Features Region: Southwest

Tom Merkle – Houston Eye Associates

As an aerospace engineer and propulsion system designer at NASA, Tom Merkle was living a life many could only dream of—immersed in high-profile, adrenaline-coursing projects that helped bring “the final frontier” a little closer to home. During his eight-year tenure, he worked on propulsion requirement and mass properties configuration design for almost 20 Space Shuttle […]

Sean Pearson – New Mexico Human Services Department

Now he’s the CIO of the New Mexico Human Services Department, he knows how to listen to those being served by the organization. In one sense the conversations seem routine, beginning with questions like, “What do you think needs to change?” “How could our phone system be improved?” and “Will this be useful to you?” […]

Daniel F. Ritch – NorthMarq

While commercial real estate investing hasn’t quite resumed its robust pre-COVID ways, it’s been far from dormant. Then there are the many investors taking advantage of low interest rates by refinancing their properties. All of which spells more opportunity for NorthMarq, the nation’s largest privately owned mortgage brokerage, and where Daniel F. Ritch has been […]

Mark Gigliotti – Terralogic Solutions Inc.

Working from home in southwestern Colorado in mid-February, Mark Gigliotti was deeply concerned about the weather 850 miles away in Dallas. There, a snowstorm and freezing temperatures had blanketed the city and the state, revenging its energy grid and leaving businesses unplugged. While there was nothing he could do about the weather, Gigliotti and Terralogic […]

Bradley Hoover – The Texas A&M University System RELLIS Campus

When you grow up with parents like Bradley Hoover’s—a schoolteacher for a mom, a former marine and long-serving police officer for a dad—you just might develop a work ethic the size of Texas. Hoover currently lives just 10 minutes from his childhood hometown of Dime Box, Texas. It’s a place he holds close to his […]

Don Bricker – TF Holdings Inc.

Quite the interesting last quarter 2019 was for TF Holdings Inc. That’s TF as in Think Finance, a holding company in Irving, Texas, for fintechs serving lenders and their oftentimes non-prime borrowers. The firm’s subsidiary, Think Finance, having gone into Chapter 11 a couple of years earlier, was about to emerge from bankruptcy reorganization. Comprehensive […]

Ethan Granger — Land Advisors Organization

Going into a line of work that doesn’t really exist yet takes a lot of imagination, ingenuity and determination. Fortunately, Ethan Granger had all three in spades when he first started exploring the field of geographic information systems more than a quarter-century ago. GIS is a tool that gathers and analyzes spatial data to create […]

Jimmy Williams – The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

When Jimmy Williams came across a job listing for an IT position at the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma nine years ago, the description was vague. It mentioned programming, though, and because of that, Williams was sold. With a background in software development at Texas Instruments and MEMC, and as a Choctaw himself, he was quickly […]

Aaron Baillio – University of Oklahoma

It doesn’t get any better than this on a Saturday night for the students working in the University of Oklahoma’s Security Operations Center in Norman: a bag of Doritos, a can of Red Bull and hours spent monitoring for computer alerts—the first step in stopping the bad guys. Three students are working as Tier 1’s […]

Jason Richard – Leslie’s Inc.

It was a sink or swim situation when Jason Richard began his work as chief technology officer at Leslie’s Inc.  Richard prefers swimming, especially in the current of modern technology, as he builds the tech infrastructure that will enable the Phoenix-based retailer of pool and spa supplies and above ground pools to better serve its customers throughout […]


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Spring II 2021



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