Peggy Wilcox began her career in 1973 as the Data Processing Manager at Saline Memorial Hospital. In 1978 Peggy became the MIS Director at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Peggy became the first woman in Arkansas to form her own data processing company in 1983. The founding of Data Tech, Inc. and its success was a major groundbreaking for women in the computing industry in the state of Arkansas.
By 1990 Peggy’s Data Tech had 18 employees and supported over 30 accounts. In that year Peggy transitioned the company to a Certified IBM Business Partner Firm.Additionally her firm specialized in Internet and Web-enabled application programming as well as Personal Computer sales, programming, and service. Peggy’s firm received the Malcolm Baldridge award for excellence in sales and support. Peggy semi-retired and closed Data Tech in 2007. Currently she has one IT based company with the primary focus of contracting systems programming, consultation, and hardware marketing.
Jim was a senior executive with Acxiom, a leading provider of integrated marketing services to the global 1000. During his 34-year career he served in many capacities including client services leader, health and government and global development leader. Jim was a member of the Acxiom board of directors from 1975-2005.
Prior to Acxiom, Jim worked for IBM from 1966 to 1974, as a systems engineer and marketing representative.
Jim received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Arkansas.
Dr. Jerry Yeargan, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the Department of Computer Science and Computer Engineering, received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).
Dr. Yeargan served as IEEE Vice President for Educational Activities during 1996 and 1997, and served as a member of the IEEE Board of Directors and its Executive Committee during the same time period. He has served on numerous committees within the IEEE, its Educational Activities Board and its Technical Activities Board.
Dr. Yeargan served as an ABET engineering program evaluator for over 20 years and served as President of ABET in 2001-2002 and served on the Board of Directors from 1998-2000.
With more than 35 years experience in the IT world, Kevin Zaffaroni is Senior Vice President for Acxiom’s IT outsourcing business. In this role, he oversees the mainframe, server and cloud computing technologies which enable technology executives to reduce the complexity of their environments, minimize their risk and deliver greater flexibility to better serve changing business demands.
Prior to this role at Acxiom, Kevin served as Senior Vice President of manufacturing and distribution, was an organization leader for the company’s European business and was a group leader responsible for one of Acxiom’s largest global financial accounts, among others. Earlier in his career, Kevin spent 22 years with IBM in various leadership positions.
Lang Zimmerman is a 1985 graduate of the University of Arkansas with a B.S. in Computer Science Engineering. He is Vice President of Yelcot, a family-owned communications company based in Mountain Home providing local exchange telephone, cable television, and internet service to parts of Baxter, Marion, Stone, and Izard counties in north-central Arkansas and a co-founder and managing partner of Big Creek Golf and Country Club. In 2011, Governor Mike Beebe appointed Lang as a Commissioner on the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.
Lang received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Arkansas, College of Engineering in 2005. He has served as board member, president, and chairman of the legislative and regulatory committee for the Arkansas Telecommunications Association. He has also served as board member and president of the Arkansas Deaf and Hearing Impaired Telecommunications Services Corporation and is a past board member of the Mountain Home Area Chamber of Commerce and the North Central Arkansas Regional Economic Development.
In addition to serving on the University of Arkansas Computer Science and Computer Engineering Advisory Board, Lang is a board member of the Arkansas Travel Council and an active member and past President of the Rotary Club of Mountain Home as well as Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International.