|Born||Alan N. Trefler
March 10, 1956
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
|Alma mater||Dartmouth College|
|Net worth||$1 billion (November 2013)|
|Spouse(s)||Pamela Trefler (m. 1992-present)|
Born to a Jewish family, his father was a Holocaust survivor who immigrated to the United States after World War II and founded an antique restoration business in Newton, Massachusetts. Trefler was raised in Brookline, Massachusetts where he graduated from Brookline High School and later attended Dartmouth College, where he graduated with a B.S. in economics and computer science in 1977. At Dartmouth, he was active in playing chess.
After college, Trefler took a position as a Senior Project Manager for Casher Associates Inc., a business process management company, in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. He then moved to TMI Systems as a Funds Transfer Product Manager before founding Pegasystems in April 1983.
In 1995, Trefler and his wife Pamela established The Trefler Foundation, which seeks to improve educational opportunities for Boston’s urban youth. At the time, they donated $1 million to Dorchester High School
In 1998, Trefler was granted a United States Patent for Pegasystems' distinctive Inherited Rule-Based Architecture, which provides the framework for Pegasystems' BPM solutions.
While at Dartmouth, Trefler entered the 1975 World Open Chess Championship in New York City. He entered the tournament with a 2075 Elo rating, 125 points below the lowest master-rated player, ranking him 115th overall in the tournament. He went on to be crowned co-champion along with International Grandmaster Pal Benko, who was rated at 2504, and placed ahead of Grandmasters such as Walter Browne and Nicolas Rossolimo, and future Grandmaster Michael Rohde.
- Boston Business Jopurnal: "Alan Trefler - Making his moves" by Mark Wallack Jul 30, 2007
- Boston Globe: "Seven things you should know about Alan Trefler" By Michael B. Farrell July 06, 2014
- US patent 5,826,250, Alan Trefler, "Rules bases and methods of access thereof", issued 1988-10-20
- Chess Life & Review, September 1975, pp. 586-87.
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