Fayetteville, Ark. – The Arkansas Academy of Computing (AAoC), which promotes visionary advances through significant scholarship contributions to computer science education in Arkansas, has inducted 11 new members, honored for their significant contributions to the computing industry in Arkansas.
• Steven Brothers – Brothers is Executive Director, Field Service at American Greetings, where he oversees all support functions for a 12,000-member team of merchandisers. This role includes scheduling systems, retail hardware (scanners/mobile communications devices) as well as SAP’s largest deployment of its CRM toolset. His computer science skills have been used to drive process improvements, data analytics, simulations modeling and hardware controls, among others. Brothers has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
• Dathan Gaskill – President and Chief Financial Officer of Black Oak Partners, a data, technology and analytics company in Little Rock – Gaskill has a bachelor’s in Computer Science and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He spent 13 years in the securities industry as a senior analyst and director of research, focusing on the software, information technology and telecommunications industries. He joined Acxiom Corporation in 1999 and served as Corporate Finance Leader and Treasurer, leading Acxiom’s investment banking and commercial banking relationships and was responsible for Acxiom’s mergers and acquisitions, capital structure, investor relations and special projects.
• John Haley – President of the Circumference Group – Haley leads an investment and advisory company specializing in IT and telecommunications. In a distinguished technical and management career spanning almost 35 years, Haley has served at multiple levels of technical and executive management at Systematics, Alltel and FIS. His roles included Managing Director, Asia of FIS, Chief Technology Officer of ALLTEL Corporation and Senior Vice President, Strategic Development of Alltel Information Services. He has an undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley. He is an active member of board of the Center for Commercialization of Innovation at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
• Scott Hambuchen – Business Development Leader at Privacy Star – Hambuchen is responsible for the international expansion of PrivacyStar, a smartphone privacy application, through its relationship with Syniverse. He leads the research and analysis related to the specific regions where PrivacyStar is needed and may be deployed. He also provides leadership and direction for the development of PrivacyStar features in various geographies. Hambuchen has served as president of Gryphon Networks, a leading provider of telecommunication products and services. Prior to joining Gryphon, Hambuchen enjoyed an 18-year career at Acxiom where he served as a senior executive and was a member of the company leadership team.
• Govan Hornor – Chief Information Officer, Distributors Corporation of America (DCA) – Hornor recently assumed responsibility for the IT function at DCA which is a privately owned parent company of four wholesale distribution companies in the Mid-South area. His most recent role was a Technical Principal analyzing current business needs, creating solutions and recommending technology architecture at FedEx Services. During his 27 year career at FedEx, he held positions including Vice President of IT Operations, Managing Director of IT Operations and IT Manager of Enterprise Data Warehouse Development. Hornor has a bachelor’s degree in business data processing from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
• Steven F. Jennings – Founding Program Director, Graduate Program in Bioinformatics, University of Arkansas at Little Rock and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Founding Executive Director, MidSouth Bioinformatics Center at UALR – Jennings received a PhD in Computer Science from Iowa State University and has held senior management positions at several companies in the development of specialized systems software, software for medical devices, internet websites, and embedded software for mobile devices. He managed development of the networking software for the International Space station and has consulted for several Fortune 500 companies including U S WEST, IBM, Kodak and American Express.
• Kerry Kilker – Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. – Kilker is responsible for all IT security and compliance systems and processes for the company globally. He obtained his degree in Computer Information Systems at Bryant Institute in 1985 and joined Walmart that same year as an information systems applications programmer. He has held a number of positions within Walmart’s Information Systems Divisions since then.
• Vance Moore – Senior Vice President-Operations of Mercy Health – Moore joined Mercy Health in 2002 after 17 years in healthcare with Baxter/Allegiance, Cardinal Health and the healthcare division of UPS Logistics. He is responsible for corporate oversight of Mercy Technology Services, which operates one of the largest and most highly integrated provider-based IT platforms in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Kansas.
• Randall Mott – General Motors Vice President and Chief Information Officer – Mott has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Arkansas and has been named a Distinguished Alumni by the UA’s Fulbright College Alumni Academy. He has served as executive vice president and CIO of Hewlett-Packard and senior vice president and CIO for Dell, Inc. He spent 22 years at Walmart Stores, Inc., where he held a variety of technical and management positions and pioneered retail and supply-chain systems automation. He eventually became senior vice president and CIO of Walmart and was named “CIO of the Year” by InformationWeek magazine.
• John Steuri – retired CEO of Alltel Information Services – Steuri enjoyed a successful career in computing for 35 years, having risen to a senior executive role within IBM, then bringing his skills to Arkansas in 1988 when he was named CEO of Systematics (later becoming ALLTEL Information Services). At the time, Systematics had annual revenue of $160 million and was known as a high quality company serving small and medium-sized banks throughout the U.S. Through the next eight years Steuri helped grow the company to almost $1 billion in annual revenue, serving some of the largest banks around the globe. He serves on the boards of three companies: Safe Foods, Little Rock; Heartland Agri Partners, Des Moines; and NanoMech Inc., Fayetteville. He previously served four other company boards: Northwestern Mutual Life, Milwaukee; Superior Financial Corporation, Little Rock; National Computer Systems, Minneapolis; and Alltel Corporation, Little Rock.
• Kevin Zaffaroni – Senior Vice President, Acxiom IT Outsourcing – Zaffaroni oversees the mainframe, server and cloud computing technologies that enable technology executives to reduce the complexity of their environments, minimize risk and deliver greater flexibility to better serve changing business demands. He has served as Acxiom senior vice president of manufacturing and distribution, was an organization leader for Acxiom’s European business and was a group leader for one of Acxiom’s largest global financial accounts. Zaffaroni also spent 22 years with IBM in various leadership positions.
About the Arkansas Academy of Computing
The Arkansas Academy of Computing is an honorary academy associated with the Computer Science/Computer Engineering Department of the College of Engineering at the University of Arkansas. It was established in 2006 to recognize those individuals who have made a significant contribution to the computing industry in Arkansas. The Academy includes many computing industry pioneers whose long-term dedication and effort developed the computing industry in Arkansas and created employment for thousands of Arkansans. The Academy’s purpose includes the promotion of the pursuit of technical education for Arkansas students. Toward that end the Academy provides scholarships, and in 2013 will award 40 scholarships to students majoring in computer science, computer engineering or information systems at the following institutions: University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, University of Arkansas at Monticello, University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, University of Central Arkansas, Arkansas State University, Henderson State University, Southern Arkansas University and Arkansas Tech University.