Ed Gooding


Before joining Data Blueprint, Ed was co-founder and principal in Firebird Staffing Solutions.  FSS started providing staffing services to clients from Charlotte, NC to Baltimore, MD, in 2014. In 1983, Ed co-founded, owned and served as President of The Merge Computer Group in Richmond, Virginia.  Merge closed its doors at the end of 2013.  The company provided Information Technology consulting and staff augmentation services, application development solutions, and usability consulting services to clients in the Mid-Atlantic region.

In 1979, Ed founded his first company from which he provided personal I.T. consulting services to large corporate clients that included A. H. Robins Pharmaceuticals, Best Products, Reynolds Metals, and different divisions of the Virginia State Corporation Commission. Ed has also been involved with Virginia Commonwealth University since 2003 in a variety of ways.  He has been teaching in the School of Business Executive M.S. in the I.T. (FTEMS/EMSIS) program since 2008, serves on the curriculum advisory committee and has collaborated with VCU on business ventures.