Alan Trefler

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Alan Trefler
Born Alan N. Trefler
(1956-03-10) March 10, 1956 (age 61)
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Nationality American
Alma mater Dartmouth College
Occupation CEO
Organization Pegasystems
Salary $751,526 (2014)[1]
Net worth $1 billion (November 2013)[2]
Spouse(s) Pamela Trefler (m. 1992-present)

Alan N. Trefler (born March 10, 1956) is an American businessman, who is the founder and CEO of Pegasystems. Trefler also serves as chairman of the company's Board of Directors.[4]


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.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7]

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[8]

In 1998, Trefler was granted a United States Patent for Pegasystems' distinctive Inherited Rule-Based Architecture, which provides the framework for Pegasystems' BPM solutions.[9]

In 2009, Trefler was awarded the Computer Software Executive of the Year Stevie Award.[10]

Chess career[edit]

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.[11]


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