David Helon spent his early professional career as an officer in the United States Marine Corps serving in Quantico, VA; Okinawa, Japan and Parris Island, SC. His professional focus in the Marine Corps was with computers and telecommunications as well as learning the art of leadership. After 9 years of military service, he moved into the civilian sector working for U.S. West in Seattle, WA where he spearheaded the implementation of "intelligent routing" for installation and repair telephone technicians while still using the legacy Bellcore workforce, repair and provisioning systems. After almost 3 years in the Emerald City, it was back to his home town of Pittsburgh, PA where he began work at FORE Systems as their Network Engineering Manager within the Customer Support organization. After 3 years at FORE Systems, David joined a Pittsburgh data storage company known as Panasas. Panasas had built the world's fastest HPC storage with an object-based, distributed, parallel file system on commodity hardware and sold equipment to many Fortune 100 companies around the globe.