Robby Kilian

Technologist | Entrepreneur | Athlete | Traveler


New York Metropolitan Area

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About Me

From a very young age I realized that I was never one to follow the pack. I would often describe myself as a loner to a certain degree; I knew to set goals, I figured out a path to get to those goals and I would never let anyone else distract or influence me in ways that would cause me lose focus and deviate from that path. This has been a common theme in both my professional and personal life for as long as I can possibly remember.

As an example, anybody who knows we well will agree that I’ve always been very curious as to the way things work in the world. When I was a child I had gone through many different obsessions learning about the inner workings of various things – locomotives, planes, telephones, cars, computers, you name it. I always possessed a need to know how the world around me operated and never would I just accept others telling me “that’s just the way it works” and that it was too complicated to figure out. I would do whatever it took to get the answers to the questions I had.

Fast forward to middle school and high school years, this need only intensified. I remember re-wiring my family home in order to install a business class data network and office phone system just because it was intriguing and fun for me to figure out. As I became older and more capable, I started to take full advantage of this knowledge and began applying it to make something useful of it. As a result, by the time my friends were struggling to find first time jobs as store clerks and grocery baggers, I decided this wasn’t an option for me – doing work I wasn’t interested in, working for someone else for minimum wage. This led me to establish a business of my very own which subsequently charted out a clear path for college and future career, working on projects and initiatives far bigger than myself.

As my career progresses, not only am I of course gaining more and more valuable work experience but I continue to notice just how my mindset has evolved with respect to approaching challenges and addressing them in the most efficient ways possible, even challenges completely outside the domain of business. For example I’ve learned that nearly every situation you find yourself in, even the most unfavorable ones, can still present you with a new opportunity of some kind. From a tragic situation – resilience and motivation to influence change. From failure – valuable insight and important lessons learned. From rejection – a chance for deep reflection and re-evaluation. For me, this mindset has given me the confidence to face substantial challenges and to make critical decisions in high pressure situations. It’s also quickly taught me the value of identifying and taking calculated risks in scenarios where they count the most, embracing key opportunities and diligently acting upon them when they present themselves with the purpose of archiving the greatest outcome. I personally found this approach to be very effective in ensuring I reach my goals and determining where to set my sights for the future.

One other key concept that continues to serve as a cornerstone of my thought process and how I conduct myself is the idea of perspective. After a while, you begin to realize the world really is a big place, filled with different people, different cultures, different beliefs and an endless number of ideas. Through collaborating and just casually conversing with people over the years, you very quickly realize just how valuable having someone else’s input and viewpoint on a given topic can lend to your own understanding, foster out-of-the-box thinking and promote new innovative approaches in doing things. No matter what stage you’re at in life, it’s an inevitability you will encounter others you disagree with and have indifferences with. I find it’s absolutely critical to be respectful of these indifferences and always remaining open to learning more about why someone sees something differently. It provides you with a chance to enlighten others with your views and vice versa. If nothing else, it may provide an opportunity to further expand your own perspective, refine your comprehension and perhaps even adopt a whole new viewpoint yourself.

At the end of the day, finding fulfillment in what you do, establishing a set of core values and finding those things you are most passionate about are what really count. In my opinion this is what enables us to do what we do with passion, do it sustainably and provides the motivation to keep striving for bigger better goals each and everyday.

Professional Profile

15Delta Technology Solutions

  • Founder and CEO

15Delta

Norwalk, Connecticut

December, 2019 - Present



  • IT solutions catered to broker/dealers, hedge funds and other financial services institutions.

  • - Administation and support for trading floor workstations and communications systems.
  • - Architect cloud computing solutions, on-premises migration support, existing cloud build-out projects.
  • - Data networking services - LAN, WAN, WLAN, intranet and extranet connectivity, VPN.
  • - VoIP and unified IP communications solutions - system design and deployment, existing system build-outs and support.
  • - Data centre infrastructure services for greenfield and existing build-out projects.
  • - Design and implementation of e-commerce and web design solutions.
  • - Server and client side hardware troubleshooting and administration.
  • - On-premises and hosted e-mail solutions, e-mail cloud migration services.

Weeden & Co.

  • Senior IT Systems Analyst

Weeden

Greenwich, Connecticut

January, 2016 - November, 2019



  • Senior IT analyst supporting Weeden & Co. and Weeden Prime Services.

  • - Manage and maintain Windows based trading infrastructure servers and proprietary applications.
  • - Administrator of VMware infrastructure.
  • - Administrator of Active Directory, Microsoft Exchange, Citrix XenApp, Proofpoint, Veritas Netbackup and RSA environments.
  • - Troubleshoot day-to-day hardware, software, network and storage issues.
  • - Troubleshoot corporate LAN, intranet, extranets, FIX connections and voice circuits.
  • - Implement storage configuration changes involving SAN zoning, Netapp administration and disk allocation.
  • - Provide desk side support for trading workstations, Bloomberg terminals, IPC turrets and VoIP infrastructure.
  • - Maintain data centre infrastructure, install and decommission hardware, perform asset management duties.
  • - Maintain disaster recovery infrastructure and implement regular testing activities.

IBM Corporation

  • Senior Associate Systems Administrator

IBM

Southbury, Connecticut

May, 2011 - January, 2016



  • Network, systems and data centre infrastructure administrator for IBM CIO Lab Systems, Green Innovation Data Centre.

  • - Lead VMware infrastructure administrator.
  • - Administrator of core data network infrastructure, network security compliance, firewalls, IP address allocation and DNS.
  • - Administrator of bare metal and virtualized Linux and Windows systems.
  • - Architect and administrator of infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud computing environment utilizing OpenStack.
  • - Administrator of IBM TSM and tape storage, IBM PureFlex, IBM BladeCentre and Intel based distributed server systems.
  • - Assist with data centre infrastructure monitoring operations and energy efficiency initiatives.
  • - Assist with application and infrastructure governance, capacity planning, equipment purchasing, asset tracking and asset lifecycle management.
  • - Perform end-to-end troubleshooting and problem resolution procedures for hardware, software, network and storage issues.

Marist College

  • Student Systems Analyst and Developer

Marist

Poughkeepsie, New York

December, 2009 - May, 2011



  • Student employee in Marist College department of Information Technology, systems administration division.

  • - Assisted with new applications requirements research, development and deployment running on IBM System z.
  • - Assisted with front-end web development and use case testing for new applications.
  • - Front-end developer for FDR Library digital archives.
  • - Assisted with LDAP administration and end-user account management.

R.E.K. Technology Solutions

  • Owner and Solutions Architect

REK Technology Solutions

Roxbury, Connecticut

May, 2007 - May, 2011



  • Self owned IT startup. Provided IT services, consulting and technical support to home users, and small businesses.

  • - Provided IT consulting services for over 75 home users and small businesses.
  • - Provided data network services including wired and wireless LAN implementation and VPN.
  • - Provided installation and configuration of Aastra, Nortel, Cisco and open source VoIP and PBX phone systems.
  • - Provided on-site and remote end user support for Windows, Mac and Linux.
  • - Provided small business POS solutions.
  • - Provided web design and e-commerce solutions.

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My Inspirations

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Travel

It was only recently that the idea of solo travel really worked its way into my life. From about the age of 8 or so, I was already starting to create a bit of a mental bucket list of the places around the world I wanted to visit. These were places I learned about in school or that I heard about from friends and family or were settings in my favorite books and video games. Like so many people, I had long been waiting for 'the right time' to venture out whether this meant finding a travel companion or learning a new language first or making sure I had enough money. The fact of the matter is that 'right time' doesn't actually exist. It's as simple as choosing a time and a place and just going. If you've never traveled alone before, I'm adamant in saying it's something I think everybody should do. Never in my life have I felt such a sense of freedom, and self-confidence in navigating new places. It's absolutely true what people say about getting lost in an unfamiliar place is perhaps the best way to find yourself. Only you dictate where you're going to go and what you're going to do. You're able to give yourself the freedom to let your curiosity run rampant and truly explore a place, the people and the culture on your terms. In return you will undoubted connect with a place on a whole new level, meet incredible people (locals or other travelers like you) and give yourself a one-of-a-kind, life changing experience.

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Fitness

Despite being a geek at heart and perhaps even a little athletically challenged growing up, fitness remains as one of the cornerstones of my lifestyle and something that will undoubtedly stick with me for life. I hear people say all the time that they want to be 'beach ready' or that they've always wanted to compete in some kind of athletic competition or that they just want to better themselves physically for the purpose of their well being. These were all motivating factors for me and not only that but the geek inside me actually provided the best motivation of all. The inner workings of the human body is all backed by science and I think most would agree that the body is absolutely fascinating; no modern machine comes anywhere close to matching its abilities and natural functions. Exercise science, nutrition and other practices help us to understand just how the body works and how we can change it by subjecting it to certain activities and regimens. If you want to achieve a certain goal, you research how to get there and then execute on it; you make a plan and make it happen. After a while it always becomes a game or sorts, seeing just how strong can you get or how fast or how flexible you can be. The best part is that it's a game that inevitably betters yourself and in my opinion it's one of the most rewarding things you can do. After all, physical exercise of course has numerous benefits for your overall bodily function, mental health and self-confidence. Granted it does take time to figure out what specific activities work best for you. For me personally I've found the greatest joys in a combination of weight training, swimming, cycling, running and yoga.

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Photography

I'm a firm believer that everyone, even if they swear they don't, has some kind of artistic side to them. Photography is undoubtedly mine. This day and age everything is of course done digitally, which for me perfectly marries artistic expression with my technical background. I've been involved in digital photography now for more than a decade. I've played around with everything from action and sports photography to portrait and nature. I can't say I have a particular preference but, as usual, I find it very intriguing how combinations of shutter speeds, aperture settings and focal lengths achieve a very specific composition of a photograph. While I've mostly shot for fun, I've also previously shot for weddings, local newspapers and have even have even once been featured in New York Magazine. While I've never really considered photography as a career path I will say that it has provided me with an excellent medium for artistic expression and also gives you motivation to explore new places and discover new techniques.

Favorite Quotes

"Don't tell me the sky's the limit when there are footprints on the moon."

- Paul Brandt


"There's a difference between living and just surviving. Do something you love, and find someone to love who loves that you love what you do. It is really that simple. And that hard."

- John Connolly


"Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma—which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition."

- Steve Jobs


"Progress always involves risks. You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first."

- Frederick Wilcox

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