Features Region: Southwest

Emre Altun – Harmony Public Schools

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Texas schools are facing a significant teacher shortage, with educators leaving the profession in droves and 77 percent of those who remain saying they’re considering changing careers, according to the Houston Chronicle. Headlines like these are what keep Emre Altun up at night. As chief human resources officer at Harmony Public Schools, a Houston-based charter […]

Rebecca Harrington – Percheron

Est. reading time: 5 mins

A company must live up to its name. When its inspiration is the French word for a smart and powerful draft horse—once used to ease the workload of its less-muscled owners—that task can be especially tall. For decades, Percheron LLC has been working in a similar manner, doing much heavy lifting for its nationwide clientele […]

Paul Feltman – Casino Del Sol

Est. reading time: 3 mins

It used to be that people wanting to try their luck at blackjack, slot machines or sports betting would need to visit Las Vegas or Atlantic City. Now, most Americans live within a few hours of a casino. This means more competition for guests. So says Paul Feltman, who’s putting his vast casino operations and […]

Lauri Kearnes – Harte Hanks

Est. reading time: 4 mins

In the fast-evolving world of marketing, how does a company predict what people will do? As Harte Hanks Chief Financial Officer Lauri Kearnes tells Vision, the Austin, Texas-based company is delving into that very topic as it builds and fine-tunes its modern behavioral marketing operation. Much of human behavior is data driven, she explains, and […]

Robert L. Tabb – Signal Energy Constructors

Est. reading time: 4 mins

One might not expect a company’s chief financial officer to suggest adding cameras and drones to a construction worksite. Normally, that would be the IT department’s role. However, Robert L. Tabb’s says he helped provide the technology for his recent past employer, yielding important data and analytics. Talking with Vision November, he’d just begun a […]

Rebecca Shoniber – EyeSouth Partners

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Rebecca Shoniber knows that some people are either skeptical of human resources departments or only view it as an administrative function. That’s why she takes the time to show them how she can improve processes, such as hiring, onboarding and benefits. As the vice president of human resources of EyeSouth Partners, she does this with […]

Rob Anchondo – Honeywell

Est. reading time: 5 mins

As he gazed out at the thousands of youthful faces staring back intently from the audience, Robert Anchondo couldn’t help but marvel at the gravity of it all. Thirty years ago, it might’ve been him out there, listening to an accomplished Hispanic engineer talk about their journey, about hurdles scaled and odds overcome. That’s when […]

Brenda Schmidt – Solera Health

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Call it the match.com for health care—a platform that connects people to a curated and managed network of digital apps and in-person community providers in order to help them maintain and improve their well-being. The technology offering presents a cost-saving approach to ensure that care continues beyond the four walls of a clinical setting and […]

Will Davis – NASA Johnson Space Center

Est. reading time: 4 mins

At six years old, while most of his peers were piecing together rudimentary houses and towers, Will Davis held his first Lego set and dreamed of bigger and better things. Always unsatisfied with the first attempt, he would tweak and tinker, knock down and rebuild until, after many brow-furrowing hours, his impossible ideal was reached. […]

Theresa Maldonado – University of Texas at El Paso

Est. reading time: 5 mins

In 1976, during her freshman year at Georgia’s Macon Junior College, Theresa Maldonado sat down for a meeting with her math professor. She can still picture the classroom, where the window was and how the light hit the floor at her feet. Mostly, though, she remembers the sinking feeling. “The message was, ‘Women don’t belong […]

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