Blade Technologies, Inc. was founded in 2004 by a collaborative group of professionals who had worked together in various entities for many years. Sharing a common goal of providing enterprise-class consulting to small businesses, Blade quickly became the local industry leader. Averaging 12% growth year after year, Blade Technologies continues to provide strategic technology sales, support, and consulting to businesses and organizations in the St. Louis, MO region.
In 2011, Blade acquired Network Data Solutions, founded by Marty OBlack in 1996 after a career with Digital Equipment Corporation (now part of HP.) Marty recognized that needs of smaller customers were often underserved. Unless clients had large projects or budgets, it was difficult for them to get information technology assistance. Believing he could provide these services for smaller firms at reasonable costs, Marty began operating Network Data Corporation in Chesterfield, MO in 1996.
In 2014, Blade acquired UltraTech Resources. UTR was formed from the internal support staff of SyllogisTeks to fulfill ongoing efforts of providing better internal support for SyllogisTeks and managing client relationships. In 2008 UltraTech Resources began a Managed Services practice providing clients the option of remote support and management coupled with added services of desktop updates, managed anti-virus and other services which could be delivered remotely.
Blade’s shareholders are also key employees, possessing significant experience in IT consulting as well as other professional services. Their industry specific knowledge and general business intellect help drive the excellent support and strategic direction provided to our clients.
David Mellinger, President and COO – With a background in marketing, technology, and customer service, David is responsible for leading the firm as well as daily operations guaranteeing that services are delivered in a timely, quality manner. A graduate of the Washington University MBA program, he ensures that Blade’s solutions are business solutions, not just technical solutions. David is a movie and video game buff when not spending time with his wife and children.
Justin Schowalter, CTO – A graduate of the University of Missouri, Justin’s impressive technical and business consulting skills are the result of Blade’s mentoring and training programs. Justin is the internal expert for several technology platforms and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). Justin has over 15 years of technical and business consulting for small and medium sized I.T. environments. In his free time, Justin enjoys spending time with his family.
Scott Schaffer, CISO – Scott is a veteran of the IT industry in St. Louis, having worked in IT related positions for over 20 years. His experiential skillset is ideal for the services he provides our clients; not only was Scott a founder of Networkz Consulting, but he has written technical manuals, taught at the collegiate level, and is a regular fixture on regional media such as KTVI-TV, KPLR-TV, KTRS-AM and WLS-AM. In his free time Scott volunteers at several local charities including the Youth and Family Center and the Tapestry of Community Offerings (TOCO).
John Hugery, VP Engineering – An Electronic Engineer with thirty years in the industry, John is relied upon internally and externally for his vast technological knowledge. Aside from his responsibilities in delivering high-level consulting and implementation to our clients, John also fulfills the critical role of mentoring the technical staff. John is constantly investigating new technologies and devices to determine appropriate solutions to clients’ business issues. He regularly enjoys model shipbuilding and railroading, as well as building rockets with his kids.
Dennis Schowalter, CEO Emeritus – Dennis brings 40 years of accounting and business leadership experience to Blade. During Vietnam, Dennis served as a Captain in the Army and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. As one of the founders of Schowalter & Jabouri, P.C. (now retired), a leading accounting firm in the St. Louis region, Dennis provides a keen financial insight that is often lacking in other IT firms. An avid sports fan, Dennis balances his time between watching the Cardinals and spending time with his three grandchildren.
Blade Technologies believes in giving back to the community through ongoing education for diverse companies in the St. Louis area. From giving company presentations on the latest technology topics to assisting with various non-profit organizations, we believe our company is only as strong as the city we support.
Our latest contributions support the following organizations:
- Tapestry of Community Offerings (TOCO)
- Heartland Humane Society’s Panting for Paws 5K