{Brandon Pendleton}

Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States

Email: resume.nk38c@simplelogin.com

Github: github.com/bitbucket90

Blog: pendlerosa.com

Golden Doodle


Professional Overview: With over five years of specialized experience as a Solutions Architect, I have a proven track record of optimizing cloud infrastructures and integrating cutting-edge technologies to drive customer success. My career at AHEAD has been marked by leadership and innovation, where I lead a team of senior resources, both onshore and offshore, to deliver top-tier solutions and drive innovation for Fortune 50 clients. As a Principal Technical Consultant, I am deeply committed to enhancing customer experiences by developing and scaling large-scale platforms, ensuring robust architecture and seamless performance. My role involves significant contributions to evolving and refining procedures, strategies, and educational workshops within the Digital Services Group, demonstrating my ability to influence both internal and external operations positively.

Despite no longer holding active certifications, my previous credentials in Kubernetes, AWS, and Google IT Support underscore my extensive skill set in designing, executing, and maintaining scalable and secure cloud solutions across diverse platforms and domains. At Amazon Web Services (AWS), I managed a portfolio of major Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), overseeing substantial revenue and fostering deep relationships with technical leaders to promote cloud adoption. My tenure at Fairwinds and Nirmata further honed my expertise in Kubernetes, containerization, and advanced cloud technologies, where I played pivotal roles in driving adoption and training enterprise clients such as Microsoft, Amazon, and Google.

My passion for containerization and serverless technologies has empowered clients to significantly reduce overheads, boost performance, and enhance user satisfaction. Actively participating in thought leadership communities, I contribute to the advancement of industry best practices and innovative solutions. Looking ahead, I am poised for a leadership role with a deep focus on Kubernetes, AI/ML, and managing large-scale platforms, where I can leverage my expertise to drive innovation and success in these emerging areas.

Notable Projects

AI/ML Platforms for the Air Force and DoD

In collaboration with Scale AI

Architected scalable AI/ML platforms for the Air Force and Department of Defense, partnering with private sector entities to enhance capabilities.

Proof of Concept CBDC for Federal Bank of Japan

Collaborated with MIT and Ripple while at Amazon

Built a proof of concept Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) for the Federal Bank of Japan, demonstrating the potential of blockchain technology in central banking.

Digital Physics Simulation for Boom Supersonic

Architected the Kubernetes platform

Developed a world-class digital physics simulation platform for Boom Supersonic, leveraging Kubernetes to enhance their engineering department's capabilities.

Encrypted Communications Platform for Intelligence Gathering

Worked with a FVEY intelligence partner organization

Developed and supported an encrypted communications platform on Kubernetes, enhancing secure intelligence gathering capabilities for FVEY partners

Scalable Platforms for Zoom and Moderna

During the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic

Architected and scaled platforms for Zoom and Moderna to meet increased global demand, contributing to efforts in vaccine development through protein folding simulations.

Pub/Sub Network for Low Latency Systems

Architected new Kubernetes platform

Designed a Kubernetes platform for the world's largest pub/sub network, achieving low double-digit worldwide latency for critical systems, including e911.

Open Source Kubernetes Solution for Capital Management

Developed proof of concept

Created a proof of concept for a leading capital management company, replacing Oracle VDI with an open-source Kubernetes solution, saving tens of millions annually.


Principal Technical Consultant, AHEAD

Oct 2023 - Present

As a Principal Technical Consultant at Ahead, I manage a team of highly skilled senior resources both onshore and offshore. Our team is laser-focused on delivering top-tier solutions and driving innovation for our clients. In this role, I have been instrumental in expanding the reach and enhancing the customer experience for several Fortune 50 corporations.

  • Team Management and Leadership: Lead a diverse team of senior engineers and consultants, ensuring effective collaboration and high-quality output across projects.
  • Customer Experience Enhancement: Spearhead initiatives to improve the customer experience, aligning solutions with client needs and strategic goals.
  • Platform Development and Scaling: Develop and scale large-scale platforms, ensuring robust architecture and seamless performance.
  • Thought Leadership: Actively participate in multiple thought leadership communities within Ahead, contributing to the advancement of industry best practices and innovative solutions.

Solutions Architect, AHEAD

Aug 2022 - Oct 2023

Within my role as a Principal Technical Consultant, I also serve as a Solutions Architect, focusing on advanced cloud technologies and Kubernetes.

  • Cloud Solutions: Design and implement cutting-edge cloud solutions, leveraging AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud to meet complex client needs.
  • Kubernetes and Containerization: Architect and deploy Kubernetes clusters, ensuring optimal configuration, security, and scalability.
  • Infrastructure Development Platforms (IDPs): Develop IDPs to streamline and automate infrastructure provisioning, enhancing efficiency and consistency.
  • Information Security: Collaborate with Infosec teams to integrate security best practices into our solutions, ensuring compliance and robust protection against threats.
  • Advanced Topics: Lead initiatives on advanced topics such as service mesh, microservices architecture, and CI/CD pipelines to push the boundaries of what's possible for our clients.

ISV Enterprise Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

May 2020 - Apr 2022

Worked in the San Francisco Bay Area, managing a portfolio of some of the largest Independent Software Vendors (ISVs). Responsible for overseeing more than $250 million in ARR, and part of a team that managed over $21 billion in annual AWS spend. Collaborated with leading ISVs to drive the adoption of AWS services, enabling innovative cloud solutions and optimizing their architecture.

  • Provided architectural guidance and recommendations for running applications efficiently and reliably on the AWS platform.
  • Led deep architectural discussions and design exercises, creating world-class solutions tailored for successful deployment in the cloud.
  • Acted as a subject matter expert (SME) globally for Containers/Serverless, with a focus on Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS).
  • Authored and contributed to AWS customer-facing publications such as whitepapers and proof of concepts.
  • Partnered with AWS Sales, Professional Services, and other teams to craft scalable, flexible, and resilient cloud architectures addressing customer business problems.
  • Built deep relationships with senior technical individuals within customers to enable them to be cloud advocates.

Senior Solutions Architect, Fairwinds

Aug 2019 - Apr 2020

Worked directly with Kubernetes, selling Fairwinds Kubernetes as a Service (KaaS) and contributing to their comprehensive software suite. As part of the go-to-market (GTM) team, I played a pivotal role in driving the adoption of Kubernetes solutions and training enterprise clients, including Microsoft, Amazon, and Google.

  • Provided expert guidance on Kubernetes deployments, ensuring optimal configuration, security, and scalability for enterprise clients.
  • Sold and supported Fairwinds Kubernetes as a Service, enhancing customer infrastructure with managed Kubernetes solutions.
  • Contributed to the development and enhancement of Fairwinds' software suite, focusing on improving Kubernetes management and deployment tools.
  • Conducted training sessions for major clients, including Microsoft, Amazon, and Google, on Kubernetes best practices and advanced usage.
  • Collaborated with the enterprise architect team to vet and develop new software offerings, ensuring alignment with industry standards and customer needs.
  • Participated in technical discussions and architectural reviews, providing insights to optimize and innovate Kubernetes-based solutions.

Senior Solutions Architect, Nirmata

Aug 2018 - Jul 2019

Worked directly with the VP on building use cases, presenting to strategic enterprise customers and helping develop bleeding edge use cases on what Kubernetes was capable of.


Southern New Hampshire University - Bachelor of Science - BS, Computer Software Engineering (Feb 2021 - Mar 2025)

Full Sail University - Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design (2010 - 2014)

Full Sail University - Certificate of Internet Marketing, Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design (2013 - 2014)

Licenses & Certifications

CKA: Certified Kubernetes Administrator - The Linux Foundation (Issued Mar 2019 - Expires Mar 2022) - CKA-1900-001683-0100

AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate - Amazon Web Services (AWS) (Issued Aug 2020 - Expires Aug 2023) - L3527752HNB41GCP

Google IT Support Professional Certificate - Google - 1df1ae0b-5997-40f9-b23f-a8932b0fb7a5


Prompt Engineering

Data Center Virtualization

Amazon EKS


Solution Architecture

Microsoft Azure

Amazon Web Services (AWS)


Google Cloud Platform (GCP)

Customer Service Management


Large Scale Platforms

High-Performance Computing (HPC)

CI/CD Pipelines

Infrastructure as Code (IaC)

Microservices Architecture

Cloud Security


Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML)

Cloud Cost Optimization

Home Lab



Policy as Code


Managing and Leadership