Tuesday, March 8, 2022

BDPA Co-Founder, Earl A. Pace, Jr. passes away at 79

 BDPA Co-Founder, IT Hall of Famer, and Tech Industry Legend

Earl A. Pace, Jr. passes away at 79 By Norman Mays, Kenneth Wilson, and Sharrarne Morton, BDPA

If you are interested in attending the virtual memorial service please register at this link below. Attached is a short bio of our forward-thinking and ahead of his time founder Mr. Earl A.Pace Jr.:


National BDPA photo by Charlie Perkins

LARGO, MD (BDPA) – Earl A. Pace, Jr.,  a computer programmer trainee at the Pennsylvania Railroad who went on to become an entrepreneur, an iconic figure of civil rights in the tech industry, and a staunch proponent of technology inclusion initiatives, died February 19, 2022, after enduring a long illness his family said in a statement.  He was 79. “All of us will miss his caring, his love, and his sound wisdom as co-founder of Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA). The date and details of a memorial service will be announced shortly. Please keep us in your hearts and prayers.”

A distinguished alum of The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), Mr. Pace has been in the Information Technology (IT) industry since 1965. He left the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1967. Over the next decade, he rose through the ranks of programmer, programmer analyst, programming manager, and Vice President of a financial telecommunications company in Philadelphia, PA. He became a business owner in 1976 when he incorporated Pace Data Systems, a full-service information technology firm providing services and support through its Philadelphia, PA, and Washington, D.C. offices primarily to banks and savings banks.

In 1975, Mr. Pace co-founded BDPA  in Philadelphia and operated as its president for two years.  In 1978 he coordinated the formation of BDPA into a national organization and functioned as its first National President until 1980. National BDPA has grown into one of the largest professional organizations representing minorities across the IT industry.  In 1992, the BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF or BDPA Foundation) chaired by Mr. Pace, was founded to support the education and technical programs of BDPA. In 2011, Mr. Pace was the first IT-Innovator honored during CompTIA’s annual  IT Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Within BDPA and on a broader industrial scale, Mr. Pace was a vocal advocate for business ownership. His primary message since starting BDPA has always been minorities should strive to rise above just ‘getting a job’ while pursuing ownership, operating their own businesses, and landing a position on a Corporate Board of Directors. About BDPA BDPA, formerly known as Black Data Processing Associates, is an international organization with a diverse membership of professionals and students at all levels in the fields of information technology, computer science, data science, and related science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Founded in Philadelphia, PA in 1975, BDPA Members and BDPA Student Members remain actively engaged in serving their respective communities through technology inclusion programs and STEM outreach events while charting the futures of IT and digital inclusivity with Industry. 

We continue to expand his dreams to touch all who seek knowledge of digital advancement and to break the digital divide. 

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Tuesday, March 1, 2022

The Employment Scam - 1st Interview

This blog post is part 2 of a series. Part 1, “Forewarned is Forearmed” can be found here: https://www.blacksgonegeek.org/2022/02/forewarned-is-forearmed.html

The interview seemed like a normal interview. I had one the previous week for a remote job at a start-up company. That one was on Zoom. I went through the same process with this job. I found a job I liked posted on a reputable employment website. I went through the steps and submitted an application for it. I waited to be selected for an interview. I received a message from the employment website notifying me that someone had an interest in my application and that I should expect an interview. I received the interview request as a calendar entry. Early Monday morning I met with the CEO of the company. I was impressed. I had worked with small businesses before in my BGG Consulting Services business. 

I checked out the prospective employer’s website. I noticed a couple of  typos, but nothing major. It looked like the website needed some attention, but that is what I expected for a company that was looking to hire so many people. Yes, that’s right, I found over 50 job postings at the same company but didn’t think much of it. 

I was excited and looking forward to the interview. I received a call to my cell phone right on time. The CEO explained their situation. They had 10,000 employees. It was a family owned business that had been around for over 20 years. They had just bought a subsidiary company that was coming out of probate from another family and they needed help to refresh the web pages and connect with social media to promote their business. I aced the interview. The CEO said that I should expect to hear from their HR manager later in the week. We didn’t talk money. We didn’t talk start date. It was more like a “meet and greet” and a chance for me to sell myself. 

As they say, hindsight is 20/20. Here is what I can see looking back at the situation. The only research I did on the company was looking at their website. I didn’t spend too much time delving into the company background for a first interview. It was early Monday morning. I didn’t want to waste the CEO’s time asking questions. I had taken contractor jobs in the past after a similar one-time meeting. Nothing seemed unusual except the email came from a gmail account, not from a custom domain name. This, in and of itself wasn’t that big a deal. I had an interview at another company the week before and they used a gmail account too. But shouldn’t a CEO from a company with 10,000 employees use a custom domain? 

The number of job postings seemed unusual but the CEO explained the situation. The company was changing hands and needed a fresh set employees. They had a loyal customer base and they needed back office employees to run the company. And he gave me the name of their holding company which looked legit when I found their website (except for another typo, LOL). 

The CEO didn’t talk about revenue, number of customers, brick and mortar offices or anything concrete. I didn’t think much of it. This was a remote job and they were accommodating my preference to work from home. I could tell from their website that they offered cleaning services in all 5 states and he confirmed that they had hundreds of independent housekeepers from around the country. 

I expected that the follow-up interview that would answer detailed questions like this. I expected an interview to quiz me for the job. So I took this first interview at face value and kept posting for other jobs. Rejection letters started coming in. ☹

Thank you for applying for the position of ABC with XYZ Corporation. While your background and experience are impressive, we have decided to pursue candidates whose qualifications are more closely aligned with the needs of the position.

I started to second guess my employability. Had I been out of the job market for too long? Was I too old to go back to work? Did I really want a full-time job? The roller coaster of emotions started kicking in. Seeing a job that looks like a perfect fit. Dusting off my resume and applying for the job. Seeing a confirmation message that my application was accepted and then waiting, waiting, waiting. 

The CEO said I should hear from their HR manager in a day or two. It was a long week and I heard nothing. Then I got an offer letter late on Friday. I was ecstatic and elated. I couldn’t wipe the smile off of my face when I showed it to my wife. You won’t believe what happened next.

To be continued…

Milton Haynes

Past National BDPA President

Founder, Blacks Gone Geek

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Tuesday, February 22, 2022

The Employment Scam - Forewarned Is Forearmed

Hello BDPA and BGG Family,

I just heard that Earl Pace passed (https://bdpa.org/earl-pace/). I think he’s kicking me from the grave. He taught me the importance of helping the community learn from our challenges to make this world a better place. Rest in peace my brother! 

I haven’t been active on social media for a while, but something happened to me and I just have to talk about it. I’m a victim of an employment scam. I applied for a job online, got interviewed, got an offer letter, took the job, started my first day, went through orientation a team meeting and then scheduled for one-on-one with the COO, only to find out it was all a scam.

Yes, they got my personal information and now I’m sure I’m on the dark web as a gullible target for identity theft.

I’m going to tell my story, not like Shonda and Inventing Anna, but it’s amazing what they went through to make this all look legit. I’m hoping to protect other innocent victims from the same mistakes I made and the ensuing shame and embarrassment.

My 89 year old dad used to say, “forewarned is forearmed” (it short for the proverb: “prior knowledge of possible dangers or problems gives one a tactical advantage.”)

I’m all about helping others to keep from falling into the same traps that befell me.

Stay tuned…

Milton Haynes

Past National BDPA President

Founder, Blacks Gone Geek

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Monday, September 20, 2021

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

BDPA Tech & Career Talk w/ Donald Anderson - June 11, 2021 @ 11:30 AM EST


Tech & Career Talk w/ Donald Anderson

DevOps/Cloud Automation

Donald Anderson
(Genesys, Director - Multi-cloud Ops Automation)

June 11, 2021 @ 11:30 AM EST

Zoom Registration Link:


Donald Anderson has over 20 years of experience in technology operations engineering roles including U.S. Navy service as an IT system technician and recently over 8 years of service at Genesys.com in the Cloud Operations department.

Donald is the Director of the Genesys Multicloud Ops Automation team and is a subject matter expert in technology service management and manual process automation.

Donald has a passion and proven track record for leading initiatives which have successfully automated numerous manual processes (such as automated customer onboarding, automated infrastructure provisioning, automated software deployment, automated employee onboarding, automated network administration, etc.), resulting in optimized customer experience and employee satisfaction.

Donald is passionate about diversifying the tech industry by carrying out his life’s purpose to promote tech education to the youth in inner-city schools and communities similar to where he was raised in the neighborhoods of Roll Hill in Cincinnati and Venerable Flackville in Indianapolis. 

Donald holds over a dozen advanced technology certifications and attended Northwest High School, Ivy Tech community college, and the Purdue School of Engineering at IUPUI.


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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

BDPA CyberEarth 21' Tech Summit April 22-24, 2021


Cyber Earth 21'

We are pleased to announce BDPA's 5th Annual Earth Day Tech Summit: #CyberEarth21.

When: April 22-24, 2021

Register: https://cyberearth21.eventbrite.com/

Additional Infohttps://www.cyberearth.bdpadc.org

Industry Day - April 22, 2021, 11AM-3PM EST
Our Earth Day Tech Summit panelists from Industry will discuss mutually beneficial relationships, their success stories, and technology channel partners who put product into the hands of new customers and generating revenues by distributing complimentary products and services. 

This year's panelists include Industry and Cyber executives from International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners (IAMCP),  Microsoft's Black Channel Partner Alliance (BCPA), and BDPA (formerly known as Black Data Processing Associates.)

Media Day - April 23, 2021, 11AM-3PM EST
Technology, Legislative Affairs, and Media panelists with Industry, Small Business, and HBCU program leaders featuring our Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), GDIT, IBM, National Defense University(NDU), and Samsung USA.

Career Day & APBi - April 24, 2021, 11AM-3PM EST
Presentations, panelists, and an Advance Planning Briefing for Interns (APBi) from Department of State(DOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Air Forces Cyber (AFCYBER), and BDPA Student Member panelists from High School Computer Coding Competition (HSCC) teams and JROTC.

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Become a SharePoint Professional - July 20 Webinar

Are you fluent in Microsoft Technologies? Looking for a new career path that is a lifelong learning experience and is ever changing? Have you ever thought about transitioning from being a SharePoint Administrator to SharePoint Architect but never really knew where to start? "Becoming a SharePoint Professional" is the webinar for you!

"Become a SharePoint Professional" gives a synopsis on how to jump start your career as a SharePoint professional. Our Microsoft certified SharePoint consultants will share how time, practice and the right tools can advance you into this very rewarding and lucrative profession. Whether you are looking to become a developer, administrator or architect, this webinar will help you on your path to "Become a SharePoint Professional".  

Date: July 20, 2016

Time: 8pm Central, 9pm Eastern

Location: Online Webinar 

Cost: Free

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