Features Region: Southeast

Drew Taylor – Hopkins County School District

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Often when school bus drivers communicate with each other, they speak in code in case their radio channels are intercepted. Doing so helps protect information about students, such as their names and addresses, from being exploited by people who shouldn’t be listening in. Last year, Drew Taylor began exploring a more secure option. After gathering […]

Shane Simmons – South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce

Est. reading time: 5 mins

While Shane Simmons knew the demand for cybersecurity analysts  was high, he didn’t predict how many people would be interested in the career path. Earlier this year, 86 people applied for 10 spots in an internship program that he created with the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce.  Simmons, the organization’s chief information office […]

Jason Walters – Dorchester County Government

Est. reading time: 5 mins

There’s so much that visitors can enjoy at Ashley River Park, an 85-acre facility that opened this spring near Charleston, South Carolina. There’s a riverside trail, a fishing pond, a kayak launch, dog park, two sheltered picnic areas and a splash pond, among other features.  Oh, and visitors can check their emails, too.  The free […]

Ramon Padilla, Jr. – University of Tennessee System

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When leaders at the University of Tennessee System decided the organization needed a digital transformation, they knew they needed to hire someone with more than just strong IT skills. They needed someone who could help manage large-scale change. Checking both these boxes was Ramon Padilla, Jr., who was hired as chief information officer in November […]

Devin Shirley – Arkansas BlueCross and BlueShield

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Equally accomplished in martial arts and technology, Devin Shirley emphasizes the need to first address the immediate danger. So someone’s choking you? Your first move had better be about regaining breath and then responding accordingly. So your software’s been hacked? Stop the attack before pondering how to prevent its recurrence. “If you don’t address that […]

Mike King – Premier Packaging

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Mike King estimates there isn’t a day that passes without a Premier Packaging product arriving at someone’s home. The Louisville, Kentucky-based company has been making boxes, mailers and packaging supplies for almost 30 years. “If you ordered something online, you probably have one of our boxes,” says King, the company’s CIO. King’s role isn’t always […]

Ed Nickelson – Pinehurst Resort

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Among the bucket-list destinations for the avid golfer is the legendary Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina. The Cradle of American golf, Pinehurst has nine meticulously maintained, 18-hole courses as well as The Cradle itself, a nine-hole par-3. The most famous of the long courses, the Pinehurst No. 2, hosts the U.S. Open every five or […]

Chris Scott – Dental Care Alliance

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Picture a room of 375 people trying to communicate in dozens of languages with little overlap. This is essentially what Chris Scott was determined to correct when he joined Dental Care Alliance in July 2021. He wanted to get the full picture before he acted, though, so during his first two weeks as the new […]

Alan Fisher – McCreary Modern Inc.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

How do bolts of fabric, hides of leather and sheets of plywood build a career in IT? Those are among the raw materials McCreary Modern of Newton, North Carolina, uses to make the upholstered furniture it ships to retailers throughout the U.S. Tracking those materials and the manufacturing processes is Alan Fisher’s responsibility. As director […]

Mario Lozada – Payless ShoeSource

Est. reading time: 4 mins

At the end of 2018, the outlook for Payless ShoeSource, at least in the U.S., was grim. Cornered by online retailers like Zappos and Amazon, it had closed more than 1,000 stores across the country. However, with new executive leadership, its fortunes were beginning to shift in early 2020, says Mario Lozada, who was among […]

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