilder, Inc and customer expectations.

Produces detailed timeline for each application release and implements effective project control by monitoring the progress of the software release and reporting the status to the CEO.

Directs and prioritizes the work load of subordinate personnel.

Reviews all designs, code and unit test plans where applicable.

Approves all business requirements prior to the technical solution and ensures everything is in place before releasing.

Participates on all hardware and software evaluations and maintains vendor contracts.

Represents the IT function at customer review meeting when appropriate.

Perform liaison duties between users, operations, and programming personnel in the areas of systems design, modifications or troubleshooting.

Enterprise Applications Leadership

Lead the team in the development and maintenance of application roadmaps for all enterprise systems

Work closely with business leadership on project sponsorship, scheduling requirements/conflicts and vendor management

Establish and verify IT Application controls and successfully complete audits without deficiencies

IT Director

CEO-EPCTech
February 1998 – September 2014

Experienced IT Director offering 15+ years of success leading all phases of multidisciplinary technology projects – With a strong 15 years of computer programming within various languages and business finance experience.

Business strategist – Planned and managed multimillion-dollar projects aligning business goals with technology solutions to drive process improvements, competitive advantage and bottom-line gains.

Excellent communicator – Advantage of technical, business and financial awareness to communicate effectively with client executives and their respective teams.

Expert in agile and waterfall project management methodologies – Able to manage large project teams and known for high-quality deliverables that meet or exceed timeline and budgetary targets.

Executed complete company start-up including construction, staffing, and financing. Developed and maintained many valuable business relationships with key clients and constituents while suggesting new product lines based on changing market needs.

Drove the high-quality completion of systems engineering, software/database development and enterprise-wide implementation on all projects for any client.

Led teams across broad technical, financial and business disciplines. Focused teams on business objectives and tracked progress to ensure the project milestones were completed on time, on or under budget and with the desired results on every project overseen (3700+)

Mitigated risk and task factors through careful analysis of financial and statistical data. Anticipated and managed change effectively in rapid evolving global business environments.

Defined processes and tools best suited to each project. Moved between agile and waterfall type of approaches depending on the project specifics and client’s end-goals, where I created and established project “road-maps”, plans, schedules and work breakdown structures.

Senior Systems Administrator-Engineer

CEO-EPCTech
February 1998 – 2014

Connectivity & Hardware: Blade Servers, Web Servers Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Intel, AMD, SPARC, HP iPAQ, Sharp Zaurus, WAN, LAN, TCP/IP, RAID systems, Cisco ASA 5500+, Frame-relay, PPP, ACL, NAT, PAT, OSPF & OSPF Virtual linking also with multi-area, RIP & RIPv2, SNMP, SNMPv3, ARP, UDP, Static and Sub routing, VLAN trunk, VLAN, VTP, HSRP, STP, SVI, CEF, Portfast.

Security: SSH, SSL, GnuPG/PGP, AAA, IPS/IDS, RADIUS, VPN, Cisco ACS, DLP, IPsec, DMZ, PGP, PKI, Port security, MAC filtering, NPS, IPTables, Windows firewalls.

Juniper & Cisco Technologies: JUNOS, Juniper E/LN/M/MX/PTX/SRX/T Series, ScreenOS, Cisco IOS, Routers 3900, 2900, 1900, Catalyst 6500, 55, 4900, 4500, 3000x, Nexus 1010x, 2k, 5010, 5020, 5548P, 7000.

Monitoring Tools: Wireshark, Remedy, Openview, Cacti, Nagios, VMWare, Solarwinds, F5, Cisco Works, Cisco Sec. Manager Suite, LogicMonitor.

Enterprise Technologies: Windows 95,98,2000,XP,VISTA,7,8, Exchange 2003-2008, Active Directory, PHP, Python, Perl, DNS, WINS, MSSQL, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle, ODBC, BerkeleyDB, Moodle, Typo3, Django, Microsoft Office Suite, Linux, Red Hat, Gentoo, CentoOS, Fedora, Debian, BSD, Ubuntu, iOS, Netcool, Logmein, Teamviewer, VSS, Visio, Microsoft Project, Samba, RSYNC, NTP, DHCP.

UNIX-Linux Administration: Python, Perl, PHP, Bash/csh Scripting, RPM, gzip, awk, sed, tar, FTP, many others.

Development Experience: Git, Subversion, Mantis, PHP, Perl, Python, XML/XUL, CVS, and VB.NET

WebDev Experience: Apache, LAMP, HTML/XHTML, CSS, CGI, IIS, XML.

Mail Server Experience: Exim, Sendmail, Dovecat, qmail, SMTP, POP, IMAP, Mailman, procmail, SpamAssassin/MailScanner.

SpeedHostingz.com

CEO-EPCTech
March 2001 – September 2008

Core responsibilities included custom and tailored servers built for clients of all fashions from the simple “Mom and Pop Online Store” to advanced redundant systems ranging from 10-1300 servers for one client. I built my very own automated web hosting script back in 2001 that was so easy to maintain. The only interaction I ever had with clients was new sales. Everything ran as smooth as waking up everyday. Knowing everyone of my clients were taken care of 100% uptime. (Unless the datacenter where all servers were co-located to burnt to the ground. Which never happened.)

  • Client retention was the biggest goal and always keeping my clients always on top of any scheduled router maintenance to a simple overlook of a client’s server for whatever issue arose.
  • The ability to troubleshoot anything related to a client’s server and their OS they used, and ensure they were back up online in a timely fashion. (Within 5 minutes, unless there was hardware failure 30 minutes tops)
  • The ability to keep redundancy was another top mission to keep everyone’s data safe. (Never had a failure or loss of information throughout seven years hosting other business servers or websites)
  • Partnered up with ThePlanet at one time having over 130 personal servers of mine co-located and hosted over 62,000+ shared and active web hosting plans at one time from 2005-2008.
  • Employed 35 full time remote system administrators throughout the years of 2004 – 2008 and overseen their daily cycle of work. Once the business took off to another level that was not even possible to do as a one-man show any longer via the shared web hosting plans.
  • Given 100% Customer Support 24/7/365 to all customers and treated them all equal no matter what plan they chose. $.99/mo plans to the $1,300/mo co-located plans.
 

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