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Here's a little bit about me and the company behind Benchwarmer Baseball.

Vertex Software Solutions

Founded in 2000, Vertex Software Solutions is a consulting firm specializing in:

  • Computer Training - for home and business
  • Web site design and support
  • Custom programming services

Quite frankly, between going back to school, working on BWB, the demands of my full time job, and trying to live a real life, the other consulting work has taken a back seat.  Benchwarmer Baseball is currently the only active work for Vertex.

Past clients include:

  • A community college in White Bear Lake, MN: Taught classes in MS Project, MS FrontPage, and Visual Basic
  • A technology/telecommunications consulting firm in Stillwater, MN: Taught classes in ASP.

Jon Swanson

The sole proprietor of Vertex and, consequently, of Benchwarmer Baseball.



  • Grew up in Gettysburg, PA.
  • B.A. in History and Computer Science, Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH.
  • Graduate work at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Master of Software Engineering, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN.
  • Social studies teacher and coach: 1989-95.
  • CompUSA - Computer Instructor and Training Center Manager: 1995-97.
  • Keane, Inc. - Principal Consultant: 1997 - 2008.
  • Certified project manager (PMP) - currently looking for a new job (see me on LinkedIn at:
  • Vertex Software Solutions: 2000 - present.
  • Pittsburgh Pirates fan since 1971.
  • The good fortune of moving to Minneapolis in August 1986 and "adopting" the rooting interest for a last-place ballclub.  Two World Series titles and then season tickets behind home plate since 2001 have helped ease the sting of the Pirates' demise.

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