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Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year

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Red Hat® certifications help system administrators, application developers, and IT architects advance their careers. As a Red Hat Certified Professional (RHCP), you have proven your skills and knowledge of Red Hat products.

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Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year award

Since 2006, Red Hat has recognized Red Hat Certified Professionals who demonstrate ingenuity, hard work, and expertise. Winners of the award are recognized at Red Hat Summit, the premier open source technology event.

We are no longer accepting nominations for 2016 Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year. The contest will open January 2017 for you to share how you are using your Red Hat-certified skills and knowledge or to nominate an outstanding Red Hat Certified Professional for the award.

Overview

How does the Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year award work?

Red Hat Certified Professionals (RHCPs) can nominate themselves for the award or be nominated by a customer, team member, or employer. The award is presented to the RHCP nominee with the most outstanding submission.

Recognition

What does the winner receive?

The Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year winner will receive:

  • One complimentary pass to Red Hat Summit, including three nights of hotel accommodations for each pass.
  • Recognition at the Red Hat Summit Reception for Red Hat Certified Professionals.
  • A featured mention in the Red Hat Certified Professional award press release. Read the 2016 Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year award press release.
  • Promotion of your story on the Red Hat website, blog, and the Red Hat Training and Certification newsletter.

Details

Key dates

The contest will open January 2017.

Judges

Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year award judges

Ken Goetz
Vice president of Global Learning Services, Red Hat
Randolph R. Russell (RHCA)
Director of certification, Red Hat

It was a great honor to be selected as the Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year, especially after my many years of experience working with Red Hat technologies and seeing first-hand the value they deliver to organizations. The exams and training provided by Red Hat have allowed me to more effectively deploy my Red Hat-based systems in a variety of environments and are truly an invaluable resource.

Sean Millichamp, 2012 Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year

Past winners

We congratulate and recognize all Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year award recipients over the years. We would like to share some of the great work these professionals are doing that earned them this designation.

2016 Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year: Felipe Ceballos

Mr. Ceballos has worked with Linux technology since 2014 and is a Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) with Red Hat certifications in virtualization, clustering, OpenStack, and Satellite. He mastered several Red Hat products and, as a result, has created and deployed scalable, high-availability solutions in numerous customers’ environments. He is in the process of becoming a Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA). He is currently the technology leader at SEAQ Servicios, a leading company focused on deploying open source solutions in Colombia and throughout Latin America

2015 Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year: Carl Thompson

The Red Hat Certification program is pleased to announce that Carl Thompson, principal architect at Rackspace, has been named the 2015 Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year. The award honors a Red Hat Certified Professional who demonstrates ingenuity, hard work, and expertise. The award was presented to Thompson in June in Boston at Red Hat Summit 2015.

Carl was recognized for his thought leadership, problem-solving skills, and innovation—traits that enabled him to use his status as a Red Hat Certified Architect to design a unique Red Hat Satellite infrastructure at Rackspace. Red Hat Satellite provides an easy-to-use system management platform that helps Rackspace keep their Red Hat systems running efficiently and securely. Rackspace manages more than 40,000 globally distributed Red Hat Enterprise Linux® systems. Thompson devised a Red Hat Satellite environment that makes it easier to manage this extensive array with minimal downtime.

In addition, Thompson wrote a complete remote procedure call API to the Red Hat Network portal. Portal access enables Rackspace support engineers to use Red Hat Satellite more flexibly and automate tasks such as new server registration, patch deployment, and rolling point upgrades. This has reduced the time it takes to deliver servers to customers.

For the last 16 years, the Red Hat Certification program has had a single, important goal of building and validating skills through a program with rigorous, hands-on, performance-based testing. Our certifications help system administrators, application developers, and IT architects advance their careers. Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE), and all the programs that followed, establish benchmarks for what an IT professional should know when using Red Hat technology.

2014 Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year: Jorge Juarez Acevedo

Mr. Acevedo conducted several key projects as the IT manager at Banco Azteca in Mexico. Banco Azteca operates in Mexico, Panama, Guatemala, Honduras, Peru, El Salvador, and Brazil and it is one of the largest banks in Mexico in terms of coverage, with more than 6.8 million savings accounts. Mr. Acevedo uses his Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE), Red Hat Certified Virtualization Administrator (RHCVA), and Red Hat Certified Datacenter Specialist (RHCDS) certification skills to make better use of Red Hat solutions and add more value to Banco Azteca's business.

Mr. Acevedo was first introduced to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 years ago while seeking platform standardization for multiple existing platforms. The main challenge was to migrate from different UNIX operating systems to Red Hat Enterprise Linux, bringing tangible benefits to the day to day operation. Additionally, he migrated the disparate application server technologies to Red Hat JBoss® Enterprise Application Platform. Another successful project was the migration of their authentication platform to Red Hat Directory Server.

2013 Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year: Rafael Guimaraes

Mr. Guimaraes conducted several key projects at Petrobras - Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. that required his Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) and Red Hat JBoss Certified Application Administrator (RHCJA) skills. The projects enhanced IT services that significantly reduced the time spent installing new Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems. He combined his RHCE skills with PHP programming to develop an environment that provides collaborative remote 3-D Linux sessions. Additionally, Rafael shared with the Red Hat certification and curriculum teams how he applied his JBoss Certified Application Administrator skills to create a secure, optimized, and efficient JBoss installation.

2012 Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year: Sean Millichamp

Sean Millichamp has been deploying Red Hat-based systems in customer environments for 14 years. He has deployed Red Hat Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Linux in many different configurations for many different companies. Today Sean is a senior Linux architect for Secure-24, Inc., a managed hosting and cloud provider and Red Hat Partner in the Detroit, Michigan area. He is responsible for setting the technical standards and direction for his organization's Red Hat Enterprise Linux environment. Sean works with his human resources department to help find and hire top Linux talent, and he facilitates workplace study sessions for employees working toward their Red Hat certifications. "It was a great honor to be selected as [2012]’s Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year, especially after my many years of experience working with Red Hat technologies and seeing firsthand the value they deliver to organizations. The exams and training provided by Red Hat have allowed me to more effectively deploy my Red Hat-based systems in a variety of environments and are truly an invaluable resource." Sean Millichamp, senior Linux architect, Secure-24, Inc.

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