The Resume of Brian Rountree


I am currently very happy at Rackspace and have no plans to explore other opportunities. Oh, and I'm hiring. Like crazy! Work for Rackspace


I am the Director of Control Panel Engineering for the Rackspace, the Open Cloud Company

I am a seasoned software professional that slings code, build teams, launch products and fosters a passion for continuous improvement. Before Rackspace, I had a hand in creating 3 of the largest web properties in existence while I was a Senior Software Architect at Yahoo..

Proven track record of building and launching new products as well as cleaning up and scaling existing products. Experienced in public sector as well as private sector organizations as well as enterprises both large and small.


Rackspace, The Open Cloud Company

San Antonio, TX

Director of Control Panel Engineering

January 2011 - Present
  • I am the Director of Control Panel Engineering for the Rackspace, the Open Cloud Company
  • Overall responsibility for engineering and operations efforts related to external and internal control panels
  • Responsible for the overall architecture decisions for our technology stack

Yahoo! Inc. — Finance

Sunnyvale CA

Global Front End Engineering Tech Lead

April 2008 - December 2010
  • Technical lead for new international front end team at Yahoo!
  • Provided technical leadership to a global team of 10 Front End Engineers
  • Responsible for the overall architecture decisions for client side code for Yahoo! Finance
  • Launched 2 new real-time quote projects in rapid succession. Real Time Quote Summary and Real Time Order Book Information
  • Integrated a front end build process to allow easy development as well as a deployment that follows all 14 of Yahoo!'s Exceptional Performance Guidelines.

Yahoo! Inc. — Shine

Sunnyvale CA

Front End Engineering Tech Lead

September 2007 - April 2008
  • Major new media site initiative at Yahoo!
  • Acted as the liaison between Engineering and UED to ensure site design would be highly performant as well as appealing
  • Provided technical leadership to 5 Front End Engineers, and was responsible for the initial requirements assessment and task scheduling
  • Integrated a front end build process to allow easy development as well as a deployment that follows all 14 of Yahoo!'s Exceptional Performance Guidelines.
  • Worked with the YUI team to extend the Rich Text Editor control to allow for image uploads as well as real-time video embedding and preiew
  • Project launch: March 31, 2008

Yahoo! Inc. — Yahoo! Tech

Sunnyvale CA

Front End Engineering Tech Lead

January 2006 - January 2008
  • Provided technical leadership to 4 Front End Engineers
  • Built a full ajax search integration using data from Yahoo! Shopping
  • Integrated multiple news feeds from Yahoo! News
  • Built out interactions and UE flourishes on the Quick Guides
  • Helped build an http web service-based reusable, modular, presentation framework to support several Yahoo! Media web sites.
  • Recruited by engineering managers across media properties to assist on projects due to excellent performance on Tech team.

Yahoo! Inc. — Yahoo! Health

Sunnyvale CA

Front End Engineering Tech Lead

January 2007 - April 2007
  • Served as a front end architect for the redesign and relaunch of Yahoo! Health
  • Built DHTML widgets and modules such as menus, carousels and tab sets in a reusable, highly performant manner based on the YUI
  • Advised the front end engineering team on issues of CSS, Javascript, and HTML
  • Provided mentorship and guidance for other web developers


La Jolla CA

Portal User Experience Engineer

December 2004 - December 2005 Note: Most of the work I was responsible for here is either classified, or for internal employee usage only
  • Managed front end engineering tasks associated with maintaining an existing company intranet (accessed by 50.000 employees every day)
  • Provide technical leadership for new feature development.
  • Designed, built and deployed a semantically correct, standards-based set of html templates for the company intranet
  • Created all the CSS to control the presentation of the new templates
  • Mentored existing web team staff in areas such as Javascript development, AJAX, web standards, CSS, etc.
  • User interface and front end engineering lead on 3 patented web applications for the Air Force

WebSideStory (acquired by Omniture in 2007)

La Jolla CA

Customer Relationship Manager

September 2004 - December 2004 Note: Sometime in 2007, WebSideStory was acquired by Omniture.
  • Primary focus was on managing the implementation of our real-time web analytics code-base within my customer's web assets
  • I handled the user interface training, both on-site and virtual
  • Technical support facilitation, account setup and renewals on an ongoing basis for customers
  • I was responsible for 4+ million dollars of annual revenue for WebSideStory's subscription based application services.


La Jolla CA

Senior Systems Architect & User Interface Designer

April 2004 - September 2004
  • Responsibility for the overall hardware, software planning and design for LogicalIS customers in the western region
  • As a member of the Professional Services group, I was presented with a diverse range of customers spanning many industries and my broad-based technology background allows me to design forward thinking, standards-based applications to meet my customers business needs
  • I handled the user interface design, planning, and development for multiple SunONE portal implementations


San Diego CA

Portal Architect, Office of the Chief Technology Officer

April 2001 - July 2003
  • My primary responsibility as Portal Architect was to design and oversee the deployment of the internet portals for all 8 City Council members as well as the Mayor, City Attorney and City Auditor
  • As the Subject Matter Expert for Portal, XML, XHTML, XSLT, CSS, I was a member of the SDDPC Architecture Committee, which has full oversight over the technical direction of the City
  • In addition I had design authority over the following enterprise technologies: SunONE Portal 6.0, BEA Portal 7.0, XML/XSLT, W3C Standards Compliance, CSS, 508B, WAI and Enterprise Content Management

Viador Inc.

Mountain View, CA

Manager, Western Region Consulting

Feb 2000 - April 2001
  • As the Manager of the Western Region Consulting Practice, I was responsible for a distributed team of professional service engineers
  • I had full P&L responsibility for all profession services revenue in the western states
  • I also acted as a project manager for complex portal technology implementations, a technical mentor to my team, and a resources manager for a seasoned team of technical field consultants.
  • In addition to being responsible for the allocation of resources onto projects in my region to best meet customer expectations, I maintained an 40 percent billable tim ratio for my region.

Software Dynamics Inc.

Woodland Hills, CA

Senior CRM Systems Engineer

April 1999 - Feb 2000
  • As the Senior CRM Engineer for Software Dynamic Incorporated, I was responsible for designing, building and deploying a suite of CRM applications for the banking industry
  • These systems fully leveraged the SDI framework to provide customer data down to the individual delivery channels.
  • In addition, I managed the implementation of CIMS within the Zeus Teller, Platform and Call Center application servers
  • Worked with SDIs development team to customize their core applications, enabling them to utilize the latest in data warehousing technologies.

Fujitsu-ICL Systems

La Jolla CA

Senior Systems Engineer

February 1996 - April 1999
  • Helped develop a patented software product allowing banks to personalize the ATM user experience "PrecisionDelivery"
  • Provided consulting and implementation support for Fujitsu ICL clients
  • Supported the implementation of PrecisionDelivery at a major West Coast financial institution
  • Designed and deployed an enterprise wide software distribution system connecting over 150 ATMs for automated reporting and software maintenance
  • Developed a relational database application to automate the receipt, distribution and implementation of Engineering Changes
  • Implemented tracking controls for the reimbursement of applied Engineering Changes for ICLs parent company Fujitsu Limited
  • Involved in major engineering projects for the release of ICLs Landmark automated teller machine product line


Highly proficient

  • Semantic HTML/XHTML
  • CSS
  • Javascript
  • JSON
  • AJAX
  • XML
  • XSLT
  • Object-oriented Javascript
  • Cross Browser Development/Browser Quirks
  • Perceived/Actual Page Load Time Optimization
  • YUI Library
  • Accessibility

Extensive proficiency

  • PHP 4 / PHP 5
  • yApache
  • HTTP Web Services
  • Macintosh OS X
  • CVS
  • Service Oriented Architecture
  • Adobe CS3
  • Adobe Fireworks
  • Agile Scrum

Moderate proficiency

  • mySQL
  • Windows 95-XP
  • IIS
  • ASP
  • Adobe Flash
  • Actionscript (AS2 and AS3)
  • Flex/AS3
  • Localization/Internationalization
  • Perl


Desktop Software

  • MS Office
  • Adobe Creative Suite CS3
  • Dreamweaver CS3
  • Flash CS3
  • Fireworks CS3
  • Freehand MX 2004
  • Microsoft Project
  • XMLSpy
  • TextMate
  • Style Master
  • SunONE Studio
  • WebSideStory HBX
  • WebSideStory Report Builder

Server Software

  • WebLogic / WebSphere
  • PHP
  • yApache
  • mySQL
  • SunONE Portal
  • BEA Portal
  • Viador Portal
  • Moveable Type
  • WordPress
  • Business Objects
  • SunONE Identity
  • WebSideStory HBX