James Rodenkirch

Entrepreneur, Leader, Mentor, Developer

Career Summary

James is a results-driven, articulate, and analytical, technical leader, with more than years experience in various areas of systems analysis, software development, and technical management. He has strong architecture and integration problem-solving skills and is an expert in open source web development technologies. James excels at building development teams and leading them towards success, and can communicate highly technical concepts to non-technical people.

Outside of work James hones his sarcastic wit on unexpecting people and spends an exorbitant amount of time grooming his beard.

Work Experience

Current VP of Product Engineering

Dealer Inspire Inc
06/2015 - Present

James joined Dealer Inspire in 2015 and was initially tasked with overseeing the development of Conversations, a live-chat communications platform. Because of the success he had with building a development team, implementing process improvements and architecture changes, his role was expanded to oversee all product development teams at Dealer Inspire (technical and product management).

Utilizing his experience with application development and technical leadership, he have been able to help ensure that new products are brought to market while existing product teams continue to innovate and lead the market with best-in-class products.

Achievements:

  • Implimented development best practices including code review, pull requests, team estimation, scheduling, and road map management
  • Grew the product development team from 2 developers to over 40
  • Led team reorganization efforts through massive company growth to stay proactive with future needs.
  • Introduced advancement paths for both technical and non technical career goals through Lead Developer and Director of Engineering roles.
  • Identified, promotoed, and mentored technical leaders as needed through various phases of team growth.

Current Owner / Developer

Active Binary LLC
2013 - Present

Through Active Binary I have worked with many clients to lead development efforts in various industries. At various times this has been my fulltime job, and at other times this has been an outlet for freelancing and continual learning.

Technical Lead / Developer

Dewpoint Inc
5/2013 - 6/2015
  • Led team of developers on projects dealing with offender risk assessment and case
  • Setup and supported virtualized development environment including automating project setup with Vagrant and native package installers (deb)
  • Implemented and oversaw development workflow and procedures including code review, release management, project management, ticketing tools and testing procedures
  • Worked with clients to determine requirements, project timelines, and cost estimates
  • Worked with project managers to develop and maintain integrated project schedules

Technologies used:

  • Linux
  • Windows Server
  • Apache
  • IIS
  • PHP
  • MySQL
  • MSSQL
  • Symfony2
  • Doctrine
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • Ajax
  • CSS
  • LESS
  • HTML 5
  • XML
  • REST
  • SOAP
  • GIT
  • Angular

Product Developer

Care Team Connect
12/2012 - 05/2013
  • Worked with HL7 data integration processes
  • Implemented services layer that was the foundation of a new workflow engine
  • Implemented new features and supported the existing production version of the application
  • Provided direction with SCM best practices

Technologies used:

  • Linux
  • Apache
  • PHP
  • PostgreSQL
  • CakePHP
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • Ajax
  • CSS
  • HTML 5
  • GIT

Product Development Manager

Red Cedar Solutions Group
03/2009 - 12/2012
  • Led teams of developers on multiple projects dealing with offender risk assessment and case management as well as educational data analytics
  • Setup and supported virtualized development environment including automating project setup with native package installers (deb)
  • Implemented and oversaw development workflow and procedures including code review, release management, project management, ticketing tools and testing procedures
  • Recommended and implemented application architectures including frameworks, ORMs, SCM, server platform and release deployment
  • Worked with clients to determine requirements, project timelines, and cost estimates
  • Mentored developers, facilitated professional development and performed performance reviews

Technologies used:

  • Linux
  • Windows Server
  • Apache
  • IIS
  • PHP
  • MySQL
  • MSSQL
  • Symfony2
  • Zend Framework
  • Doctrine
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • Ajax
  • CSS
  • LESS
  • HTML 5
  • XML
  • REST
  • SOAP
  • GIT
  • SVN

Programmer 3 / Team Lead

Rogers Software Development
03/2008 - 01/2009
  • Led team of developers on multiple projects
  • Recommended and implemented new ORM layer (Doctrine) to the main product
  • Acted as SVN lead. Merged multiple repositories and led efforts for branch restructuring and management
  • Coded and maintained server scripts for sending and receiving data from third parties via FTP
  • Led efforts to localize development and segregate development environments from production
  • Led efforts to centralize project work into companies project management system (Trac)

Technologies used:

  • Windows Server
  • Apache
  • PHP
  • MySQL
  • Zend Framework
  • Doctrine
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • CSS
  • HTML 4
  • SVN

Internet Services Developer

WS Packaging Group Inc
09/2007 - 03/2008
  • Maintained customer portal site in Mason/Perl
  • Developed intranet in Ruby on Rails
  • Supported server scripts written in Perl and Ruby
  • Developed applications with Perl, JavaScript, Ajax

Technologies used:

  • Linux
  • Apache
  • Perl
  • Ruby on Rails
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • Ajax

Internet Applications Developer

Independent Printing Company Inc
02/2007 - 08/2007
  • Integrated third party shopping cart with legacy ordering system using XML and XSLT
  • Maintained division e-commerce site in C# .Net
  • Support company fulfillment system written in Prolifics Panther
  • Provide end-user support and training for company's web-based applications

Technologies used:

  • Windows
  • .Net
  • C#
  • VB.NET
  • Oracle
  • XML
  • XSLT

Web Developer

Delta Dental of WI
06/2005 - 02/2007
  • Implemented multi-developer source code control system (SVN), code promote system and SOP's
  • Documented web usability and coding standards
  • Acted as technical lead and architect for a three-person web team
  • Developed and supported authenticated portals for multiple types of users
  • Designed and developed a custom templating framework and CMS
  • Interfaced the website with DB2 running on an IBM iSeries
  • Provided direction with emerging technologies and strategies to keep applications current
  • Assisted with server setup and performance adjustments

Technologies used:

  • Linux
  • Apache
  • PHP
  • MySQL
  • DB2
  • Zend Framework
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • CSS
  • HTML 4
  • SVN

Web Developer

EZ-Net Inc
04/2002 - 06/2005

Designed and developed websites for clients

Web Developer

GreenBayNet Inc
09/1999 - 04/2002

Designed and developed websites for clients

Skills

Leadership

  • Process Improvement
  • Team Building
  • People Management
  • Forecasting
  • Scheduling
  • Priority Management
  • Project Management

Development

  • PHP
  • SQL
  • Javasctipt
  • HTML/CSS

Others

  • Architecure
  • DevOps
  • Code Review
  • Git
  • Wireframing
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • SASS

Education

  • Lakeland University
    Major: Business Administration
    Emphasis: Management
    Minor: Computer Science
    2012 - 2018