Scott Blevins

Software Engineer

Introduction

I'm an enthusiastic, friendly, and outgoing software engineer who is extremely passionate about building better things. I love technology and I have dedicated my life to staying current in my industry.

Some of my proudest achievements have happened during my time at BriteCore where I led the way in creating a tested, scalable, and robust insurance processing system for the cloud.

Experience

BriteCore - Director of Engineering

April 2011 - Present

Originally hired as a front-end developer and was subsequently promoted to Chief Engineer, and then to Director of Engineering. During my time at BriteCore I oversaw the creation of continuous integration / automated testing, nightly releases, version control with Git, a remote work environment, passion projects, and a custom, push-button deployment system into AWS named "Marshmallow Cloud".

I have spent the past five years building better tools and processes which have directly saved hundreds of thousands of dollars and prevented countless catastrophic releases.

  • Responsible for all aspects of managing the engineering department.
  • Responsible for hiring and developing new engineering talent.
  • Oversaw the creation of automated testing and CI.
  • Re-wrote and improved key modules of the BriteCore application such as accounting, API, and payments.
  • Created a new and robust testing framework for our disparate front-end systems.
  • Transitioned department from SCRUM (in-office) to a fully remote, post-SCRUM environment.
  • Developed a stand-alone system for complex sorting and printing of insurance documents.
  • Developed application for launching all new production and test instances of BriteCore.
  • Oversaw the transition from SVN to Git / GitHub.
  • Managed the department during significant financial hardship. Responsible for retaining top talent.
  • Created many internal tools and systems which have had significant impact on productivity and are still in use.
  • Oversaw three SOC-I Type II audits with 0 or 1 exception(s) noted each year.
  • Maintained PCI compliance.
  • Became CRISC certified to create better audit controls and activities.
  • Assisted with the sales and marketing process. Included in sales-trips to be the friendly face of software engineering.
  • Gave technology presentations for insurance organizations.


Branson Tourism Center - Senior Developer / DevOps Engineer

February 2009 - April 2011

Working with Branson Tourism Center was a wonderful experience where I got to work with a diverse group of programmers and creative talent. My responsibilities included maintaining a network of servers and client workstations as well as developing a capable and user-friendly ticketing application for Branson shows and attractions.

  • Developed and maintained ticketing software.
  • Developed and maintained scheduling systems.
  • Maintained servers using early DevOps systems.
  • Wrote software to enable communication with legacy systems.


Owner - MacroGeek

November 2007 - April 2011

While I have always done freelance technology work, even back to my childhood, this was my first ever official technology company. I am proud of the applications I wrote for a variety of industries. I wrote web-based software for companies ranging from textbook stores to medical practices. As an early adopter of the web-based application paradigm, I specialized in writing software that ran anywhere and was able to be used concurrently across the globe.

Skills

  • Python
  • Flask
  • Django
  • SQLAlchemy
  • MySQL · Aurora
  • Postgres
  • Javscript
  • Coffeescript
  • Node
  • Git · SVN
  • UX / UI Design
  • Knockout
  • Bootstrap
  • Angular
  • jQuery
  • MooTools
  • Grunt
  • NPM
  • PHP
  • C#
  • Ruby · Rails
  • Vim
  • Rails
  • DevOps
  • Boto
  • Docker
  • Packer
  • Vagrant
  • Jenkins
  • Amazon Web Services
  • API Design
  • Linux
  • Windows
  • Mac OS
  • Mobile App Development
  • iOS
  • Android
  • Pandas
  • NumPy
  • LESS / SASS
  • ...

Open Source Projects

I love open source. While my current position didn't afford an enormous amount of time to contribute, I took as many opportunities as I could to give back. While I have contributed to many projects in the past, here are more of my recent efforts.

PyBambooHR

Creator: Python library for connecting to Bamboo HR's API

This is probably one of my most widely-used pieces of open source software. I wrote this one afternoon to allow one of our internal systems to automatically retrieve information about our employees.

PyToggl

Creator: Python library for connecting to Toggl

This is another library I wrote in an afternoon because of a need I had for connecting Toggl to our internal systems. I needed a way to do some more advanced data analysis on our production capabilities.

PyDrive

Contributor: Official Google Drive Python library

Added some much needed functionality as well as made the source-code PEP8 compliant.

Impression

Creator: Simple but robust blogging software

I wrote this because none of the software that was available did quite what I wanted it to. I never really published it out into the world or made any efforts at marketing it but it definitely still serves my purposes and is being used for the BriteCore Blog. (http://news.britecore.com)

Bootbar

Creator: Notifcation bar plugin for Bootstrap + jQuery / Zepto

I wanted a clean way to display Bootstrap compatible information bars with options for their persistence as well as how they disappear.