John Steuri enjoyed a successful career in computing for 32 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). He succeeded Walter Smiley, its founder and a founding year inductee into the AAoC. At the time, Systematics had annual revenue of $160 million and was known as a high quality company serving small and medium size banks throughout the U.S. Through the next 8 years, John leveraged the talent and success in ways that allowed the company to grow to almost $1 billion, serving some of the very largest banks around the globe as well as ALLTEL, its parent, and other companies in both the telecommunications and health care industries.
John’s success is a result of his ability to bring “big company confidence” to “small company values” and gettng the best of breed on a worldwide basis. In addition to the obvious financial success, the state of Arkansas dramatically grew its population of technology based professionals. 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 companies: Northwestern Mutual Life, Milwaukee; Superior Financial Corporation, Little Rock; National Computer Systems, Minneapolis; and ALLTEL Corporation, Little Rock.