My name is Eric Z. Beard. The ‘Z’ stands for Zane, in case you’re wondering.

I’ve been married to a wonderful lady named Kate for more than 27 years. We have 3 kids – Alex, Ian, and Oriana. Alex is in medical school at USF, Ian is seeking his first job as a web developer in Seattle, and Ori is serving in the Air Force.

After 11 eleven great years at AutoLoop, where I was the CTO, I decided it was time for a change and resigned at the end of 2016. I spent a few months at a financial technology startup in Orlando, but then decided to start my own business. I worked on Foundation Mercury over the summer with a small team of interns, and it was a great project, but then I was offered a very exciting opportunity with Amazon. I accepted that job, moved to downtown Seattle, and now I lead teams of Solutions Architects in the AWS Partner organization.

We lived in Florida from 2005 to 2017, having moved there from Virginia where I worked for several different tech companies (Brainbench, British Telecom, AOL, SusQTech). Before that, I served 9 years in the Marine Corps as a Russian Linguist and Arms Control Inspector. I was a Staff Sergeant when I got out in 2000.

I’m into games (Magic, Warhammer 40K, Hearthstone, and modern board games), photography, hiking, fiction writing, and I’ve been known to crank out some code now and then.

I recently published a tech book called AWS Sysops Cookbook. Check it out if you are looking for a broad introduction to AWS services.


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