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Chris Willbanks

  • Director, Information Technology at Circadence
  • San Diego, California, United States Computer & Network Security

Previous positions

  • Information Technology Telecommunications Manager at DOD
  • Communications Specialist Teacher at DOD

Education

University of Charleston, Bachelor’s Degree, Organizational Leadership

Background

Summary

I love my wife and two sons, a true family-man. I also love classic cars, Alabama football, and traveling. I am passionate about ITwork because it is an ever-evolving industry filled with innovation, security, and opportunity. Professional Experience: I have 13 years of experience within Naval Special Warfare, troubleshooting and repairing IT systems, networks and communications equipment. Creative and flexible trainer with three years of teaching experience. High energy, fun spirited, well organized leader, expert problem solver, dynamic trainer, continual learner, highly adaptable customer service professional. Looking for like minded individuals to continue to grow my network and continue to grow and learn in the IT Specialist field of study.

Experience

  • Director Of Information Technology

    Circadence

    June 2018 – Present (1 year 4 months)

    Responsible for building relationships with external IT vendors and service providers. Making recommendations for the improvement of the IT infrastructure of IT systems. Reviewing the performance of IT systems to determine operating costs, productivity levels, and upgrade requirements.

  • IT Operations Manager

    Circadence

    March 2018 – Present (1 year 7 months) San Diego, California

    Served as an integral member of the technical support team for the Circadence Information Systems division. Responsible for managing corporate IT infrastructure, personnel and government funded equipment in support of various company products and services. Works in a highly collaborative environment interacting with operations, finance/accounting, payroll, and HR.

  • Information Technology Specialist

    Special Boat Unit 12

    February 2017 – Present (2 years 8 months) Greater San Diego Area

    Currently I support over 300 personnel in multiple locations worldwide with all aspects of IT and RF networking.

  • Information Technology Telecommunications Manager

    DOD

    January 2013 – January 2017 (4 years) Stuttgart Area, Germany

    Planner, trainer and organizer of multi-million dollar networks and systems across three different continents.

  • Communications Specialist Teacher

    DOD

    August 2009 – January 2013 (3 years 5 months) San Diego

    Taught all aspects of communications, radio frequency, and information technology systems. With a focus on CompTIA, Harris, SPAWAR, BAE, and Raytheon systems.

  • Information Technology Telecommunications

    DOD

    June 2006 – August 2009 (3 years 2 months) Greater San Diego Area

    Provided communications, networking, and radio frequency equipment troubleshooting and repair in multi-cultural environments, working with large groups with diverse cultural background.

  • Construction

    Hammond Masonary

    1993 – 1997 Chattanooga, Tennessee Area

    Provided labor services in the brick mason industry.

Education

  • University of Charleston

    Bachelor’s Degree, Organizational Leadership

    2015 – 2017

  • Dr. Pfau Public Speaking and Executive Image Training

    Certificate of Achievement, High Impact Presentations

    2014 – 2014

    Dr. Pfau’s course has been rated the most outstanding speaking and image course in North America for more than 15 years.It includes more than 100 key communication principles, many of which are not offered in any other speaking course. Itgives participants multiple opportunities to practice specific strategies for gaining self confidence (strategies that are sometimes copied but never duplicated by any other training organization).

  • Central Texas College

    Associate of Science (A.S.), Applied Electronics

    2000 – 2010

  • Syracuse University

    Information Systems Security Certified Professional Training

Additional Info

Skills & Expertise

  • Training
  • Leadership
  • Tactical Planning
  • CompTIA A+
  • International Logistics
  • Operational Planning
  • Scrum master
  • Vendor Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Military Experience
  • Satellite Communications (SATCOM)
  • Satellite Networking
  • Project Management
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Logistics Management
  • CompTIA Security+
  • Satellite Command & Control
  • Public Speaking
  • Organizational Learning
  • IT Management
  • Microsoft Office
  • IT Operations
  • Fundraising
  • Program Management
  • Customer Service
  • Lesson Planning
  • Research
  • Management
  • Military Operations
  • Information Security
  • Virtual Private Network (VPN)
  • Teaching
  • Project Planning
  • Tactical Communications
  • Organizational Culture
  • Networking
  • Team Building
  • Social Media
  • Security Clearance
  • Military
  • CompTIA Network+
  • Computer Security
  • Security
  • Social Networking
  • Network Administration
  • Organizational Development

Certifications

  • Comptia A+

    CompTIA Security+ Network+ A+ Server+ HIT+ Trainer, License
  • Security +

    CompTIA, License

    April 2010

  • Network +

    CompTIA, License

    April 2010

  • Master Training Specialist

    , License

    June 2010

  • SCRUM Master

    Scrum Alliance, License 000780378

    May 2018 – May 2020

  • Certified Scrum Product Owner® (CSPO®)

    Scrum Alliance, License 1110865

    August 2019 – August 2021

Courses

Circadence

  • Palo Alto Networks

DOD

  • Project Management Professional

Independent Coursework

  • Microsoft (70-270)
  • Linux + (Operating Systems)
  • Comptia A+ (Certification)
  • Comptia Net+ (Certification)
  • Comptia Security + (Certifications)

Volunteer Experience & Causes

Causes Chris cares about:

  • Children
  • Civil Rights and Social Action
  • Disaster and Humanitarian Relief
  • Economic Empowerment
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Human Rights
  • Science and Technology