Tac Tacelosky is President and Founder of Survos. Prior to founding Survos, he was the President and founder of Smokescreen, a technology service company that provided news, documents and advocacy materials to the tobacco control community. He created the first website that allowed citizens to research the voting history of their elected officials (and whether they received tobacco PAC contributions). The website also provided a mechanism for citizens to contact their elected officials to express their support for smokefree laws. In addition, Mr. Tacelosky has created websites and technical interfaces for archives of tobacco industry documents for research purposes, and tobacco-related videos (commercials, news, and congressional testimony), and tobacco products and patents.
Mr. Tacelosky founded his first company, MicroTac Software, Inc., which was one of the first companies responsible for bringing non-professional translation tools to the consumer market. In 1994, MicroTac Software, Inc. was named #55 on the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing private companies in America. In 1995, MicroTac was acquired by Globalink, Inc, a publicly-held company that was one of the largest suppliers of translation software in the world. Mr. Tacelosky served as Globalink‘s President.
As a volunteer, Mr. Tacelosky was the co-founder of Smokefree DC, the advocacy organization that spearheaded the campaign to eliminate smoking from all workplaces in DC, including bars and restaurants. The law became effective in 2007, after a 5-year campaign. Mr. Tacelosky has also been a long-time supporter and sometimes board member of various DC-based non-profits: Jews United for Justice, Guatemalan Human Rights Commission, Stone Soup Films and Avodah. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Villanova University.