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Mr. Jack Helmly is the founder and principal of Taproot Capital. As a 27-year veteran of the technology and finance industries, Mr. Helmly has held numerous positions in sales and general management. Throughout his career, Mr. Helmly has maintained a solid reputation as a energetic, creative and thoroughly knowledgeable leader of uncompromising integrity.

Mr. Helmly has leveraged sales, finance, industry and management experience with an intense passion and imagination to build new businesses and change the way his teams compete in the marketplace. His approach is to first understand customer needs, then the dynamics of the competitive marketplace, and finally to develop and deliver unique and valuable services that continuously disrupt the marketplace. The results are nimble, profitable, and sustainable enterprises that stay close to their customers and break away from their traditional competitors through a culture of innovation.

Major strengths include a broad knowledge of the technology industry, Government IT, sales leadership, leasing and finance. Mr. Helmly has authored white papers, marketing collateral, presentations, and numerous proposals that convey the essence of a convincing customer value proposition. His speaking engagements have ranged from internal sales and management meetings, to large public forums for his industry. From advocating customer requirements to messaging and delivering innovative solutions, Mr. Helmly brings a high level of energy and creativity into his work and inspires his team to rise above the competitive playing field and change the game.

As a former executive of a large publicly held company, Mr. Helmly has significant exposure and experience in corporate finance, oversight, internal and external audit, and management metrics.

Mr. Helmly founded, built and operated GTSI Financial Services, Inc., a subsidiary of GTSI Corp.  This unique enterprise contributed significant income to GTSI and effectively transformed the company from a government reseller to an infrastructure services and solutions provider.  

Prior to this highly successful, five year venture, Mr. Helmly held various positions within the financial services, government contracting, and management consulting industries.  Mr. Helmly began his successful career with IBM Corporation, holding various sales and management positions both in the field and headquarters.

Mr. Helmly holds a BS in Computer Science with Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VPI), and numerous certificates of completion in executive programs.  

In June, 2007, Mr. Helmly completed The Executive Program (TEP) at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia.  This international studies program is ranked Number 1 in the world for executive education. For more on TEP, visit 

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