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Based in midtown Manhattan and suburban Washington, DC, True Blade Systems, Inc., was founded in Maryland in 2003. You will always get immediate, around the clock response to your needs when you hire us.

 

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J. Robert Burgoyne

Co-Founder, True Blade Systems, Inc.

Robert has been a computer and technology enthusiast since childhood. He leads True Blade's sales efforts in New York City, develops client websites using Plone, and participates in True Blade's infrastructure support and services projects. He's hands-on and spends a substantial amount of his time working directly with clients. Robert is a strong proponent of using Plone to develop websites, and works with Plone developers all over the world. 

Prior to founding True Blade, Robert worked in financial services as an investment adviser, where he operated his own RIA practice. Before that he held positions in the sales and management of financial products and services at PaineWebber and a startup mutual fund company. It was in these years that Robert learned about the operational complexities of pooled investment vehicles and developed a keen appreciation for internal control systems and processes in regulated businesses.

Prior to working in finance, Robert got his start in computer consulting and custom software development, including being a member of a team that developed the first highly successful client-server database system for Bell Atlantic (now Verizon), where he met Eric Smith, co-founder of True Blade, in 1993. Robert and Eric have kept in close communication ever since.

Robert also worked on DoD projects developing micro-miniature RADAR systems for the U.S. Army.

Robert holds a B.S. in Physics from the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP). UMCP's Physics Department was ranked 14th in 2010 by U.S. News & World Report, and consistently ranks in the top 20 nationwide.

In his free time Robert enjoys exploring New York City, bicycling, and improving his Mandarin Chinese language skills. He travels to Taiwan and China regularly and has many Chinese language associates and friends. Robert's Chinese name is 包若柏。

 

 

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Eric V. Smith

Co-Founder, True Blade Systems, Inc.

Eric specializes in putting a friendly face on Linux server administration, TCP/IP systems implementation and network security. He's also a powerful advocate of the Python programming language, which led True Blade to embrace Plone as a website and web-application development tool for ourselves and for clients.

Previously Eric worked for the NASDAQ corporation as a consultant for nine years on a variety of projects, including the development and monitoring of the NASDAQ.com website. Before that he worked in various positions doing software development and executive management.

Eric holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, with High Distinction, from the University of Virginia. In his free time Eric enjoys gourmet cooking for his family and playing the guitar. In 2009 Eric began an intense daily physical exercise regimen and has already completed 5 triathlons. He most recently participated in the 2011 annual Great Chesapeake Bay Swim, completing a 4.4 mile swim across the Chesapeake Bay. He resides in Kensington, Maryland.

 

Thomas R. Grassi, Jr.

IT Support Specialist

Thomas joined True Blade Systems in January, 2012.

Thomas provides clients with on-site, telephone and email technical support for computers, servers, cell phones and iPads.

He began his career in IT during the Eighties. Thomas has worked for DIRECTV installing satellite dishes, and he has also been employed by FedEx.

His career has taken him to England, Alaska and Key West, Florida, where he lived through 10 hurricanes.

Thomas is a native of New Jersey who attended County College of Morris.

He rides a Harley-Davidson 1200 Sportster.

Thomas has a one-year-old grandson named Maximus.

 

Dee Zhu

Administrative Assistant

Dee joined True Blade Systems in April, 2011.

Dee is fluent in spoken and written Mandarin, and she is active in True Blade’s work in China.

Previously, Dee was a service coordinator for the nonprofit WORC.

Dee is a graduate of Stony Brook University with a B.S. in science.

She has traveled extensively in Europe and Asia, including Germany, France, Greece, Japan and China.

Dee also owns a five-year-old Yorkshire terrier named DouDou.

 
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