Features Region: Southwest

Feroz Merchhiya – City of Glendale, Arizona

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It’s safe to say very few tech leaders have worked in PR at a Pakistani hospital that treated victims of leprosy. But Feroz Merchhiya says it was an invaluable experience in his professional development—and a humbling one at that. “My journey is not a typical journey for someone who ended up in technology,” says Feroz […]

Kenneth Ray Jr. – Sam Houston State University

Est. reading time: 4 mins

While Kenneth Ray Jr. may be more at home with a fishing rod or hunting rifle in hand, he’s pretty handy with technology too.  “I’m kind of a different IT person. I’m a rodeo country boy,” he says. “I got into tech for the people. I like to interact with people, and the collaborative nature […]

Lloyd Boyd – Brock

Est. reading time: 4 mins

A construction site is usually a place of controlled chaos. Bringing organized calm to the storm is The Brock Group. The small-craft construction company helps large industrial and commercial clients with maintenance, turnaround and capital projects. This includes building scaffolding, installing insulation, fireproofing and applying protective coatings. In addition to working with clients, Brock partners […]

Brian K. Ullrich – Indorama Ventures 

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Indorama Ventures doesn’t really operate under the radar, but there are times when it seems that way, says Brian Ullrich. “I like to call us the largest petrochemical company you’ve never heard of,” he says. The company was founded in 1994 as Indorama Holdings and became Thailand’s first producer of worsted wool yarn while also […]

Nagarajan ‘Samy’ Muthusamy – ReliableParts

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Got to make the in-house technology as reliable as the mechanical gadgets sold to consumers. So realized Nagarajan Muthusamy upon becoming chief information and chief technology officer—or, as he says, transformer in chief—at ReliableParts in early 2018. The Dallas-based company certainly lived up to its name as the official OEM parts distributor for major home […]

George Lawlor – Truly Nolen

Est. reading time: 4 mins

No matter what the calendar says, it’s pest season somewhere. Maybe it’s termites munching on wood-frame houses in the Southeast or mice setting up squatter’s rights in the northern buildings they entered when the mercury plunged last fall. There being 176 species of skeeters in the United States alone, they’re likely everywhere. All such vermin […]

Dr. Tim Proffitt – Insperity

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March 2020, many businesses didn’t know how they’d survive. Insperity’s nearly 40,000 customers, many of which are small businesses, were worried about how they’d handle payroll and take care of their employees. The professional employer organization, which manages back-office operations for its clients, knew it could ease the burden […]

Chip Schutte – Soleo Health

Est. reading time: 3 mins

When employees at Soleo Health call members of the internal IT service desk, they often discuss confidential information. To ensure patient and client data isn’t shared with the wrong person, Vice President of IT Chip Schutte is introducing new security measures. By spring, he plans to roll out a system requiring employees of the internal […]

Mike Wood – Avem Health Partners

Est. reading time: 4 mins

While there was a time when Fairfax Community Hospital provided vital medical care to residents of Oklahoma’s Osage County, by 2019, it was in ill health itself. Though it was the only hospital within 30 miles and had been the area’s largest employer, it was unable to pay its staff and was $1 million in […]

Brandie Reynolds – Judicial Branch of Arizona in Maricopa County

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Brandie Reynolds has learned a couple of things about the judicial system as deputy chief information officer for the Judicial Branch of Arizona in Maricopa County. First, court proceedings take much more coordination than what anyone sees. Second, connecting all the participants is complex work. Reynolds, whose 20-year career in tech includes working in health […]

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