Annette Harwood Murphy
Co-founder, President/CEO, Chairman of the Board
Annette Harwood Murphy has guided TLC’s strategic planning, fiscal operations, and administration since 1975. TLC creates automation technology for libraries and school districts of all sizes, including some of the busiest libraries in the world. The company serves over 5,000 libraries world-wide with about 200 staff members from its offices in the United States and abroad.
Under Mrs. Murphy’s leadership, the TLC corporate family has grown to include CARL Corporation (acquired in 2000) and Tech Logic Corporation (majority stockholder share acquired in 2005). In addition, TLC has established strategic partnerships with leading companies throughout the world to offer more products and services–and more choices–to the library community.
The company’s offerings have grown from cataloging and PAC products to an array of sophisticated systems that include integrated automation, acquisitions, online cataloging, authority control, RFID technology, and other products and services required for the success of today’s libraries.
TLC is built on the principles of honesty and integrity, and values its relationships with its library customers. The company strives to create and maintain long-term partnerships with libraries, and to ensure that each library’s experience with TLC is founded on trust.
Mrs. Murphy’s professional background is in finance, software development, and systems analysis. She has worked as a systems analyst and consultant in the development of accounting and office procedures. Mrs. Murphy pursued studies at the University of Georgia in Atlanta and Dekalb College in Decatur, Georgia in system analysis.
Mrs. Murphy received a Doctor of Humanities degree from Shepherd University on May 20, 2006. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Shepherd University Foundation, the Board of Directors of the Charles Town Library, and the Campaign Committee of Hospice of the Panhandle. Mrs. Murphy also serves on the Shenandoah Museum Council.
Calvin Whittington, Director of Finance and Administration
Calvin Whittington has served as TLC’s controller since joining the company in 1987. In this position, he oversees budgeting, cost management, general accounting, data processing, inventory control, and purchasing for TLC. Mr. Whittington directs the Accounting, and Administration and Finance departments. He also serves as controller of CARL Corporation in Colorado and Tech Logic in Minnesota, companies owned by TLC. With these three companies, Mr. Whittington promotes the financial health of budgets and revenues in the millions. Mr. Whittington holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Shepherd University (WV) and an M.B.A. from Shenandoah University (VA).
Gar Sydnor, Senior Vice President
Gar Sydnor is a veteran of the library automation industry. As Vice President of Sales, he was instrumental in the growth of sales of Library•Solution, CARL•X, and add-on products. As Senior Vice President, Mr. Sydnor oversees TLC’s strategic direction and guides development of customer-driven solutions and partnerships for the TLC family of libraries. Mr. Sydnor holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington and Lee University (VA).
Jabe Bloom, Chief Technology Officer
Jabe Bloom is a Software/Security Architect who has provided thought leadership on emerging technologies to Fortune 100 companies. Mr. Bloom’s expertise is in the architectural and security oversight of large-scale, highly secure transactional applications. He is an avid practitioner of agile development processes. In his early career, Mr. Bloom developed some of the first Java-based Web sites for clients such as Sotheby’s and Black and Decker. Mr. Bloom was Chief Architect of the iXL office in New York (now Razorfish), overseeing all technical implementations. Mr. Bloom has also served as Technical Director at IconNicholson, where he led major software development projects for clients including Valspar, S&P, The Doris Duke Foundation, and the NRF 06 Store of the Future.
Paul Leppert, Vice President, Managing Director, Denver Operations
Before accepting his current position, Mr. Leppert served as Executive Project Manager of the implementation of CARL•X at Chicago Public Library. Before overseeing the Chicago Public Library project, Mr. Leppert was the Director of Technology Operations at Deloitte & Touche Tax Technologies where he implemented a hosted tax software solution for his customers. Mr. Leppert has also served as a consultant for Deloitte Consulting and Technology Solutions Company (TSC) in Chicago where he led many software development, software implementation, and technology strategy projects.
Brad Murphy, Vice President, Singapore Operations
Brad Murphy began with TLC during the company’s early days of development. He has served TLC as a salesperson and has also coordinated library conference details and equipment. Mr. Murphy brings a wealth of TLC experience to his current position, where he oversees TLC’s Singapore operations and manages a staff of employees there. In addition to representing TLC to new libraries internationally, Mr. Murphy assists with the use of TLC systems by many of the company’s international customers.
DJ Miller, Director of Inwood Operations
DJ Miller brings a depth of technical and managerial experience to TLC. Mr. Miller joined the company in 2003 and has served TLC in a number of roles, including Quality Assurance engineer, project manager, head of Research & Development, and head of IT. As Director of Inwood Operations, he has a customer focus role and oversees the Project Management, Implementation, Support and IT departments. Prior to his career at TLC, Mr. Miller worked as a network engineer at Garden State Tanning responsible for a multi-national network spanning across the United States and Mexico.
Lorrie Ann Butler, Director of Product Strategy and Customer Relations/Denver
Prior to this position, Ms. Butler served as the Information Systems Project Manager for the Contra Costa County Library, in Pleasant Hill, CA. and as the Data Training Coordinator, as well as various other positions, for the Denver Public Library in Colorado. In her more than 20 years of service to libraries, she has led many initiatives for innovative and new services through the integration of technology, change management, project management and strategic planning activities. She has also advocated and been responsible for educating staff and customers in the area of information technology. In 2002, Ms. Butler was named one of America’s “Movers & Shakers” by Library Journal. She remains an active member of her local library community, the American Library Association, the Public Library Association and has also held several posts, including that of Chair, on the CARL User’s Steering Committee and on Library Information Technologies Association (LITA) committees.