Trina Byrd has worked in the Technology industry for more than three decades, 13 years at Caesars Casino as a Systems Administration Manager in the IT Department and since 1990 as the President of T.Byrd Computers. She has a bachelor’s degree in Data Processing and numerous certifications and certificates in business and technology. In her role, she develops and implements training programs for community and corporate companies as well as the daily operations of the company.
In 1994 the company received private vocational school approval from the New Jersey Department of Education and certification from the New Jersey Department of Labor, Veteran’s Administration and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR).
In 1996, she developed and hosted T.Byrd Computer Forum “Live”, a live talk show dedicated to showing via television the latest in technology hardware and software - only one of its kind in South Jersey. The live broadcast would run for period of 6-years in television and then go on to develop a radio version for 4 additional years as a live radio program providing information to the public on technology and business topics.
In 2001, she founded the “T.Byrd Tech-mobile” in which a school bus was converted into a classroom on wheels to teach computer classes in neighborhoods who may not have immediate access to technology and community based non profit organizations requiring technology services.
In 2003 she founded the SJ Technology Education Foundation, which allows her to work with non-profit organizations by offering lower consultant rates on the development of training programs that bring direct services to the community. SJTEF has provided thousands of dollars in training scholarships to individuals who could not be funded by an agency and could not afford to pay the full tuition for full time curriculum programming at the T.Byrd Training Center.
In 2004, Trina received a charter for Tri-County Score; a national organization for which she is Chapter Chair and represents Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties in New Jersey. In this volunteer role, individuals receive free counseling to start and/or maintain their business. She has developed more than 50 seminars and workshops designed for entrepreneurs and oversee the daily operations.
In 2000 and 2008, she was the first Woman and African American Woman to run for Mayor of the city of Pleasantville. She was one of the founding members of the Pleasantville Family Center, conducted a testimonial before the state UEZ board to bring the UEZ to Pleasantville, Chaired the Pleasantville 2000 Committee for 2 years, Chaired the Pleasantville Municipal Alliance Committee for 2 years, Chaired the Minority Business Council for 1 year, served on the Pleasantville School Board for two three year terms as Vice President. As a school board member she was responsible for the development and implementation of the Personnel Committee for which she served as Chairperson for two years. She also was responsible for creating the Technology Committee for which she served as Chairperson for three years, saving the district more than 1 million dollars in the purchase of district wide computers for each classroom and administrative desk. She also served as a member of Policy and Procedures, Building committee – where under her leadership two new state of the art schools were built with computer technology in every classroom.
In 2008, she became the first African American to be elected to the Chairperson position of the Atlantic County Human Services Advisory Board. As Chairperson she oversees a 2 million dollar budget and various county funded programs and services. Prior to becoming Chairperson, she served as Committee Chair for the Monitoring and Reporting Committee for more than 4 years in which she was responsible for ensuring that services were being rendered to the public via agencies who received county funding.
In 2009, she founded a Job Loss Workshop Center to address the under served and unemployed to address five key areas: resumes, cover/thank you/follow up letters, interviews, internet job search and entrepreneurship for which she holds free monthly workshops for the public.
In 2010 she founded the Business Breakfast Club Committee where she hosted a monthly meeting to help recently laid off individuals who want to start a business. This forum provided entrepreneurs and small businesses an opportunity to sponsor their business and network their products or services, provide a seminar or workshop beneficial to other businesses at no charge. The T.Byrd Center sponsored a continental breakfast and lunch.
In 2011 the SJ Technology Education Foundation expanded to provide free counseling and services to the business community.
In 2013, the Techmobile was converted to a full size food truck offering “All things Turkey, Chicken and Fish”, providing school lunches to enrolled students and opening at 6pm to 9pm in the parking lot of the T.Byrd Center for the public. In addition providing catering for special events, community events, etc. as requested. The concept of this business venture was to offering a healthier style of cooking food while cutting out beef and pork.
In 2015 she relocated to Maryland and opened two satellite offices under: T.Byrd Consultants; one home based office in Princes George County and a professional office in Waldorf, Charles County. She continues to run the NJ office and operates the T.Byrd Consultants office providing Office Administrative Technology consulting services to small and medium businesses.
In 2016, she also launched T.Byrd Center Online, a subdivision of the T.Byrd brand offering on-line training and webinars. She also revived the T.Byrd Computer Forum Live radio talk show to T.Byrd Live as a live Internet Radio show which airs every Wednesday from 10am to 11am on www.talkzone.com and www.tbyrdlive.com with Facebook Live as well. The concept is business and technology where we feature guests on the show, live demo’s, take live phone calls and provide giveaways such as free on-line classes, etc.
In 2017, she revived her talk show on WBNT.Tv – Womens Broadcast Network Tv channel. In her spare time, she writes business and technology articles for Shore Local magazine, Stay Focused magazine, and career development articles for Employment Weekly and Mr. T’s healthy eating blog on Facebook and assist clients with developing eBooks and eSeminars.
She is the proud parent of R. LaMar Byrd who is a Virtual/BIM Manager in Washington, DC and grand parent of R. Lamar Byrd II, the wife of Rick Byrd for 38 years who is retired as an Assistant Technology Coordinator for Pleasantville Public Schools and now owns and operates Mr. T’s Bustaraunt food trucks in the Dc Metro area and New Jersey.
Trina has received more than 100 certificates and awards for community service. If Trina had it to do all over again, she would have wanted to work for Oprah Winfrey. Since that can not happen she wants to keep striving for that big difference she wants to mark on the world with the sole intention of helping as many people as possible to improve themselves through education and opportunity.