Verbus and Craig met at a crypto-currency meetup, organized by Verbus, in Oklahoma City. They immediately recognized a connection of mutual interests, starting with technology but leading to personal views about ethics, society, charity, and perhaps most importantly a person’s responsibility to help serve a higher purpose. They quickly became friends. Verbus’s son Shaheen, a surgeon by day and crypt-evangelist by night, joined the conversation about “How can we create a BP group that has no conflicts of interests with anyone else in the ecosystem.” EOS BlockSmith was founded and the vision forged.

CRAIG MURRAY
Co-Founder
SHAHEEN COUNTS, MD
Co-Founder
VERBUS COUNTS
Co-Founder
Craig is a software engineering veteran of 20 years with work stretching from embedded C++ to full stack web applications and lot of video games. In 2017 he found decentralized ledger technology and began to study. It became clear to him the potential of these new tools to change the world and improve the lives of everyone on Earth. It was only a matter of time until he stumbled into EOS, realized it was the platform he wanted to move his career to, and began to form the vision for BlockSmith’s ‘no-strings-attached’ approach. After graduating from medical school Shaheen completed a residency in Head and Neck surgery and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. It was shortly thereafter that he became enraptured by Bitcoin and blockchain technology. He joined Blockchain@Berkely as a business consultant, later leaving in 2018 to start his own blockchain education and technology consultancy. He is an avid blockchain evangelist and has a fundamental belief in the power that blockchain technology has to change the world for the better. Verbus leads the technology and infrastructure endeavors at BlockSmith. Verbus is a skilled senior software consultant and IT project manager. Having worked in the realm of programming and technology for over 50 years, he is experienced in software development management, database administration, system analysis, and systems programming. He also specializes in application programming, UNIX/Linux, performance engineering, software training and Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA).

 

AMY ASANDRA, MD
Business Development
JERRY HUFF
Blockchain Infrastructure Engineer
Amy is an interventional radiologist and a self professed crypto junkie. After completing her radiology residency, the allure of Silicon Valley drew Amy to Northern California where she completed her fellowship in interventional radiology at Stanford. The location presented a unique opportunity for Amy to immerse herself in the start-up scene, exploring the intersection of medicine and technology. This ground-level perspective of Silicon Valley resulted in a wealth of knowledge and experience in both the technology and cryptocurrency spaces. Jerry has his roots in hardware and systems administration, having spent 25 years as a technician before completing his degree in computer science in 1997 at California State University, Stanislaus. For the past 21 years he has been a systems administrator on various flavors of Unix and Linux, keeping over 1400 servers happy and running smoothly and securely.

 

RYAN BETHEM
Head of Operations 
RODRIGO QUAN
Asia Strategy Lead
Ryan has a background as a Psychologist in San Francisco, specializing in psychoanalytic treatment of complex trauma. He is particularly passionate about grassroots campaigns committed to human rights and financial equality. Using a background in group dynamics, politics and philosophy allows him to offer a unique perspective on the development of the EOS ecosystem. Since discovering the potential for blockchain technology to empower the global majority, he has been fully committed to helping campaign for the most equitable approaches in the industry. Upon graduating from Amherst College in 2014, Rodrigo began his professional career as an M&A investment banker in New York City and Hong Kong. Driven by his passion for the disruptive power of tech innovation in traditional industries, he left that job in the pursuit of high-impact start-up ventures at the intersection of supply chain management and financial technology. It was during this time of great learning that he discovered the power of Blockchain technology and its potential to mold the world into a better place, and has been committed to the Blockchain cause ever since.

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