Tom Basil is Percona's first Chief Operating Officer, having begun in 2008. Previously Tom was the first Director of Support for MySQL Ab, serving eight years until the company's $1 billion acquisition by Sun Microsystems. Tom managed a team of 60 persons who worked via the Internet from their homes scattered across 15 different nations. His team included Peter Zaitsev and Vadim Tkachenko, who later became Percona's founders. Tom was introduced to MySQL in 1999 as a DBA for an Internet start-up. His prior computing career was as a civilian programmer and DBA for the US Navy. Tom works from his Baltimore, Maryland home, where his lovely wife of 27 years and their six now grown children have lived and breathed MySQL for the past 15 years.