940 Dwight Way
Suite One
Berkeley, CA 94710

Tel. 510.841.5000
Fax. 510.841.5003

The ION advantage is found in our people, our commitment to quality and on-time delivery, and our understanding of our clients’ needs. Our professional translators and editors are subject-qualified and work only into their native languages, to produce translations that are correct and accurate in substance, language, style, and cultural nuance.

We enjoy direct personal contact with our clients. We are large enough to provide a full range of language services in all major languages, yet small enough to keep our overhead low and our standards very high.

Behind the Desks

R. Blair Sly Principal
Blair has over 15 years of expertise in the translation industry and is a founding principal of ION Translations, LLC. He began his career as a Japanese-English translator and workshop facilitator for the city government of Wakayama City, Japan. He subsequently worked as an independent English translator and interpreter for both Japanese and American companies, and penned articles on translation topics in Japanese and interpreted business negotiations and televised news conferences. Since founding ION in 2005, Blair has managed teams of translators in over 50 languages and overseen steady company growth. Blair is a graduate of Middlebury College and has passed the highest level of the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test.

David Gamon, Ph.D. Senior Project Director
David had a peripatetic Foreign Service upbringing in Martinique, Liberia, Swaziland, South Africa, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. He studied German literature at Reed College and the University of Tübingen and cognitive science at U.C. Berkeley, where he received his Ph.D. in Linguistics in 1997. He brings a strong background in publishing to ION Translations, having worked for 7 years as principal researcher and writer of a successful series of interactive brain research books as well as acting as contributing writer to a Bay Area-based science news and information e-mail subscription service and science education website. He has also served as principal translator for an American marketer of German educational science kits. Other recent projects have included books about the brain's construction of sensory reality, humor and the brain, psychopathy, and the evolution of language.

Rika Sonoda Senior Project Manager/Editor
Rika is from Saitama, Japan, and has studied and worked both in Japan and California. She received a B.A. in English literature from Seijo University in Tokyo, Japan, and a M.A. in linguistics from San Francisco State University. Rika is a certified teacher of English as a foreign language in Japan, and has authored high school English examinations for private companies. Previously, she co-translated a dictionary of English idioms into Japanese for a Japanese publisher.

Anne Peattie, Ph.D. Senior Project Manager/Editor
As an undergraduate at Lewis & Clark College, Anne studied German and Biology, spending her junior year studying abroad in Munich and her senior year completing an honors thesis on gecko adhesion. She received her Ph.D. in Integrative Biology at U.C. Berkeley and went on to conduct two years of postdoctoral research in Cambridge, England, before returning home to her native California. With her background in biology and engineering research, Anne brings strong scientific and technical expertise to the ION team.

Cathy Guevara Project Manager
Cathy studied Communications Technology Management and Filipino Literature in Ateneo De Manila University. Her interest for both management and creatives led to a career in publishing and multimedia marketing, and to further studies in Yale University and U.C. Berkeley Extension. Her professional background includes 8 years in the print and digital arm of the largest media network in Philippines, where she managed magazine brands, produced books, and launched award-winning apps and websites. Bilingual in English and Tagalog and highly proficient with computer-assisted translation (CAT) tools and DTP programs, Cathy specializes in managing multi-language translation projects for ION.

We provide no-obligation estimates for all of our services. Please call to discuss your needs with one of our experienced project managers or submit your request via e-mail.

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