Chris Thomas

Chris Thomas

Technology Manager

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About Me

I am a problem solver that has a passion for continued learning and working on technologies that are exciting and relevant. Problems are what we are solving and technology is how we solve them.

While at work, I wear a variety of hats. I am a technical leader who specializes in empowering others and leading by example to push progress and enterprise grade applciation development. Most recently I have been architecting and implemeting an enterprise solution for Amazon Web Services. I also specialize in container technologies such as Docker and Kubernetes. I take pride in stepping up and learning the full stack of a project which has gained me experience in many technologies such as Terraform, CI/CD, Database Management, and whatever else I can get my hands on.

When I get home, I love developing web and mobile applications for small businesses. I have a passion for entrepreneurship and helping small businesses complete their goals through automation!

When I'm not working, you kind find me spending time with my wife and dogs watching our favorite series. We love to travel and see new and interesting places. History has always been a passion of mine so you can find us in a city rich in history usually!

Work Experience

Technology Manager State Farm (2020 - Present)

  • Dual role as a product manager and architecture manager in a Big Data environment on top modernization effort
  • Manage 14 direct reports focused on architecting and building modern data pipelines backed by Spark and AWS
  • Focus on creating data pipelines and consumption patterns to make data more available to business patterns
  • Collaborate across multiple product suites with business leaders to determine architectural direction and priority for agile teams
  • Lead discussions on Devops, SRE, and other best development practices to ensure continued best practices
  • Worked with Enterprise partners to determine big data practices including ingestion patterns, schema evolution, and big data technology vision

Technology Engineer State Farm (2019 - 2020)

  • Responsible for techincal direction for 60+ people across 10 agile teams
  • Development of Public Cloud patterns across the Enterprise
  • Work directly with Business partners to drive business requirements and technical vision
  • Collaborate across many departments to develop an Enterprise Machine Learning strategy

Software Developer State Farm (2016 - 2019)

  • Led migration from on premise infrastructure to Public Cloud infrastructure
  • Product Owner of DevOps and Security team advancing DevSecOps principles
  • SME on Big Data technologies including Hadoop, Spark, and Kafka
  • DevOps Developer specializing in container technologies and CI/CD
  • Develop, design, and guide agile teams through complex solutions
  • Created mentoring and learning plans for Big Data technologies

Systems InternState Farm (2015)

  • Requirements writing with a heavy background in data movement and data mapping
  • SharePoint site developer

Automated Logistic SpecialistUnited States Army Reserve (2010-2018)

  • Responsible for hundreds of thousands dollars in parts, equipment, and vehicles
  • Squad leader with reponsibilities of leading 4-10 soldiers at a time.

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