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.

justinsJustin 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.

scottsScott 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).

johnhJohn 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.

dennissDennis 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.