Tugboat Enterprises Inc.

Management Team Judi Tyabji Wilson, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) click to read more Judi Tyabji Wilson, CEO Judi is one of the founding partners of Tugboat Enterprises and her business background is as an owner/operator in management consulting, property development, and multimedia. She has worked with computers since the mid-1980s and was instrumental in advocating technical systems upgrades in all private and public sector positions. Her political career involved public policy development in technology infrastructure advancement, and she worked to take several companies and organizations online. Judi has held elected office as a Member of the Legislative Assembly in local government, has a political science degree (International Relations), and is Director of Maradadi Pacific (1996) which has successfully built business in multimedia, consultancy, and property development. She is a published author and former television and radio show host. (Hon.) Gordon F.D. Wilson, B.Sc., MA, President and Chairman of the Board click to read more Gordon Wilson, President Gordon is the former Minister of Finance and the former Minister of Employment, Investment, and International Trade for the province of British Columbia, Canada. Gordon is President of Maradadi Pacific and has been engaged in business consulting and property development since 1996. He holds a B.Sc., from the State University of New York and a Masters (MA) from the University of British Columbia in Resource Economics. Gordon is one of the founding partners of Tugboat Enterprises and has primary responsibility for capitalizing the company and driving strategy on corporate growth and liaison with other corporations and government. Paul L. Flanagan Jr. , Vice President, Sales and Business Development click to read more Paul Flanagan, VP Sales Paul L. Flanagan Jr. has over 20 years senior management experience in direct sales, channel sales, marketing and business development for industry leading companies Cisco Systems, IBM, Sun Microsystems and Oracle Corporation. Paul has built and managed high caliber successful national and global teams focusing on consulting, hardware, software and networking products and solutions. At Sun Microsystems he built and managed two worldwide sales and technical marketing business units to support business development and revenue growth. While at IBM he was responsible for the integration of Sequent Computers into the RS6000 Business and developing a joint channel sales and alliance organization. At Cisco he was responsible for recruiting partners and building a channel sales team to generate VOIP and Wireless revenue. Paul holds a BS and MS in Economics from Northeastern University, in Boston, and an MBA in Finance and MIS from the University of San Francisco. He is an Adjunct Professor of Management at the Graduate Schools of Management at San Francisco State University and Golden Gate University in San Francisco. Matthew Bleicher, Online Marketing Manager click to read more Matthew Bleicher Matthew Bleicher has been working professionally in the software industry since 1999. His career at Tucows.com, Inc, started with software reviews and progressed through a number of online specialized positions, including creation of HTMLStuff, a Tucows website that taught others how to create their own websites and Director, Quality Control where he was responsible for ensuring consistent online excellence. At Tucows, Bleicher played a key role in the design and implementation of the Author Resource Center (ARC) which is used today by 15,000-plus software companies to promote and manage their software titles. He also designed an SEO program for Tucows, which helped place it at or near the top of relevant Google searches. Jonathan Lyster, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and founding partner click to read more Jonathan Lyster, CTO Jonathan is a senior C, C++ and Pascal programmer and an expert in the development of embedded operating systems. He created the original platform of Tugboat Enterprises. Jonathan worked for three years in computer repair, during which time he co-produced the automation of the repair process, a precursor to the Selkie Software platform. Jonathan has a background in programming, desktop publishing, and Website design. He is the author of The Opera 5.x Book: Browsing the Web with Speed and Style, the original guide to the Opera Web browser. Jonathan owned & operated Lyster Publications, a desktop publishing company specializing in advertising, website design, and small press publishing for corporate clients. Curt Tweedle, Chief Information Architect (CIA) click to read more Curt Tweedle, CIA Curt Tweedle is certified in Microsoft and his computer certifications include Comptia (A+ Certified Professional PC Hardware & software), Net+ (setting up networks for information exchange), i-Net + Certified Professional (setting up systems to interact with the internet), and Microsoft (MCP 070-210 Windows 2000 Professional & MCP 070-215 Windows 2000 Server). He obtained his Microcomputer Support Specialist & Microcomputer Application Specialist certificate in 1999. Advisors Michael E. Callahan, Advisor click to read more Known around the world as Dr. File Finder, Michael is regarded as the world's leading expert on shareware. He works with software programs and developers full-time, evaluating as many as 10,000 programs annually. Since 1982, he has evaluated over 220,000 software and hardware products. Michael is an active member of the shareware community and a co-founder of the Shareware Industry Awards Foundation. He is Manager of Editorial Content on Tucows. In 1990, Michael helped create PC World Online for America Online and CompuServe and worked as Contributing Editor for PC World Interactive. In 1989, John Dvorak recruited Michael to help create Dvorak's Guide to PC Telecommunications. In 1990, Michael wrote Dr. File Finder's Guide to Shareware, and in 1991 he was asked to take over Shareware Magazine. In the intervening years he has written three more books, countless reviews and articles, worked for CNET, ZDNet, Tucows, WUGNET (Microsoft User Group Database) and Simtel, and has continued to be a very active participant in the shareware community. In 1992, he created the Shareware Industry Awards. Michael currently works for TUCOWS and runs Callahan Enterprises doing online PR and marketing primarily for software companies. Dr. File Finder is also a recipient of the 1993 Shareware Industry Award for lifetime achievement and has been inducted into the ASP Hall of Fame. Don Watkins, Advisor click to read more Don is an experienced veteran of the high tech sector, including all aspects of computing including hardware, operating systems, networks, applications, user interface and consumer manuals. He is the owner and operator of the popular Texas-based PCNet-Online, a management and consulting firm engaged in the creation and management of online content, online community resources, and other telecommunications and computer related consulting. He has recognized expertise in working with enterprises that range from start-ups to major computer and telecommunications corporations, and has created content for major online services, managing communities, and providing key creative and technical services to establish the Web presences of major corporations, with responsibility for managing multiple areas for CompuServe, MSN, Dell, Toshiba, Gateway and ZDNet.com. Don's professional memberships include Founding Member of the Association of Shareware Professionals and Founding Member of the Association of Online Professionals. He has been awarded the Telecommunications (John Dvorak) Excellence Award for Lifetime Achievement (1994). Don was inducted into the SIAF Hall of Fame (1997). In 2003 he received the Shareware Industry Association Lifetime Achievement Award. Josephine (Josie) Tyabji, Advisor click to read more Josie has spent over 20 years in business development in the wine industry, initially as General Manager for Okanagan Vineyards, currently as Business Development Manager for Vincor International, one of the largest wine companies in the world. As General Manager for Okanagan Vineyards she oversaw all aspects of operation, including financial management, production management, sales, marketing, vineyard, & government relations. She joined Okanagan Vineyards in its early days, and was directly involved with the winery and vineyard operation from ground zero through its growth, development, and profitability. During her time as General Manager of Okanagan Vineyards, Tyabji managed the operations of a three-year contract with Ferrero Rocher in Germany for the processing and export of cherries in liqueur for their chocolates. Tyabji managed the transition of Okanagan Vineyards from a successful family-owned operation to a vital component in a large and growing international wine enterprise. In 1998, Josie was appointed Business Development Manager at Vincor, the position she currently holds. Josie is a Member of the BC Wine Institute Board of Directors, and is the Chair of the BC Wine Institute Finance Committee. In addition to her Certified Management Accounting designation, Tyabji holds Levels 1 and 2 in Microsoft Access Databases - Levels 1 and 2 and has completed several business courses. Greg Weir, Advisor click to read more Greg Weir, Advisor Greg Weir has more than 25 years' experience in the software and Internet industries. He wrote and operated an online Bulletin Board System in 1981 and between 1982 and 1986, owned and operated a successful retail computer store in Toronto. He continued to develop software and online tools while working as a radio announcer for 5 years before returning to the industry full time as the webmaster for Canada's largest independent Internet Service Provider, Internet Direct. When Internet Direct acquired Tucows, Greg managed the technical and operations components for the Tucows software download sites. In 2003 Greg became Director, Content Division for Tucows and became responsible for all aspects of the content division including operations, business and sales. Mr. Weir also operates an Independent Software Vendor business producing server monitoring software and currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Association of Shareware Professionals. Greg studied Computer Engineering, Project Management and Radio Broadcasting at Humber College and received degrees in Psychology and Mass Communication from York University. History Selkie Rescue Migration & Data Recovery was created by two IT professionals, James Mogan and Jonathan Lyster, who wanted to find an easier way to move data from broken Windows computers. In 2004 Tugboat Enterprises was formed to develop and market the product. Since its original incarnation, Selkie Rescue has developed into a whole line of software products, called Selkie Software, which address the needs of computer users of all levels.