by Joseph Brady, Director of Business Development and Cloud Alliance Leader at Treehouse Software, Inc.
Many readers know that Treehouse Software has been around since 1983, serving enterprises worldwide with industry-leading software products and outstanding technical support. However, this blog series will dig a little deeper into Treehouse Software’s origins and explore how founder and president, George Szakach blazed a trail from being a systems programmer in the early 60s, to creating and growing his own software company from the early 80s up to the present.
The beginnings… 1960’s. Moon Landing, Flower Power, the Righteous Brothers, and Punched Cards
George is a Vietnam-era veteran and started working with mainframes in 1960 while in the Army.
After programming school in Fort Monmouth, NJ, George was assigned to Fort Huachuca, Arizona where he wrote army related applications on the IBM 709.
Before leaving the army in 1963, George had many job offers. Three years of programming experience was unheard-of back then, so his skillset was very valuable. He was even offered a job by the president of Informatics, working in Houston at the NASA Johnson Space Center to “put a man on the moon.” He declined.
Throughout the rest of the 60s, George worked at Burroughs, Univac, and Leasco. During the 70s through 1982, George worked for Ocean Data Systems, Data General, Optical Recognition Systems, Software AG (his longest stint – 7 years), and Superior Oil.
IBM 709 Computer System…
George’s archeological finds from his time at Univac…
With all of this foundational mainframe experience combined with his skills honed at Software AG, the seeds were planted for George’s future: take those roots, move to the trees, and build a house…
Coming soon… Part 2: Treehouse Software’s first generations.
About Treehouse Software
Since 1983, Treehouse Software has been serving enterprises worldwide with industry-leading mainframe software products and outstanding technical support. Today, Treehouse Software is a global leader in providing data replication, and integration solutions for the most complex and demanding heterogeneous environments, as well as feature-rich, accelerated-ROI offerings for information delivery, and application modernization.