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Rexford E. Ballard

Rexford E. Ballard PhotoRexford E. Ballard
IndustryInformation systems/computers
TitleEnterprise IT Architect, Business Innovation Systems
ExpertiseIntroducing new technology to the public in ways that create new economic opportunity since 1974. This includes CB radios, VCR's, PC's, Information Services, Internet, Open Source and Linux
Current OrganizationIBM
Major ProductCommercialization of emerging technology, enterprise integration, business to business integration
Area of DistributionGlobal
University/DegreeB.A., Performing Arts Management, Loretto Heights College (now part of Regis University), 160 CEU's-Landmark Education Leadership, Communications and Wisdom Programs
BornDecember 27, 1955, Denver, Colorado
Honors & Awards3 Bravo Zulu Awards at Federal Express, Team awarded Malcolm Baldridge Award
Published WorksRoughly 3000 articles on the commercialization of the Internet, over 7000 articles on the commercialization of Linux and Open Source technology
AffiliationsLandmark Education, Linux Advocacy groups, International Executive Guild, Online Newspapers, Online Publishers
Career AccomplishmentsLeader in making the Internet available to the general public. Working with over 1200 BBS operators who became the first Internet dial-up providers. Working with early 8000 newspaper publishers, webmasters and emerging companies ranging from Dow Jones and McGraw-Hill to companies which eventually became Netscape, Yahoo, Infoseek and other well-known names from 1990 to 1999. A leader in the promotion of the Linux operating system and related Open Source Software from "hobby system" to Microsoft's largest competitor from 1993 to 2002 (still active)
Work HistoryAccelerated Schools 1980-81, Data Law 1981-82, Computer Consoles 1982-87, Federal Express 1987-89, Great West Life 1990-92, IBM 1992, Dow Jones 1993-94, McGraw-Hill 1994-97, Prudential Insurance 1997-98, IBM Global Services 1999-present
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