Eric Z. Beard, Developer in Kissimmee, FL, United States
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Eric Z. Beard

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Software Developer

Kissimmee, FL, United States
Toptal Member Since
September 18, 2017

Eric is an experienced software architect and engineering manager. He has designed and built large, complex software systems from the ground up and has hired and managed as many as 100 engineers. He was the CTO at Loop, LLC ( for over a decade, where he created one of the leading customer engagement platforms for auto dealerships. Other companies that he has worked for in senior roles include AOL and British Telecom.


Foundation Mercury
Amazon Web Services (AWS), Bootstrap, jQuery, Amazon Aurora, MySQL, Python
Amazon Web Services (AWS), Relational Database Services (RDS), MySQL, Node.js...
Loop, LLC
BigQuery, Spark, Hadoop, AngularJS, Microsoft SQL Server, .NET, C#




Preferred Environment

MySQL, Flask, Python, Visual Studio Code (VS Code)

The most amazing...

...product I’ve created is AutoLoop—a customer engagement platform for auto dealerships. 100 million customer records, thousands of tables, and 8 million+ LOC.

Work Experience

Founder | CEO

2017 - PRESENT
Foundation Mercury
  • Worked for Foundation Mercury—a geo-demographic database for marketers and researchers with a robust REST API written in Python (Flask), and a MySQL back-end hosted on Amazon Aurora.
  • Built this site over the summer with a small team of interns.
  • Developed the front-end in jQuery/Bootstrap.
Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Bootstrap, jQuery, Amazon Aurora, MySQL, Python


2017 - 2017
  • Worked for Finexio—an early stage startup in the B2B payments space; was fully responsible for all aspects of the technology solution.
  • Provisioned and administered Linux virtual machines on AWS.
  • Developed web apps in JavaScript on Node.js.
  • Implemented file processing with Python.
  • Worked on MySQL data modeling, SQL programming, and database administration.
Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Relational Database Services (RDS), MySQL, Node.js, Python


2005 - 2017
Loop, LLC
  • Was hired as the first employee.
  • Filled many roles such as lead developer, product manager, database administrator, and recruiter.
  • Designed a custom data access layer to partition data in over 1,000 database tables across dozens of physical database machines.
  • Wrote a SIP server in C# from scratch to handle IVR calls.
  • Hired and managed a team of over 100 engineers on 18 scrum teams.
  • Personally wrote a significant portion of an 8 million line codebase.
Technologies: BigQuery, Spark, Hadoop, AngularJS, Microsoft SQL Server, .NET, C#

Development Team Leader

2004 - 2005
Susquehanna Technologies
  • Led the software development projects for government nonprofits.
  • Conducted company training on advanced Microsoft server products such as Biztalk Server 2004.
  • Developed OLAP cubes and DTS packages for use by the marketing department at the Graduate Management Admission Council.
  • Led the architecture and implementation of the Fraud Emergency Warning System for the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators using ASP.NET, C# and SQL Server 2000.
  • Led the development team tasked with productizing a customer relationship management system.
Technologies: ASP.NET, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, C#

Senior Software Engineer

2003 - 2004
  • Led a research and development team responsible for researching Windows Vista alpha builds to prepare for the next version of the AOL client.
  • Prepared for the next version of the AOL client for a successful migration.
  • Became the resident .NET expert consultant at the company.
Technologies: C#, .NET, Windows Vista

Lead Developer

2002 - 2003
British Telecom
  • Led a successful project of migrating a legacy billing application to J2EE/Oracle.
  • Gathered the requirements, designed the system, ordered and installed the necessary hardware, and wrote a significant portion of the code.
Technologies: Solaris, Jakarta Server Pages (JSP), Oracle, Java

Chief of Software Development

2000 - 2002
  • Led a team of 12 developers, organized the analysis, and designed new projects—including data modeling and object-oriented design, supervised programming, conducted code reviews, deployed new software on the production site and managed the maintenance of existing web applications.
  • Developed web applications using Java, Servlets, JSP, JavaBeans, EJB, XML, DHTML, SQL Server and Flash to develop computer adaptive tests (CAT) for skills certifications.
  • Performed systems administration—managing servers running Solaris 8 with Apache, Resin, and Borland App Server.
  • Gained extensive experience writing Sh, Bash, and Perl scripts.
Technologies: Jakarta EE, Jakarta Server Pages (JSP), Microsoft SQL Server, Java

Russian Interpreter | Arms Control Inspector

1991 - 2000
  • Traveled extensively in the former Soviet Union on a diplomatic passport in support of arms control treaties.
  • Led as many as 60 marines as a platoon sergeant.
  • Awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the Joint Service Achievement Medal.
  • Was honorably discharged at the rank of staff sergeant.
  • Managed an intranet site that hosted training materials at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.
Technologies: JavaScript, HTML


Node.js, jQuery




.NET, Flask, Bootstrap, AngularJS, Hadoop, Spark, ASP.NET, Jakarta Server Pages (JSP)


Python 3, SQL, C#, Go, JavaScript, Python, HTML, Sh, Java


MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server, Amazon Aurora, Google Cloud


Linux, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Oracle, Solaris, Jakarta EE, iOS, Visual Studio Code (VS Code), Windows Vista


Team Building, Product Management, Relational Database Services (RDS)

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