This is my personal website. So who is Mark Verber? I am a husband, father, son, and brother to my family. I am a Christian who strives to embrace love, justice, mercy and humility. I think society can be best judged by how it treats those with the least power. I want to make a difference, and leave the world in better shape than how I found it. I believe that the world is complex with many inter-connections which means that small changes can often make a huge impact. I am a systems thinker. I value the clarity that simplicity brings to design and life.
I strive to live a healthy and fit lifestyle, I spending as much time as I can outdoors. I enjoy traveling, reading, and am a bit of an audiophile. I am often driven by my curiosity and love learning.
I have spent most of my career in what is called SRE or DevSecOps: the intersection of engineering, IT, security, program management, with a dash of research. When I started my career we simple called it systems programming. I build systems which have “good bones” where the initial architecture is able to adapt to changing requirements while still providing relevant guidance. I build effective, reliable secure systems without generating excessive technical debt or placing a burden on the team that operates them. I am most proud of the team we built at Tellme, and the voice application service which I co-architected with Brad Porter. In less that a year we built a system which achieve 99.995% serviceability and continued to achieve this for >15 years guided by the same architecture while numerous technologies changed and traffic growing three orders of magnitude. I now work for Hashicorp.
I am a servant leader: I have a relational approach focused on pragmatic execution in the context of strategic objectives. Enough buzzwords in one sentence to be meaningless ;). I empower not micro-manage, persuade rather than dictate. I focus on helping others grow. If you want to know more about my professional experience see my LinkedIn profile or ask for a current resume which has details I didn’t bother putting on Linkedin.
This website which was started in 1990 and continued to be hand edited HTML until 2018 when I decided to modernize by converting to WordPress. Some of my “new” posts are really old content that is finally being updated. I sometimes tweet things I find interesting.