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a Extra Point Business People VERMONT March 2012 Volume 28, 29, Number 10 8 January 2013 Volume Number by Jack Tenney, Publisher T he cloud! Remember the famous line in The Graduate ? “One word: Plastics!” That was then. Now the advice offered, the code word — words, actually — is more likely to be “The cloud.” So here’s what I know about the cloud. I truly hope you will fi nd it useful in this new year and far into the future. I fi rst saw a clouded leopard at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. As you may know, the clouded leopard has big teeth and fat feet. The big teeth, arranged in an overbite, allow this relatively small wildcat to prey on rela-tively big animals — wild boar, perhaps. The fat feet at the end of surprisingly short legs suggest a corgi body type. In the wild, not all that much is known about clouded leopards. They have been most successful in the lower Himalayas. Somehow they got to Formosa — maybe pretty good swimmers? — but have long since been extinct there. The one I saw in the zoo was far from any natural habi-tat. It was housed in a caged room with fl uorescent lighting, one bare tree limb, a tile fl oor, and a plain, ordinary door. I think it was nearing feeding time as there was some sug-gestion of movement by the light changes along the narrow opening at the bottom of the door. The door had a small window, which I assumed allowed a zoo attendant to look into the caged room. Well, the animal also wanted to use the little window to look out. From its perch on the bare tree limb, a quick bound to the fl oor and then a leap at the door allowed the adaptive acrobat to balance briefl y on the doorknob and peek out the glass. I wondered then if the door was unlocked. Had to be locked, but if not, what were the chances that the leopard’s fat paw would twist the knob and have the door swing in. Oh my gosh! Then what? If a fellow on the other side of the door had a bucket of dead rabbits or something, would the leopard go for the pail or the guy? Those are the kinds of thoughts clouded leopards elicit from me. And I know less about the cloud than I do about clouded leopards, but I continue to be an interested investor in companies like EMC, its near-subsidiary VMware, and my new favorite, Teradata Corp. All big cloud companies, I hear. Probably, like many of you, I think I back up my computers on the cloud. I hope this year I don’t have to try and restore from the cloud. I mean if the stupid computer crashes, how do I get to the cloud then? Jump on a door knob? Oops — In our December story about Martial Way Self Defense, we wrote that, in 1984, David Quinlan took a job with Fred Villari’s Studio of Self Defense and that the chain is no longer in business. Villari’s in South Burlington is very much still in business, and Quinlan never worked there. Our apologies for this error. FEATURES 2 Light Manufacturing Optics, light, microprocessors, and electronics are the Nathaniel Group ’s four elements. 2 Nathaniel Group 8 Small Product, Big Effect The demand for this company’s rugged, embedded computer devices keeps growing. 12 Graphic Control Chris Kesler studied management information systems before most people knew what it was. 16 Teching Charge A case study in college sparked David Rose ’s approach to the world of computers. 8 Logic Supply 12 Earthlogic DEPARTMENTS 20 New Business — Mergers & Acquisitions 25 Ribbon Cutting 26 Faces & Places 31 Breaking Ground 32 Honors & Awards 36 Special Needs and Your Business 16 Rose Computer Business People Vermont FORMERLY BUSINESS DIGEST OF GREATER BURLINGTON ©2013 Mill Publishing Inc. All rights reserved. Publisher Jack Tenney General Rebecca Manager Awodey Managing Virginia Editor Lindauer Simmon Editor Edna Tenney Production Matt Vachon Donda Thibault Advertising Larry Brett Sales Alex Brett Photographers Je Clarke Brad Pettengill Copy Editor Jane Milizia Cover Photo Brad Pettengill Business People–Vermont (ISSN 1523-6781) is published monthly by Mill Publishing Inc., 237 Commerce St. Ste. 202, P.O. Box 953, Williston, VT 05495-0953. Periodical postage paid at Williston, Vt., and additional mailing offices. All rights reserved. Reproduction of any portion without written per mission of the publisher is forbidden. Postmaster: Send address changes to Business People-Vermont, P.O. Box 953, Williston, VT 05495-0953. Editorial material and photographs are solicited and should be mailed to the Editor, Business People-Vermont, P.O. Box 953, Williston, VT 05495-0953. Telephone: (802) 862-4109. Advertising rates available upon request. Subscription rates: $30 one year. Printed in U.S.A. Email: editorial@ vermontguides.com or customer. service@businesspeoplevermont.com. BUSINESS PEOPLE–VERMONT • JANUARY 2013 1

Extra Point

Jack Tenney

The cloud! Remember the famous line in The Graduate? “One word: Plastics!” That was then. Now the advice offered, the code word — words, actually — is more likely to be “The cloud.” <br /> <br /> So here’s what I know about the cloud. I truly hope you will find it useful in this new year and far into the future.<br /> <br /> I first saw a clouded leopard at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. As you may know, the clouded leopard has big teeth and fat feet. The big teeth, arranged in an overbite, allow this relatively small wildcat to prey on relatively big animals — wild boar, perhaps. The fat feet at the end of surprisingly short legs suggest a corgi body type.<br /> <br /> In the wild, not all that much is known about clouded leopards. They have been most successful in the lower Himalayas. Somehow they got to Formosa — maybe pretty good swimmers? — but have long since been extinct there.<br /> <br /> The one I saw in the zoo was far from any natural habitat. It was housed in a caged room with fluorescent lighting, one bare tree limb, a tile floor, and a plain, ordinary door. I think it was nearing feeding time as there was some suggestion of movement by the light changes along the narrow opening at the bottom of the door. The door had a small window, which I assumed allowed a zoo attendant to look into the caged room.<br /> <br /> Well, the animal also wanted to use the little window to look out.<br /> <br /> From its perch on the bare tree limb, a quick bound to the floor and then a leap at the door allowed the adaptive acrobat to balance briefly on the doorknob and peek out the glass.<br /> <br /> I wondered then if the door was unlocked. Had to be locked, but if not, what were the chances that the leopard’s fat paw would twist the knob and have the door swing in. Oh my gosh! Then what? If a fellow on the other side of the door had a bucket of dead rabbits or something, would the leopard go for the pail or the guy?<br /> <br /> Those are the kinds of thoughts clouded leopards elicit from me.<br /> <br /> And I know less about the cloud than I do about clouded leopards, but I continue to be an interested investor in companies like EMC, its near-subsidiary Vmware, and my new favorite, Teradata Corp. All big cloud companies, I hear. Probably, like many of you, I think I back up my computers on the cloud.<br /> <br /> I hope this year I don’t have to try and restore from the cloud. I mean if the stupid computer crashes, how do I get to the cloud then? Jump on a door knob?<br /> <br /> Oops — In our December story about Martial Way Self Defense, we wrote that, in 1984, David Quinlan took a job with Fred Villari’s Studio of Self Defense and that the chain is no longer in business. Villari’s in South Burlington is very much still in business, and Quinlan never worked there. Our apologies for this error.

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