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Software Engineering & Architecture
Enterprise Technologies
Technology Roadmap
Strategic Planning & Direction
Organizational Leadership
Customer/Vendor Relations
Team Development & Leadership
Process Improvement
Agile Methodologies
Object Oriented Design

Master of Music / Music Theory
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH

Bachelor of Arts / Music
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA

(and experience with many others)
Technologies & Frameworks
Rails · Roda · Grape · Sequel
React · jQuery
PostgreSQL · MySQL · SQLServer
Redis · MongoDB
Amazon AWS
Jason Rogers PDF icon
Software Craftsman
Senior technology and software development leader with a record of success in technical and operations management, product development, and software architecture. Able to drive technical, architectural, and organizational decisions, and to build efficient, scalable, and maintainable systems. Successful in creating vision, identifying opportunities, and effectively directing all aspects of the software development life-cycle (SDLC). An active and involved coach and mentor, able to guide others towards success. 20+ years of Agile experience.
Institutional Shareholder Services
2017 - PRESENT
Associate Director, Governance Data Engineering
Responsible for overseeing technical aspects of DataDesk suite of applications and services, mentoring the team in best practices, and advancing development practices.
  • Modernized tech stack for new micro-services and legacy services (languages, frameworks, SCM, logging, etc.)
  • Proponent and trainer of Agile methodologies
  • Trained team in peer code reviews and paired programming
  • Automated all aspects of release from build to promotion and created an SRE practice
  • Designed and developed several new offerings, helping to increase platform revenues
  • Rearchitected backend query engine to enable scalability, high availability, and observability
Upper Hand Software, Inc
2016 - 2017
Chief Technology Officer
Responsible for overseeing all technical aspects of the company. Established best practices for the development and use of technological resources to attain goals set forth in the company's strategic plan.
  • Established the company's technical vision and lead all aspects of the company's technological development.
  • Directed the company's strategic direction, development and future growth.
  • Worked in a consultative fashion with other department heads, such as marketing, production and operations as an advisor of technologies that may improve their efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Provided leadership to department heads in a fashion that supports the company's culture, mission and values.
  • Conducted research and case studies on leading edge technologies and made determinations on the probability of implementation.
  • Acted as a good steward of the company's resources and ensured control of departmental budgets.
Samasource Inc
2012 - 2016
Director of Engineering
Managed and grew a globally distributed team of engineers in an effort to eradicate poverty by connecting marginalized women and youth to dignified work via the Internet
  • Managed the SDLC for the SamaHub (a crowd-sourcing platform for MicroworkTM) using proven Agile principles, with an annual R&D budget of $1.3MM
  • Managed most company-wide technology efforts across a wide spectrum of needs (e.g. corporate websites, intranet, communications tools, service desk platform)
  • Primary Technologies & Languages: Amazon AWS, Ruby, CoffeeScript, Backbone, jQuery, Redis, MongoDB, PostgreSQL, Nginx, Unicorn, Heroku
Dell Inc
2011 - 2012
Software Development Senior Engineer
Collaboratively led and designed greenfield projects for Dell Cloud Business Applications (DCBA)
  • Designed and implemented web services and application UI for a cloud- based Business Intelligence Reporting Tool (BIRT)
  • Primary Technologies & Languages: Java, Ruby, jQuery, Spring, Sinatra, MySQL, Tomcat, Apache, Salesforce.com
MSCI (RiskMetrics Group)
2003 - 2011
Vice President of Engineering
Managed two teams of engineers creating mission-critical business applications
  • Applications included:
    • Internal project management software
    • Management Information Systems for financial reporting (leveraging Salesforce.com and internal tools)
    • ProxyExchange CRM: A communications and data hub for the
    • ProxyExchange platform and other applications throughout the Governance business
    • Capture: A company-profiling application capturing key metrics for governance and corporate social responsibility (CSR)
    • Integrations for different business units (connecting Risk and Credit BUs to the Governance BU)
  • Developed two courses for internal training of our engineers — Principles of Object-Oriented Design and Analysis, and Agile Methodology Practices
  • Primary Technologies & Languages: Java, jRuby, Ext-JS, Tomcat, Apache, Oracle, MySQL, Smalltalk, Salesforce.com
Menlo Innovations
2001 - 2003
Senior Consultant (sub-contractor)
  • University of Michigan Health Systems
    • Consulted on the rewrite/redesign and upgrade of the Organ Transplantation Information System (OTIS)
  • ProQuest
    • Consulted on HeritageQuestOnline (a US Census index and image retrieval application)
Great Lakes Technology Group
2001 - 2001
Application Engineer
Led engineering team in recovery of a recently delivered and error-filled web application for dealership marketing needs
  • Introduced automated testing, reducing production bugs by 20%
  • Introduced automated builds and source control management
Tumbleweed Communications (Interface Systems)
1999 - 2001
Software Engineer
Member of the XP development team for L2iTM electronic statements delivery software, a technology enabling organizations to deliver legacy (mainframe) information to clients via the Internet, wireless devices, and cell phones.