Features Region: Southwest

Nycole Rosen – BGSF

Once a word most frequently used by performing musicians about their shows, “gig” is going mainstream in workplaces throughout the world. In the U.S., the gig economy grew by 33 percent in the U.S. in 2020, a rate 8.5 times as high as the economy. If it continues to grow at this pace, perhaps 50 […]

Shannon Lawson – City of Phoenix, Arizona

Shannon Lawson can chat at length about ways cybercriminals breach systems and networks. Chief information security officer and chief privacy officer for the city of Phoenix, he was trained in information warfare and cybersecurity by the U.S. Navy and National Security Agency and understands network breaches can result from simple mistakes. He also knows how […]

Henry Tran – 6Connex

It’s a trade show the organizers have eagerly awaited—an in-person event that was impossible to consider before because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Attendees from around the U.S. are signing in at kiosks, smiling as they clip on nametags and greet colleagues they haven’t seen for so, so long. Here’s the catch: Just as many attendees […]

Ali Kolahdouz – Region One Education Service Center

It’s said that everything is bigger in Texas, and not simply because its 268,500 square miles make it the largest state in the continental U.S. There are big hats, big trucks, big plates of barbecue and big high school football stadiums where almost 20,000 fans can cheer their team on. And there’s a big fiber […]

Ronnie Reid – ARM Energy

The advice was sound. Only it wasn’t being transmitted as efficiently as modern technology allows. That was one of Ronnie Reid’s early impressions when he commenced as senior vice president of infotech at Houston-based ARM Energy in April 2019. The firm advises utility industry clientele on the buying, selling and transportation of oil and natural […]

Juan Saldana – Cameron County, Texas

The COVID-19 pandemic has done a lot of things, including exacerbate the digital divide that prevents equal access to modern information and communications technology, like the internet. So says Juan Saldana, a doctoral student and the director of IT and chief technology officer for Cameron County, Texas. “It’s been eye opening listening to people with […]

Mike Owen – BearCom

Despite his title at BearCom, Vice President of Information Technology Mike Owen is quick to point out that he’s more than just the head of the technology department. “I’m also in the innovation department,” Owen tells Toggle in August from the company’s Garland, Texas headquarters. “We are looking at how we can take disparate systems […]

Jim Kitchen – Continental Battery Co.

As the 18-wheeler rides the ribbon of asphalt past jagged mountains and dusty sagebrush under cloudless skies, it’s an image worthy of a song. But the romance of those Western skies may be lost on employees at Continental Battery Co. They just need to know where the truck is and how the delivery to a […]

Marty Ray – Fossil Group

The skill sets of music and technology can so complement. So says Marty Ray who’s well-versed at both. Late jazz saxophonist John Coltrane and ill-fated guitar god Stevie Ray Vaughan remain inspirations. Neither virtuoso ever had to look at sheet music, Ray reminds. Artistic passion just flowed through them. An accomplished guitarist in his own […]

Joe Evango – PrimeFlight

In the early days of COVID-19, as airline travel in the U.S. literally ground to a halt, Joe Evango remembers visiting some of the country’s largest airports and marveling at how quiet the terminals and concourses had become. The projects he was about to undertake on behalf of these vital transportation hubs, however, were anything […]

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