Founder’s Story – How Tony Grillo Wrote Industry-Changing Scheduling Software
Schedule Ease was founded by Tony Grillo in 1993.
So what, you might think. Every company has a founder.
But how many companies have a founder who could only move his right hand and facial muscles? In spite of having a rare form of muscular dystrophy, Tony took a huge risk and left his secure and well-paid engineering job to become a computer consultant.
Eventually, he would one day write a groundbreaking scheduling software program.
We lost Tony in 2010, 42 years longer than doctors said he would live. But until that day, he lived the life of an entrepreneur who refused to be held back by anything, or anyone.
Tony always loved numbers. So when his parents demanded he receive a standard education, in the face of resistance from the local school board, Tony outperformed most of the other kids, and one day scored a perfect 800 on the math portion of his SAT. He did so well in school that he was once accused of cheating. Yeah – the guy who can only move one hand.
Eventually, he won a full academic scholarship to Stockton State College. Read news article of Tony’s story