Chris J Mears

Chris J Mears

I'm a Data Visualization Engineer and Data Scientist with experience in Machine Learning, NLP, Deep Learning, SQL, Python, and JavaScript.

Technical Skills

  • ProgrammingPython, SQL, JavaScript, Ruby, PHP, HTML, CSS
  • Machine LearningDeep Learning, Keras, neural networks, NLP, NLTK, PyTorch, scikit-learn, spaCy, statsmodels, TensorFlow, unsupervised and supervised modeling
  • Database & Data StorageRelational, NoSQL, MySQL, Postgres, MongoDB, Hadoop, S3, RDS, Google Cloud Storage (GCS)
  • Cloud ServicesAmazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP)
  • DevOpsDocker, CircleCI, Github, Github Actions, Gitlab, Heroku, TravisCI
  • ToolsAnaconda, bash, git, Github, Gitlab, Jira, Linux server, NumPy, pandas, scipy, UNIX, Vim, VS Code, Jupyter, Spark, PySpark, BigQuery
  • Data Visualization & DeploymentTableau, Seaborn, Matplotlib, Streamlit
  • Research & AnalysisA/B Testing, Data Visualization, Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA), Extract Transform Load (ETL), Hypothesis Testing, Data Mining, Data Management


Senior Engineer

CarevoyancePortland, OR (remote) (Feb 2021 to Present)
  • Modernized sales platform by converting from AngularJS to Svelte.
  • Increase customer success team's efficiency by developing client analytics dashboards using Google Data Studio.

Consultant / Owner

Wandering Leaf Studios, LLCSan Diego, CA (May 2018 to Present)
  • Increased online sales by over $200k in six months by enhancing the eCommerce solution, configuring data analytics to collect relevant customer data for email marketing, and collaborating on creative solutions for shipping and logistics problems.
  • Increased sales 50% over the previous year using data analysis, A/B testing, and geo-targeted segmentation with Google AdWords campaigns.
  • Automated advanced SQL queries and ETL techniques using Apache Airflow to reduce boring weekly administration tasks by over 50%.
  • Empowered sales, marketing, and executive teams to review core business analytics (KPIs) and discover insights without their engineering teams by architecting data pipelines, configuring cloud data storage systems, and creating custom dashboards.
  • Delivered understandable and well-written presentations and data story reports with effective data visualizations and clear conclusions.

Web Development Engineer II

GoodreadsSan Francisco, CA (February 2013 to May 2014)
  • Collaborated in a small team to rebuild the cross-compatible mobile web app version of the website, which received 17-million monthly unique visitors.
  • Mentored junior team members on web development conventions and best practices.

Technical Co-Founder (Data Engineer)

Canned BannersSan Francisco, CA (January 2009 to February 2013)
  • Technical co-founder of a small adTech startup, which was acquired in 2018.
  • Automated the backend for a dynamic ad creation product, which generated revenue for over 5 years with no maintenance.
  • Architected the PHP backend platform, automated reporting, and configured data pipelines and data storage for our products using AWS cloud services.
  • Assisted with bigger picture technical decisions and took the initiative to perform the duties of data engineer, lead software developer, systems administrator, database administrator, and cloud systems architect.

Software Engineer III

Cisco SystemsSan Francisco, CA (January 2010 to June 2011)
  • Optimized front-end code, which significantly reduced download times and improved browser compatibility for an enterprise-level media platform.
  • Influenced the internationalization (i18n) effort and worked with senior developers to implement custom text replacement in the Cisco Media Solutions Group.

Front-end Web Developer

Foodbuzz, IncSan Francisco, CA (September 2008 to August 2009)
  • Established the front-end web development framework for a small startup and initiated team coding standards.

Information Technology Manager

Wine InstituteSan Francisco, CA (June 2005 to September 2008)
  • Continuously improved non-profit’s IT infrastructure with a minimal budget.
  • Migrated the main member database, rebranded and reorganized the website, and managed the network, asset management, security, and documentation.

Telecom Specialist II

Progressive InsuranceCleveland, OH (June 2003 to March 2005)
  • Provided Tier 2 network support for all United States remote offices, including daily interaction with phone carriers such as AT&T and MCI Worldcom.

Project Assistant (Intern)

NCRDayton, OH (June 2002 to August 2002)
  • Developed and managed projects involving the deployment of a remote access Internet Virtual Private Network (IVPN) solution for the company’s remote workers.

Web Developer (Intern)

BAE SystemsAlexandria, VA (June 2000 to August 2001)
  • Collaborated corporate web team to deliver ColdFusion web applications for the U.S. Navy (AEGIS), Defense Energy Support Center (DESC), and corporate inter/intranet.


  • Bachelor of Science, Communication Systems Management (2003)
    Ohio University, Athens, OH
  • Data Science Career Track, Data Science (April 2020 cohort)
    Springboard, Online
    600+ hours of hands-on curriculum, with 1:1 industry expert mentor oversight, and completion of 2 in-depth capstone projects. Mastering skills in Python, SQL, data analysis, data visualization, hypothesis testing, and machine learning.




  • Rescue dog owner 🐶
  • Tea, coffee, and craft beer enthusiast 🍵☕️🍺

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