For nearly 11 years, Mr. Edwards served as Director of Computer Operations for Needham & Company, Inc. a New York City-based
investment firm on Park Avenue. He managed the computer operation as Needham grew from 18 PCs to over 150 with branch offices in Boston, Massachusetts and Menlo Park, California.
During the early years,
Mr. Edwards was able to reduce costs by building some of the computers Needham used and providing in-house training on both computers and software.
Mr. Edwards leadership provided Needham with ongoing
cost savings as he managed and maintained the computer and software inventory while the firm established its presence on both coasts and increased its visibility in the investment banking community.
Drawing on the management skills he developed at Needham & Company, Mr. Edwards began working with Openet as a Senior Project
Manager for a broad range of clients.
Openet was an ideal partnership: A visionary (Bill Hobrecht) and an organizer (Geoff Hooks). It takes a dreamer and a doer to make cutting-edge technology work right.
Bill related quickly to, and embraced evolving technology. Geoff maintained more lists than Santa Claus. The employees were all highly-skilled technicians, most of whom referred to themselves as
"Russian speaking peoples."
Openet, Inc. provided Systems Integration, Application Development, Y2K Testing and Remediation, Web Design, Knowledge Management, Market Data Analysis and
Ongoing Technical Support.