Tom Basil began in the newly created role of Percona Chief of Staff in June, 2015. For nearly seven years previously he was Percona's first Chief Operating Officer. Previously Tom was the first Director of Support for MySQL Ab, serving eight years until the company's $1 billion acquisition by Sun Microsystems. His MySQL 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 29 years and their six now grown children have always resided.