Dr. Gregory John Killian

4544 Highline Drive SE

Olympia, WA 98501

(360) 918-2905 - Cell



December 21, 2012

Dear Hiring Manager,


As a successful IBM mainframe systems programmer and hands-on Director for 30 years, with a solid background in z/OS and Windows, I have been the leader for multiple infrastructure projects involving mainframe and distributed systems, performance tuning, capacity planning, troubleshooting, project management, hardware sizing, cooling, upgrades, data and systems migration. I have been Intimately involved in data center planning, operations, management, and production control. I possess planning, leadership, presentation, written, and oral communication skills. My strengths are in mentoring, teaching, research, tactical and strategic planning, and in the execution of plans. My adopted quote is:  If not now, when?


My skills for this position include a solid understanding of z/OS, mainframe, and Windows server technologies that I have used to execute many successful software and hardware projects. As the senior systems programmer, I have been managing mainframe hardware and software projects in a complex multi-platform environments, for more than thirty years. During this time I have been involved in problem management, capacity planning, performance improvement, problem escalation, and building business cases for technology changes and process improvements.


Communicating with executive management, business units leaders, and vendors has been a normal part of my career. Understanding business unit needs has been a key ingredient of my success. These skills have been used to understand day to day issues and for the successful completion of major multi-million dollar, hardware and software projects.


My ability to research and apply technology to business needs has been a significant strength in my career, having managed the projects which migrated major applications from Wintel environments to both AIX and mainframe environments, managed mainframe and distributed hardware upgrades, software upgrades, and infrastructure components. I work well as a catalyst with high performance groups as they innovate with diverse projects that include: Interfacing Siri on the iPhone 4S with the mainframe, and using crowd sourcing to populate mainframe based mapping projects. In short, I am an innovator. Imagine using your phone to get answers from DB2?


I am a very enthusiastic, high energy leader with proven leadership, technical, and communications skills that could be used to build, or continue, a dynamic environment with growth opportunities for the business and for the staff. I appreciate the time that you are taking to read this letter and to review the attached resume. I would love to further discuss my skills with you in person.


Sincerely yours,


Dr.Greg Killian

Dr. Gregory John Killian

4544 Highline Drive SE

Olympia, WA 98501

(360) 918-2905 - Cell




  • Managed corporate data center assets, IT vendor relationships, provisioning, and budgeting of infrastructure related assets.
  • In-depth knowledge and experience in mainframe hardware and software architecture, performance tuning, capacity planning, project management, infrastructure planning and implementation.
  • Experience in budgeting, capital planning, goals and objectives, modeling, ERP, and performance measurement.
  • Experience evaluating, maintaining, and resolving data center power, cooling, and HVAC issues.
  • Recruited, managed, evaluated, and mentored systems programmers, and production support analysts.
  • Significant experience in  disaster recovery planning, implementation, and testing.
  • Planned and tested disaster recovery / business resumption processes.
  • Designed, implemented, and documented management processes that support regulatory compliance.



Washington State DOT  Olympia, Washington   March 2008 to Present – Systems Programmer / Supervisor

As a IBM mainframe systems programmer / supervisor I was responsible for installing, maintaining, and upgrading systems software. Installed z/OS maintenance, built consolidated res volumes and exploited new z/OS features. Installed new releases of ISV products including JCLPREP, VPS, Control-M, MIM, IOF, Endevor, and Syncsort. Installed IBM tape library and replaced STK silos. Introduced SMS control for tapes and esoterics. Made numerous IOCDS changes using HCD / HMC. Replaced unsupported systems software (USCCOPY, JCLCHECK) without additional cost by exploiting existing software features. Exploited new features in ISV software. Converted CA MIM to IBM’s GRS. I mentored two young innovators who pushed the limits of new technology on the mainframe (Siri used to get mainframe data). Used WLM for implementing management priorities.


Wachovia Bank   San Antonio, Texas   January 2004 to August 2007 – Director, Systems Programming

As the IBM mainframe systems programming, systems engineering, storage management, and DBA Director in a matrix organization, I enthusiastically led a team of eleven systems programmers. Architected, planned, and upgraded CPUs, DASD, z/OS, AIX, and ISV products. Provided data center operational expertise to write procedures, diagnose and repair problems, optimize schedules, and train operators and production control. Moved Lotus Domino Notes system from clustered Wintel to a z9 mainframe. Established and managed SLAs. Used project management skills to architect and build a web based system to access content management data (OnDemand ODWEK) through Websphere (JAVA) by a .Net based IIS application, via JNbridge. Used project management skills to replicate DASD to a DR site via Hitachi True Copy as part of a Parallel Sysplex project. Architected and built a new mainframe system without tape, utilizing Shadow Image. Implemented VSM and replicated mainframe tapes to DR site. Managed mainframe and open system disk capacity and performance planning. Developed and managed an 18M dollar budget, evaluated staff, managed projects, and presented to upper management. Provided regulatory (SOX, FFIEC) oversight, vendor management and contract negotiations, capacity, and resource planning. Prepared estimates (FPA), budget forecasts, business cases, reports, capital planning, and capital requests to senior management. Responsible for staff reviews, hiring, firing, training, and development plans.

Dr. Gregory John Killian

4544 Highline Drive SE

Olympia, WA 98501

(360) 918-2905 - Cell



center planning, building, migration, cooling, and power consumption. Provided extensive interaction and communication with business units to prioritize projects and resolve issues. Implemented ITIL, Six Sigma, and PMI concepts. 


Bet Emunah Institute  San Antonio, Texas  4/2003 – Present  - Vice President

Manage the computing, training, facility, and staff resources. Install and configure desktop operating systems (Windows XP), and productivity software (Microsoft Office). Install, configure, and manage LAN and WAN routers, switches, and firewalls. Provide Access database creation, conversions, and reports. Install, configure, maintain, and manage Windows Server 2003 servers running Sharepoint, file sharing, and application servers. Install and manage the network. Develop and teach technical and non-technical courses. (Volunteer work)


National Processing Company   Louisville, Kentucky   1/2000 – 6/2003 –Systems Programming Leader

Led a team of five systems programmers to architect, plan, install, configure, and migrate to OS/390 and to z/OS 1.2. Hired and evaluated staff. Performed vendor management. Converted and coded JES2 BAL and HLASM exits. Assisted in CICS and network software upgrades. Performed extensive tuning and capacity planning based on reports from CMF, Sysview, and Omegamon. Implemented and tuned Parallel Sysplex, WLM goal mode, Websphere, and DFSMS. Prepared and delivered reports for executive management. Used Best/1 for modeling and capacity planning. Upgraded DASD and STK’s HSC. Used project management skills to upgrade CPU several times including memory, new processors, and new CPU type. Provided data center and network operational expertise to write procedures, diagnose / repair problems, optimize schedules, and train operators and production control personnel. Maintained an extensive TCP/IP and SNA communications network. Used Strobe to tune application programs and VSAM datasets. Built and maintained ICF catalogs. Performed Dump analysis using IPCS. Provided project management for software and hardware upgrades.


Boeing Computer Services   Seattle, Washington   Nov. 1990 to Nov. 1999– Sr. Systems Programmer

Used project management skills to implemented web and network technologies (Neon Shadow web server and HTTP server) for the mainframe to serve all departments. Maintained, modified, and automated SMF accounting programs and capacity planning reports in PL1 and MXG. Designed and implemented programs in rexx. Installed, configured, maintained, tuned, and exploited MVS, OS/390, Internet / intranet (ICSS [alias Websphere]. Designed and implemented remote operator consoles using PCs and ISDN terminals. Migrated from FDR/ABR to DFHSM and ABARS. Participated in CPU consolidations. Responsible for dump analysis using IPCS. Worked with RACF for web security. Installed, and maintained APPC (LU 6.3) in rexx. Worked extensively with FTP and TCP/IP. Used Six Sigma training to improve department quality.


Seafirst Bank              Seattle, Washington   June 1989 to Nov. 1990– Sr. Systems Programmer

Used project management skills to architect, plan, configure, and implement LPARs and a mainframe CPU upgrade for this commercial loan processor. Assisted in disaster recovery planning and testing. Installed, tuned, and maintained MVS/ESA and third party software products. Provided project management and capacity planning for MVS software and mainframe hardware.

Dr. Gregory John Killian

4544 Highline Drive SE

Olympia, WA 98501

(360) 918-2905 - Cell



FIserv-Fresno Corp.     Fresno, Ca       June 1988 to May 1989– Senior Consultant Systems Programmer

Installed, tuned, and maintained MVS/XA operating system and exits (BAL). Installed and supported CA7. Participated in the planning and testing for disaster recovery and business resumption planning. Performed extensive ICF catalog work. Used project management skills to plan and implement an automated operation project for multiple data centers. Provided operator training, trouble shooting, and dump analysis.


Dresser-Rand Company    Wellsville, New York     March 1986 to May 1988– Lead Systems Programmer

Install, configure, tune, maintain, and trouble shoot Windows, MVS, and ISV systems software. Provided direction, expertise, and training for systems programmers, operators, and DBAs. Performed desktop and LAN hardware and software trouble shooting, testing, and installations. Coded exits in assembler. Installed and managed the Novell network.


Geary Corporation        Pittsfield, Ma.      May 1985 to March 1986 – Consultant Systems Programmer

Maintained MVS system software, administered RACF, and provided customer training in CICS, JCL, and COBOL. Wrote BAL applications.


IBM Corporation       Poughkeepsie, N.Y.      August 1982 to April 1985 - Programmer Level II + III

As a PSR and As part of the MVS level II, and Change team, I was responsible for providing problem determination, dump analysis (IPCS), GTF trace analysis and resolution for complex MVS operating system problems, using BAL and PL1. Worked on all MVS components and VTAM/NCP. All BAL and PL/S fix testing was performed as a guest under VM. Provided technical presentations to customer executives.


Tacoma City College     Tacoma, WA.      September 1981 to January 1982 – Adjunct Instructor

Developed curriculum and taught RPGII programming.



  • Designed and built several web sites.
  • Extensive experience as a web researcher.
  • Lectured and taught extensively on a variety of subjects.



  • Bet Emunah Institute of Torah           4/2003 – Present         Vice-President, member of the Board.
  • Bet Yosef Institute of Torah              8/2000 – 4/2003          Vice-President, member of the Board
  • Toastmasters Intl.                               6/1976 – 9/1978



Associate of Science degree - Long Beach City College - Long Beach, CA

Bachelor of Science courses (Computer Science) - California State College - Long Beach, CA

Project Management Certificate – University of Washington – Olympia, WA

Doctor of Philosophy – Judaic studies, Bet Yosef Torah Institute -  San Jose, Costa Rica

Rabbinic Ordination - Bet Yosef Torah Institute

Training, Project Management, Process Management, Management and Leadership training.

Boeing: Six Sigma and ITIL.

Dr. Gregory John Killian

4544 Highline Drive SE

Olympia, WA 98501

(360) 918-2905 - Cell




z800, z900, z890, z990, z9, z10 (zSeries), zAAP, zIIP, Coupling Facility, Sysplex Timer, 3174, 2074, AS/400, Compaq servers, HP servers, STK silo, IBM blade servers, 3745, 3995, HDS TagmaStore USP600, DASD (SAN, DAS, NAS): 9985, 9980, 9970, ESCON director 9032, STK SL8500, STK Virtual tape (VSM), STK 9840B tape, 3584 - IBM VTS, 3494 Tape Library, ICF, True Copy, DS8000, DS6800.


SOFTWARE PRODUCTS (Mainframe and WINTEL servers)

Program products (ISV): Computer Associates Unicenter (CA90S), CA-1, CA-7, CA-11, MSM, JARS, Pkzip, True Copy, Shadow Image, Endevor.


Tools: TMON (ASG), NaviGraph, NaviPlex, Omegamon, Epilog, MainView, BMC Patrol, Netview, RMF, SMF, GTF, MOM, PERFMON, encryption, Sysview, NetSpy, OPS/MVS, Best-1, True Copy(SAN, NAS, DASD), Shadow Image, QuickRef.


Tuning and Diagnostic Controls: WLM, HCD, HMC (LPAR management), EREP, IOCDS, IOCP, Strobe, MXG, Compuware AbendAid, IPCS (dump reading / analysis).


Programming: JCL, PL/1, PLS, BAL (assembler), HLASM, REXX, CLIST, COBOL, SAS, EZtrieve, PSF, RPG II, VBscript, VB, JavaScript, HTML, Visual Studio, FORTRAN, BASIC, DreamWeaver, SOA, Focus, WebFocus, Endevor.


OS Subsystems: USS, ICKDSF, CICS TS, TSO, ISPF, JES2, SDSF, Websphere MQ, Websphere HTTP server, Websphere application server (WAS), EXLM, LMS, FDR, ABR, FATS, FATAR, HSC, SRS, VTCS, ABARS, DFSMS, DFHSM, DFDSS, Tivoli (TSM) ADSM, Apache, Samba, ksh, Harbor, T-Rexx, VSM, PPRC, PSF, VPS, MIM, GRS.


Data access: IMS (DB DC), DB2 (data sharing), Informatica, OAM, PowerExchange, Oracle, SQL server, Top Secret, RACF, ACF2, Access, HFS, zFS.


Communications: Communication server (VTAM), NCP, SNA, TCP/IP, OSA, VIPA, FTP, TPX, Netview, NetMaster, Netspy, Connect:Direct (NDM) with Secure+, Enterprise Extender, WS_FTP, IIS, APPN, APPC, Apache, HFT, JNbridge, Lotus Domino Notes, HTTP server, Neon HTTP server, PPRC, XRC, GDPS, Netware, Whats Up, HACMP, ODWEK.


Application Controls: DFSORT, LE/370, IEBGENER, IEBCOPY, IDCAMS (VSAM), Examine, Syncsort, Control-M, Comparex, Panapt, PanValet, Fileaid, VSAM, JCLcheck, JCLPREP, Xpediter, Abend-AID, Change Action, Endevor.


OS Upgrades: ServerPac, CBIPO, CBPDO, SystemPac, MVS, OS/390, z/OS, z/VM, AIX, SMP/E, UNIX System Services, GroupWise, Windows, Parallel SYSPLEX, Windows XP, .NET 2.0 framework, Windows Server.


Reporting Tools: CM OnDemand (Content Management), Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Project, Power Point, Outlook, Access, Publisher, Visio), Remedy (BMC), EventAction, Crystal Reports, Peregrine, Dispatch, Microsoft Sharepoint, PeopleSoft.