Rick Apichairuk, Project Manager in Bangkok, Thailand
Rick Apichairuk

Project Manager in Bangkok, Thailand

Member since November 2, 2016
Rick has over two decades worth of hands-on experience in IT where he’s worked in a wide variety of capacities including systems administrator, software developer, team lead, and CTO. Not only has Rick worn many hats, but he’s also worked in nearly as many industries such as finance, online marketing, and mobile games.
Rick is now available for hire

Project Highlights


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  • Managing Director

    2017 - PRESENT
    • Acted as the managing director of an IT consulting firm that services various enterprise and startup clients including Marriott International, S&P Food, and GrabCasual.
    • Oversaw and was responsible for the company vision, business development, sales, overall software systems architecture, hiring, and team mentoring.
    • Worked with McKinsey on a digital transformation project for an energy company.
    • Managed a team of engineers to create eCommerce web and mobile applications for the largest restaurant chain in Thailand.
    • Implemented hands-on Ruby on Rails development and DevOps.
  • CTO

    2015 - 2016
    Playlab Games
    • Oversaw all technical teams that were not game production teams including platform, back end, DevOps, and analytics; was also responsible for the overall systems architecture for those teams.
    • Established and drove the overall software engineering culture and best practices.
    • Spearheaded company-wide engineering initiatives across multiple teams.
    • Came up with long-term initiatives and strategies for technical teams.
    • Handled all technical aspects of technical due diligence by the VC firm.
    • Architected the Optimus Prime ETL framework.
    • Worked on data analytics to calculate retention, DAU, ARPDAU, and LTV with varying degrees of granularity.
    • Reverse-engineered LTV curves of competing companies.
    • Oversaw the Scrum training of all technical teams including game production teams.
    • Worked on statistical and big data analyses.
    • Migrated a legacy monolithic back end to SOA (microservices).
    • Worked on DevOps (AWS, CircleCI, New Relic, Docker, and Ansible).
  • Product Consultant

    2012 - 2014
    World's Largest Online Freelance Worker Platform
    • Acted as a SOA architect for the back-end platforms.
    • Managed three teams including the platform team, TimeTracker (web reporting tool) team, and TimeTracker (client applications) team.
    • Migrated legacy monolithic architecture to a services-oriented architecture.
  • Software Development Manager

    2011 - 2012
    Live Nation
    • Oversaw the eCommerce content vertical software engineering team.
    • Reported to the vice president of engineering.
    • Managed the engineering efforts of integrating CQ5 with the existing technology stack and managing the engineering team that builds the tools in Java on top of the CQ5 platform.
    • Architected SEO and built SOA services.
    • Helped to implement Agile process for the company by training engineers, product owners, and project managers for all Ticketmaster verticals on Scrum processes.
    • Established engineering standards and best practices for the content vertical department.
  • Scrum Master | Team Lead

    2010 - 2011
    • Acted as the Scrum master for the development team.
    • Worked on Rent.com.
    • Performed SEO for eBay classifieds.
    • Worked on programatic SEO.
    • Handled the SOA re-architecture.
  • Quantitative Analytics Research Consultant

    2009 - 2010
    Bank of America
    • Served as a software engineer for the quantitative analytics and research group.
    • Designed and wrote ETL programs for Bank of America's risk managers using Perl, Moose, and dependency injection.
    • Wrote a Perl wrapper for the Merrill Lynch Global Derivatives Analytics library.
    • Reverse-engineered foreign currency curves generation algorithms.
    • Wrote programs to use the SOAP interface to interact with the Merill Lynch web services API to retrieve various financial data, transform them and load them into a database.
    • Spearheaded the schema redesign project initiative to increase performance, reliability, and scalability.
    • Worked with various types of databases including; Sybase, Sybase IQ, MIM, and LIM.
    • Gave various presentations to the quantitative analytics and research group on software engineering best practices and software development methodologies.
    • Helped to bring Agile process to the software development team.
  • Consultant

    2008 - 2008
    • Worked on various development interim work on transitioning the system.
    • Performed SEO-related work including automatic subdomain name creation for targeted keywords.
    • Produced analytics to optimize conversion rates on product.
    • Wrote programatic and reactive SEO algorithms.
    • Worked on database design and optimization.
  • Consultant

    2005 - 2007
    • Provide CTO-level consulting to C-level execs of a publishing company.
    • Architected a custom accounting, reporting, and CRM application for a startup publishing company. The system also is responsible for workflow tracking and automating various publishing-related tasks.
    • Provided infrastructure planning to rapidly growing company for growth over the next five years.
    • Analyzed financial and accounting information to calculate tax liabilities.
    • Managed software development projects.
  • Consultant

    2004 - 2005
    Massey Knakal Realty Services
    • Managed the development team.
    • Architected a real estate investment modeling application for a large brokerage.
    • Analyzed data on over 1,000,000 properties throughout the five boroughs of New York City.
    • Interviewed and hired software developers.
    • Served as a product owner.
  • Senior Software Developer

    2003 - 2004
    Performics (Double Click)
    • Worked as a senior Perl developer—working on online marketing campaign management systems.
    • Built a real-time bidding system for paid media on Google AdWords.
    • Established best practices for the development team.
    • Mentored junior developers.
    • Created a database schema design and implemented the optimization.
  • Senior Systems Consultant

    2001 - 2003
    • Developed retail credit origination systems.
    • Worked with the Thai National Credit Bureau.
    • Developed with a Unix network.
    • Architected credit bureau software applications.
    • Developed software development.
    • Administered to Unix systems.
  • Consultant

    2000 - 2001
    Cisco Systems
    • Consulted with Cisco’s enterprise management team and INFOSEC team on matters of network security.
    • Designed and developed a PGM application. The PGM application was used by Cisco to store all password and security settings of Cisco’s machines, switches, routers, and other terminal devices. All passwords from all of Cisco’s global locations are stored on a database in Santa Clara using the PGM application.
    • Created programming network management tools.
    • Administered to Unix systems.
  • Consultant

    2000 - 2001
    • Designed the architecture of the Intel IA64 Compiler optimization team's automated test and build system.
    • Worked with Intel’s team of mathematicians on testing and optimizing the compiler for the new IA64 processor for both Microsoft (unreleased 64 bit OS) and Linux (64 bit) platforms.
    • Composed Perl programming.
    • Administered to Unix systems.
    • Developed deployment tools.

Project History

  • Banpu Energy PMC Project
    Led and drove the development team to create an MVP app aimed for use in the coal-mining industry.

    Working with McKinsey and Banpu, I developed an MVP application that integrates data acquisition from coal mining equipment, stores, and analyzes data to provide key performance indicators to management teams. I also leveraged machine learning to do predictive maintenance and scheduling to maximize output and profit.

  • Marriott International | M Live Market Social Media Platform
    Managed the design, implementation, and promotion of Marriott International's M Live, a marketing social media platform.

    I worked with Marriott International on a tight timeframe to design, develop, and advertise a social media platform to promote Marriott hotels and food & beverage outlets to both international tourists and local consumers.

  • S&P Food Digital Transformation
    Managed a digital transformation project for Thailand's largest restaurant chain.

    I managed a development team that built the customer-facing web and mobile eCommerce application for S&P Food. I also performed customer research, personas, competitor research, analytics, systems architecture, and DevOps.


  • Bachelor's degree in Economics
    1991 - 1995
    Northern Illinois University - DeKalb, IL, USA


  • Certified Scrum Master
    FEBRUARY 2011 - JUNE 2025
    Scrum Alliance

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