About 3TAC, LLC

3TAC, LLC invents, designs, and creates next generation applications for mobile devices. The company was formed in 2011 by Joe Dillon and Dr. Ritchey Ruff.


About the Founders

Joe Dillon

In addition to 3TAC, LLC, Co-Founder, Joe Dillon is owner of two other Washington-based companies: Quardev, Inc. (www.Quardev.com ) and Terra Futura, LLC. Quardev is technical services company with expertise in software testing, technical communications, and project management. Quardev is a 5-time qualifier as one of Washington’s 100 fastest growing privately held companies and has twice appeared on the Inc. 5000 list for fastest growing companies in America. Quardev employs 50 people and has an impressive client list that includes Microsoft, Google, Alaska Air, WebMD, Disney and many other well known companies. Terra Futura buys and manages land and commercial buildings.

Joe is Founder of the Quality Assurance Special Interest Group (www.QASIG.org) which hosts regular meetings that seek to engage members of the high-tech community in discussions on the evolving challenges in the software industry. The QASIG works to inspire its members, enhance technical knowledge, and maintain the position as an industry thought leader. Additionally, Joe is co-founder of a local charity organization that organizes annual fund raisers for individuals with specific needs.

Joe is a committed husband, a family person, and father of a terrific 8-year old son. He enjoys bicycling, playing music and really, really good food.


Dr. Ritchey Ruff

Dr. Ritchey Ruff is a Co-Founder of 3TAC, LLC. Dr. Ruff also is owner of Ruffwork LLC, an Oregon-based company that produces small targeted mobile apps.  Current Ruffwork LLC products include The Toaster Oracle and PCTHYOH (an app to assist long distance hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail which is available for iOS and Android platforms).  Dr. Ruff received his M.S. at University of Illinois and his Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence from Oregon State University.  Dr. Ruff has worked for AT&T Bell Labs on the first commercial cellular phone system in the US, as well as at NASA Ames as a research assistant and at Microsoft as a Senior SDET on the Windows 8 Group.

Dr. Ruff is an avid hiker, walking about 10 miles a day as well as section hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (averaging 250 miles per year).  He also collects model trains and model rockets and enjoys traveling on Amtrak.


The Team

Ritchey and Joe have a long history together in the technology industry beginning in 1990 where they first met at SureFind, a company that designed and developed an automated Interactive Voice Response program to buy and sell homes and cars via the telephone. Later, they together started Invisible Magic, Inc., using similar technology they leveraged the newly available power of the Internet to create one of the first online introductory services for singles. The formation of their latest venture3TAC, LLC follows their pattern of working on the bleeding edge of the technology curve.