President, Tate Computer Systems, Inc.
Sylvester Tate, President/Ceo of Tate Computer Systems has spent the last 30 years growing his company from a one employee organization to over 40 full-time employees where he went from Typewriters, and Calculators sales and service to a full fledge IT company servicing local small companies to major corporations throughout the region. Mr. Tate has done this by continuing to reinvent his company as technology changes.
He is a graduate of Southwest Tennessee Community College and the University of Memphis, where he studied Electronic Technology. He began his career in technology after servicing fighter jets in the U.S. Navy, and retiring in Millington,TN putting him close to Memphis,TN in 1988. He then began working at Memphis State aka University of Memphis in their IT department helping service their devices. He had an urge for more so he ventured out and initiated his own business servicing typewriters and Packard Bell computers. He then learned about contracting and took the initiative to advance and brand his company around the Memphis community and beyond.
He is now the owner of the only Apple Authorized minority company in Memphis,TN and only wishes to bring service and opportunity to his surrounding community members.
He is also a graduate of the Leadership Memphis Executive class of 2012. He has been recently added to the Leadership Memphis Board of Directors. He has served on many boards over the years such as the Mid-South Minority Business Council, Pink Palace Museum, Workforce Investment board and Southwest Tennessee Community College Foundation Board.
Mr. Tate spends most of his community service time speaking to youth groups and supporting youth organizations throughout the mid-south. He is very active in his church Anointed Temple of Praise where he serves as a Spiritual Officer, and on the board of trustees. He also works with the youth pastor to provide resources for the youth programs to allow those that are less fortune to participate in life skill retreats and other activities offsite activities. His hope is to create a legacy for African-Americans in the tech community and provide incredible service to anyone willing to invest in the reliable TCSi name.