Lew Ayotte

—— A damn good manager, developer, and systems administrator.

Solutions-oriented and highly analytical manager, developer and systems administrator with over a decade of professional experience in the information technology industry. Possesses a broad base of knowledge in a variety of programming languages such as PHP and PERL, as well as a variety of enterprise level operating systems such as Ubuntu, RHEL, and Microsoft Windows Server. Specialized experience in WordPress and Laravel development, MySQL/MariaDB, and GIT/SVN version control. Dedicated to maintaining a reputation built on quality, service, and uncompromising ethics.

Primary Skills

  • Team Building
  • PHP 5 and 7
  • WordPress Development
  • Laravel Development
  • MySQL / MariaDB
  • JavaScript, jQuery, AJAX, Backbone, Underscore, Vue
  • Object Oriented Programming (C++, Java)
  • LEMP and LAMP stack administration
  • Ubuntu, RHEL 5/6 (RHCE Certified) and FreeBSD
  • PERL / BASH Scripting

Fun Facts

Can solve a Rubik’s Cube

Contributing author to Finding Church

Executive Producer of the No Agenda Show

Co-Executive Producer of the Daily Tech News Show

Liquid Web / iThemes

May 1, 2013 – Present

Manager of Development

February 2019 – Present

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Senior Developer

May 2013 – February 2019

  • Lead Developer of iThemes Sync – A SAAS Platform and WordPress Plugin. Sync is an easy way to manage updates for all your WordPress sites from one place.
    • WordPress Management
    • Core / Plugin / Theme Updates
    • User Management
    • Post & Page Management
    • Comment Management
    • Uptime Monitoring with Uptime Robot API Integration
    • Reporting Manual and Scheduled
    • Backup Management with Backup Buddy Integration
    • Security Management with iThemes Security
    • Google API Integrations (Google Analytics, Search Console)
  • Lead Developer of iThemes Exchange e-commerce plugin for WordPress.
    • PayPal Standard and Secure options
    • Offline Payments
    • Stripe
    • Recurring Payments
    • Membership with bbPress and BuddyPress support
    • Easy U.S. Sales Tax integrated with TaxCloud APIs
    • Easy EU Value Added Tax
    • Easy Canadian Sales Tax
    • Mailchimp
    • Manual Purchases
    • Table Rate Shipping

Freelance DevOps

February 2008 – Present

Zeen101 (partner)

February 2008 – Present

  • Developer of livemarket.pub – A hands-off, recurring revenue, live-ad platform for local and niche publishers. SAAS Application built with Laravel with a WordPress plugin interface.
  • Developer of UniPress – A mobile app API plugin for WordPress.
  • Developer of Leaky Paywall – A paywall plugin for WordPress.
  • Developer of IssueM – An issue management plugin for WordPress.
  • Administrator of AnvilCloud – A premium web hosting solution offered to Newspaper and Magazine Publishers for over 30 publishers nationwide. Built on Amazon Web Services (AWS) implementing LEMP stacks using EC2 Instances, CloudFront CDN, and S3 for speed and reliability.
  • Built custom investment tracking app for New Energy Capital to track vendor profiles, investments, contacts, as well as run complicated and customizable reports.

SysPress (owner)

February 2008 – Present

Other Relevant Experiences

University of Georgia

August 4, 2008 to April 26, 2013
Athens, GA

  • Chaired Website Redesign Committee, supporting 250 Faculty, 500 Staff, and over 4500 Students.
    • Worked with Associated Deans, Department Heads, and Staff of 9 Academic and 5 Administrative departments.
    • Reduced overhead by directing the implementation to the freely available Content Management System, WordPress.
    • Consulted with Associated Deans to develop policies and procedures for continuous development.
  • Consulted on the development, security, and implementation of a College of Education Student Information System (required to meet FERPA and HIPAA regulations).
  • Built strategic intra-university partnerships.
    • University-wide I.D. Management Committee member for converting and migrating from SSN to UGA Student ID.
    • Acting Internet Security and UGA Network liaison for the College of Education.
  • Collaborated on 5-Year Strategic Plan for the Office of Information Technology in concert with the Dean’s Office.
  • Managed teams of three web developers, four helpdesk technicians, and one junior administrator.
  • Responsible for managing and maintaining eight Red Hat Enterprise Level servers and two Windows servers, running services like:
    • RHEL: Apache, MySQL, PHP, and ColdFusion with WordPress, Moodle, cPanel, Nagios, Cacti, OSSEC, and Splunk; as well as many in-house PHP and ColdFusion webapps.
    • Windows: IIS, MySQL, PHP, ASP, Active Directory, Backup Exec, and Enkompass.
  • Consolidated and secured all servers offering web hosting services to faculty and graduate students.
  • Developed and taught an 8-hours of WordPress training course for the staff of the University of Georgia — broke up into four 2-hour sessions.
  • Received Honorable Mention in the 2008 IBM Master the Mainframe Contest (out of 1,876 participants).
  • Red Hat Certified Systems Administrator – RHEL 6 – Certificate ID: 120-051-883

Alterra Networks

April 7, 2008 to August 4, 2008
Dublin, GA

  • Installed, setup, configured and managed new Windows servers and services for Alterra Network’s clients.
  • Required to learn new customer’s systems and setups quickly and on the spot to help troubleshoot and resolve any issues in a timely manner.
  • Provided consulting expertise for proactive network and system development and deployment.
  • Required to work on a team as well as independently.

IBM (CTG Contractor)

April 23, 2007 to February 1, 2008
Raleigh, NC

  • Tested newly developed BIOS code drops for defects on IBM blades, running all enterprise level operating systems, Windows Server, Red Hat, OpenSUSE, etc.
  • Reported, researched, and verified defects to BIOS testing team and BIOS developers.
  • Developed step-by-step manual for BIOS testing IBM System Z mainframe.
  • Received “Above and Beyond” award for extraordinary dedicated and contribution in October 2007.

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

February 07, 2005 to May 11, 2007
Wake Forest, NC

  • Maintained and monitored Windows server (NT, 2000, and 2003) running services like, MS Exchange, Active Directory, CIFS, Cold Fusion, and IIS.
  • Researched and implemented new services for Faculty, Staff and Students of the school.
  • Assisted in the development of in-house applications using various languages, such as, PERL, ASP, ColdFusion, VB.NET.
  • Wrote detailed instructions and tutorials for end user applications.
  • Responsible for responding to intradepartmental work-orders and tickets.

Great Works Internet

December 07, 2000 to November 12, 2004
Biddeford, ME

  • Managed UNIX (FreeBSD/BSDi) servers running services like Cistron Radius and FreeRadius, OpenLDAP, Sendmail, BIND, DHCP, Apache, PHP, MySQL, IPF, VPOPMail, and Qmail.
  • Required to know and develop shell scripts in PERL and BASH used by technical support staff.
  • Required to research and respond to interdepartmental escalations in a timely and professional manner.
  • Wrote, performed, and documented details system upgrades (hardware and software).
  • Responsible for 24/7 on-call rotation.


Bachelors of Arts in Biblical Studies

Graduated: December, 2007
GPA: 3.60/4.00
The College at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Wake Forest, NC

Bachelors of Science in Computer Science

Transferred 96 credit hours to Southeastern
University of Southern Maine
Portland, ME

High School Diploma

Graduated: May, 1998
Thornton Academy
Saco, ME