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

I’m a family man first and foremost.  I’ve been married to a wonderful lady named Kate for more than 25 years.  We have 3 kids, Alex, Ian, and Oriana.  Alex is in medical school at USF, Ian is at the new Florida Polytechnic campus in Lakeland, and Ori is serving in the Air Force at Grand Forks, North Dakota.

After 11 eleven great years at AutoLoop, where I was the CTO, I decided it was time for a change and resigned.  I spent a few months at a financial technology startup, but then decided to start my own business.  I worked on Foundation Mercury over the summer with a small team of interns, and now I’m actively seeking a full time role.

We’ve been in Florida since 2005, having moved here 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.

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

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