Robert Kocher graduated from Rutgers University in 1995 with a Bachelor
of Science in Engineering Degree in Industrial and Operations Research.
He was the first student to manage the new computer center that was
just donated by IBM. Running IBM Dos and the brand new 'Windows 3.0',
he managed the Hill Center Network for Rutgers University. He performed
an internship with Weldotron Corporation
in which a time saving facilities layout plan was implemented and utilized
on the production floor.
Post college, he worked his way up to vice president of an Electrical
Contracting organization in which a profit sharing plan, incentive plan,
and anti shrinkage plans were designed and introduced by him. Over a
two year period, the workers saw a whopping 50% increase in salary,
while the company owners saw increased profit and revenues while experiencing
a 40% reduction in loss of material.
It was now the end of 1997, and Robert Kocher decided to form his own
company. Thus, was the beginning of Camelot
Computers, Inc. For years he specialized in computer hardware and
software gaining valuable experience in both building and troubleshooting.
As the years past, and the focus of the information technology world
changed, so did Robert Kocher. Camelot Computers began to specialize
in high end professional websites, and databases.
His skill set grew with design and implementation of complex routers
and networks. He also specialized in the design and maintenance of SQL
databases and servers. Early works included numerous .ASP front-end
databases followed up by later .NET counterparts. Crystal Reports, Microsoft
InterDEV and advanced SQL Studio reporting developed into complex online
reports in real time.
By 2008, the design and management of numerous large projects were
in his portfolio as both a Director and President of two companies.
In just a few years, over 30 Million dollars per year in database transactions
are flowing through projects designed by Robert Kocher. Database projects
include, but are not limited too:
Substance Abuse Initiative, Department of Addiction Services
of New Jersey
SARD Development Database, Rutgers University Grant
Electrical Contracting Work Order & Company Database, J.E.M.
Driving Under the Influence Initiative (DUII), Department of
Health and Human Services
Drug Court Database, Department of Health and Human Services
South Jersey Initiative (SJI), Department of Health and Human
American Indian Tribe Database, Tribal Leaders Council of Montana-Wyoming
Families and Schools Together (FAST) Database, City of Philadelphia
Kids N Kin Database, City of Philadelphia
From a Website view of Camelot Computers, they had designed and hosted
hundreds of sites. This included a project for a member of the TV
Show Nip/Tuck, a leading member of the Sopranos
and a website for the Philadelphia Flyers Star, Simon'
The website division of Camelot Computers Inc continued to grow, and
by 2004 had included a large number of clients in the Dark Ride, Halloween,
Hayride or Haunted Attraction business. Because of this growing segment,
a new company division, The Village of Darkness was formed.
The Village of Darkness has evolved into one of the leading Halloween
and Website Design companies in the Industry. They are the only company
that maintains and hosts both Unix and Windows IIS/SQL servers allowing
the fastest flash websites as well as complex programming within the
same websites. By 2010, major website were created for Amusement parks
such as Canobie Lake Park in New Hampshire, or Six Gun City & Waterpark.
In 2004, Transworld Show Exhibits chose The Village of Darkness to
design a website, as well as host activities for their annual tradeshow.
In 2005, Unit 70 was the first
Halloween Website to utilize both Unix and Windows advanced features.
A complex website with fancy flash and animations, this website also
boasted the industries only SQL back-ended system. This system allowed
the customers to print a real
time catalog online 24 hours a day. In addition, it's "enhanced
search engine" allows the user to select Product ID, Name,
Category, or even Theme to completely generate the search results based
on the desired options of the user. In the beginning of 2008, the latest
advances were applied and now users can even print and track their own
proposals via a .NET system that also turns those same proposals into
In 2007, The Village of Darkness site, House
of Horrors Buffalo was voted the 2nd most scariest website in the
entire country by USA Today.
At the beginning of 2008, Robert Kocher teamed up with Michael Brunor
as a co-partner with the Eastern
Haunters Convention. A Halloween and Horror based convention out
of Valley Forge, PA. This convention grew into the National Haunters
Convention and takes place every Spring "Halfway to Halloween"
at the Valley Forge Convention Center in King of Prussia, PA.
Robert Kocher was married on Halloween, Oct 31st, 2001 to his lovely
wife Indrani Sen. They had been
together for almost 10+ years at the time which began as an early college
romance at Rutgers. Due to intense schooling requirements, they were
not able to hold a reception until May of 2006 at the Pantagis
Renaissance in New Jersey. At this reception, a special room was
decorated as a movie theater and a wonderful movie "A Gypy's Tale"
was viewed by the audience. This movie spanned the 1950's, 60's, 70's,
80's, 90's, and the future to a storyline written by Indrani Sen. They
are still married to this day (going on 20 years) with two wonderful
children, Xevious Hightower and Raven Hightower.
Robert Kocher can be contacted via email: Email@RobertKocher.com