ALBANY, Ga. -- Author William David Tarver, the son of former Albanians who wrote the first book that traces an African-American-owned high-tech business from dream to basement start-up to multimillion-dollar success, will be the featured speaker at Albany State University's Honors program Thursday.
"Proving Ground," which traces Tarver's journey from ambitious youth to successful entrepreneur, is being hailed as a groundbreaking work for its compelling look at the author's roll of the entrepreneurial dice that saw him build an electronics company, Telecom Analysis Systems, in his basement with two close friends and later sell the company for $30 million.
An ambitious young man in Flint, Mich., inspired by his father's electronics expertise, Tarver worked seven years with AT&T Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, N.J., before creating a firm that would conceive, design, engineer and manufacture sophisticated telecommunications equipment eventually sold in more than 20 countries.
The author, who will speak at the ASU Honors program at 9:50 a.m. Thursday in the university's ACAD Auditorium, will also speak and sign copies of his book from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. that same day at the Business Incubator Program at the 230 S. Jackson St. Microbusiness Enterprise Center.
Both events are free to the public.