Chad Norwood


Chicago IL 60647

chad AT    
Last Updated: 2017-11-6


Seeking software engineering management opportunities in the city of Chicago.

Career Summary

Over 20 years experience as software engineer and over 3 years as manager. Passionate about ensuring business is heading in the right direction, efficiently delivering quality work of my teams, and enabling engineers to be the best they can be. Worn many hats prior to management, such as QA, programmer, architect, team lead, documenter, and technical project manager. Focused primarily on web and open source software including frontend coding and design as well as supporting backend services and databases.


Opticsplanet, aka Ecentria, Chicago, IL. 5/2013 - 4/2017
E-commerce and technology company

Critical Mass, Chicago, IL. 3/2010 - 5/2012
Digital Advertising Agency providing Marketing, Strategy, Branding, Creative, Technical, Analytics. MidVentures, Chicago, IL. 2/2009 - 10/2009
Web 2.0 company providing leading-edge software, design, marketing, and venture funding solutions Yahoo, Sunnyvale, CA. 8/2003 - 4/2006 (3 years)
Joined Yahoo search engineering team when it had 30 people, which grew to 600+ during my tenure due to yahoo switching from using google search results to using yahoo search results. Cloudmark, San Francisco, CA. 4/2002 - 9/2002 (5 months)
Anti-spam email startup company. Designed, wrote, tested and maintained the client code for Vipul's Razor 2.0 Critical Path, San Francisco, CA. 7/1998 - 9/2001 (3+ years)
Email hosting startup company. Was 56th employee hired, raised $42 million in 1998 before IPO. Company peaked at over 1,000 people during my tenure. Intel, Santa Clara, CA. 7/1995-6/1998 (3 years)
Began as a Graduate Rotation Engineer, a leadership program for recent university graduates IBM, 1992 - 1993 (1.5 years) Independent Consultant, 1999 - present


Languages: Javascript (browser and server-side), PHP, Perl, python, HTML/CSS/SASS, ruby, C, C++, Java
Development: AngularJS, Symfony, Twitter Bootstrap, RabbitMQ, Amazon Web Services, Heroku,
Community: github, CPAN author, Sourceforge project admin, Greasemonkey
Servers: Node.js, ElasticSearch, Nginx, Apache, Bind, Dents, Sendmail, Exim, PerLDAP
Databases: MongoDB (nosql), MySQL, Oracle
Tools: Atlassian suite (bitbucket, jira, confluence, bamboo), git, svn, cvs; sublime, phpstorm, eclipse; trac
OS: Mac OS X; Linux: Ubuntu, Debian; Solaris; FreeBSD; Windows 10/8/XP/2000/98/95/NT


B.S. Computer Engineering, minor Computer Science, Graduated 1995 from Virginia Tech
750 GMAT Score, November 2008


US Citizen.  Enjoy biking, running, snowboarding, camping, hiking, backpacking, traveling, photography, cooking, music shows, burningman, continuing education, exploring leading edge technology and social tools, founding member of the Homebrew Club of Virginia Tech, IEEE member, and Eagle Scout.