"Hemispheric change good for Northeast TN entrepreneur" by Tom Ballard

By Tom Ballard, Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurial Initiatives, Pershing Yoakley & Associates, P.C.

Imagine uprooting your family and literally moving from one hemisphere to another to start a new company based on the fact that you had visited the community once, and it was the place where your sister lived.

That’s exactly what David Temple, President of Saratoga Technologies, Inc. did almost 11 years ago when he and his family moved to Johnson City from their native Cape Town, South Africa. His sister moved away two months after he arrived, but David and his new company have thrived in Northeast Tennessee.

I first met Temple in 2006 or 2007, roughly five plus years into his assignment to start a new subsidiary of South Africa-based Saratoga Software. The company has expanded considerably in the ensuing period, and I had a chance to reconnect with Temple during a recent visit to Johnson City.

In a follow-up interview with, Temple described in more detail how he chose Johnson City and the strategies that have driven Saratoga’s...[continue reading story]

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