Written by Pearly Bowser
Albany, Ga – The author of the first book that traces African American-owned high-technology businesses from basement startup to multimillion-dollar success is the keynote speaker for the Albany State University Lecture Series. W. David Tarver will present a talk Thursday, Feb. 7, 9:50 a.m. in the Student Center Ballroom, located on the campus.
In 1983, Tarver founded Telecom Analysis Systems in his basement with colleagues and later sold the company to Bowthorpe (now Spirent Communications) for $30 million. Tarver also spearheaded development of a Spirent telecommunications test equipment business that generated over $250 million in sales. The company’s market value is over $2 billion.
After leaving as head of Spirent’s telecom equipment business unit, Tarver founded the Red Bank Education and Development Initiative located in Red Bank, New Jersey. The community-based not-for-profit catalyzed dramatic improvements in academic performance and opportunities for Red Bank children.
Inspired by his father’s love for electronics, his first book, “Proving Ground” describes the personal experiences that led to his entrepreneurial success. The electrical engineering graduate received a bachelor’s and master’s degree at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
For more information about the ASU Lecture Series, contact the Office of Teaching, Learning and Scholarship at (229) 430-1632.