About Tarek

I am a Lebanese American, husband, dad, and techie living in Washougal, Washington. I am currently the vice president of software development engineering at 1010data. Before 1010data, I held various leadership positions in enterprise and startup organizations, including Verizon, Banfield (a Mars Company), Thomson Reuters, and Tribyl Inc. I have a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the American University of Beirut, a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Dallas, and a Ph.D. in Management and Technology from Walden University. I am also a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Besides my corporate engagements, I help support the IT community through public speaking, open-source code contributions, and content sharing through social media.
My passion for computers spans over 35 years. It all began sometime around 1981 when I first saw the game PacMan on an Atari 2600. Seeing those moving dots on a black and white television and later in color aroused all the curiosity in me to learn more, play more, and experience more computers and video game electronics. Since that day, I have never turned back on computers.
I share my thoughts on various technology topics on this site, especially vintage computing and retro gaming. I hope that you will find something on the site that may interest you. Thanks again for visiting my site.