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Stephen Hesterman > Treasure in Earthen Vessels | About Us
Short Bio and ResumeI was born and raised in Chatham Borough, New Jersey, attending the borough's public schools and graduating from Chatham High School in 1966. When I was 5 or 6 years old, I accepted Jesus Christ into my heart as my Lord and Savior. As a young lad, I enjoyed collecting and reading Esso road maps of each state and following the growth of new highways, especially the United States Interstate Highway System. Intending to be a Civil Engineer, I attended Newark College of Engineering (now NJIT) after finishing high school. However, a sophomore-year course in FORTRAN programming changed my focus, and I switched my major to computer science. During the summers of 1968 and 1969, while a college student, I worked as a computer operator and programmer trainee at the IBM Datacenter in Newark, New Jersey. (The IBM Datacenter — renamed the IBM Basic Systems Center by the time I worked there in 1969 — afforded me the opportunity to learn IBM 360 Basic Assembly Language (BAL) and PL/I.)
After graduating from college, I worked for Esso Math and Systems Incorporated (EMSI) and its successor — Exxon Corporation's Communications and Computer Science (CCS) Department — for about 12 years, interrupted by a period of service in the US Army. While stationed at Letterman Army Institute of Research in San Francisco, I developed statistical programs for the researchers and attended a graduate level Marketing course at Golden Gate College (now Golden Gate University). While working at Exxon, my projects included:
In 1983, I started Zeducorp to develop commercial database software applications for IBM personal computers and Novell local area networks. My early software tools included the IBM Personal Editor, the Digital Research PL/I compiler, and the Data Access Dataflex relational DBMS. During the 1980s and 1990s, Zeducorp developed customized, multi-user data entry and reporting systems for various clients, including Control Data (later Ceridian) clients in the New York metro area and beyond. After the turn of the 21st century, my company became more focused on website design and development as well as search engine optimization.
In May, 2016, my wife and I attended an Internet Advertising Bureau Small Publisher Conference & Fly-in in Washington, DC, during which we visited the offices of several United States Senators to raise concerns over the increasing use of Internet ad blockers. We expressed concern over the long term effects of this trend, which has significantly reduced revenues for online information and news publishers. We noted that a healthy democracy relies on professional news organizations that are adequately funded to produce accurate, carefully-sourced news stories.
Meeting with United States Senate Staff Members
at the 2016 IAB Small Publisher Conference & Fly-in
By God's grace, my wife Jane (nee Knauss) and I have been happily married for over 40 years, and we live in Manahawkin, New Jersey. God has blessed us with four children and a baker's dozen of grandchildren. In our limited spare time, I like to experiment with our digital SLR camera, and my wife enjoys watercolor painting. Her portfolio is located at Jane Hesterman.com.
Tree stump on a beach
Corolla, North Carolina
Window dormer, Williamsburg, Virginia
Tree trunks on a shoreline
Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, Canada
Rain Shower During a Thunderstorm
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