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Robert Sparre – President

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Rob Sparre


Professional Bio:

Did not know what a computer was in 1982 and bought a Texas Instruments TI99-4A for $49 at JC Penny; began IT career in 1984 at Delmarva Power as a temp and had a wonderful time there for 10 years; author of a book on Banyan VINES and SCO Unix. Network consulting career started 1995, went solo in Feb 1997 and formed Dorset Connects in Sep 1997 with Jeffrey Rosenberg. Known as “the guy who labels his label maker”, writing detailed documentation on subjects from building Linux boxes and CheckPoint firewalls, to wireless and VoIP how-to’s.

Personal Bio:

Born and raised in Wilmington, DE, Wilmington Friends School for 13 years, then U of Tampa for a music degree. Associates in Electronics from Del Tech thinking I would learn how to repair my keyboard synthesizers – but to no avail. Bowling alley mechanic in high school – left with 197 average and represented DE in Washington DC for high school seniors. Learned plants and landscaping in Tampa, FL, played in horn bands, and learned the fine art of dry aged steaks and meat cutting at the famous Bern’s Steak House. Learned to butcher veal back in Wilmington and became chef at the Crepe Chalet, helped open several restaurants, and got the computer bug in 1982 and quit the restaurant business. Just learned to play golf, and worried that I will like it. Haven’t picked up a bowling ball more than a couple of times in 35 years.

More about Rob:

Favorite book: Team of Rivals

Past careers: Bowling alley mechanic, nursery and landscaping, musician, ice cream truck driver, butcher, chef, network engineer, consultant, company owner.

Favorite musician / band: Chick Corea / Weather Report

Favorite Restaurant: Local excellent and fun is Fogo de Chao, but Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse in Berkeley CA is #1. Wouldn’t it be funny if everybody said Fogo de Chao?

Favorite Coffee: Latte. None of that skim stuff – give me the fat!

Robert Sparre