Features August 2020

Joey Poarch – Poarch Thompson Law

Est. reading time: 5 mins

The year 2020 has been a homecoming for Joey Poarch after more than 20 years on the road as a technology consultant and leader. Now chief information officer at the immigration and adoption law firm founded by his wife, Christine Poarch, he no longer spends his days and weeks going from city to city. Instead, […]

Michael Walthour – LaPorte Community School Corporation

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Heading into the 2019-2020 school year, Michael Walthour’s goal was somewhat broad, but critically important: to make things easier for the faculty and students of the 11 schools in the LaPorte Community School Corporation. But nothing could prepare him for what came next—or how challenging it would be: helping the district navigate the unprecedented COVID-19 […]

Diego Ferrer – Chicago Department of Aviation

Est. reading time: 5 mins

When he was growing up in Venezuela, Diego Ferrer used to get excited when he saw an airplane fly overhead. Little did he know that he’d one day be in charge of keeping airline passengers safe and improving the traveler experience at one of the largest airports in the world. Ferrer is the CIO for […]

Carl Fong – Orange County Department of Education

Est. reading time: 4 mins

If you think you’re a grizzled tech veteran because you can recall the beeping and pinging of a dial-up internet connection, say hello to Carl Fong. Fong got hooked on technology because of Pong, a rudimentary video game with a solitary black dot bumping and booping its way across a screen, redirected by digital “paddles” […]

Shesha Krishnapura – Intel

Est. reading time: 6 mins

A man for whom the most complex technologies are second nature, Shesha Krishnapura can find inspiration from the most unconventional sources. “The greatest teacher, failure is,” he quotes none other than Yoda, before adding to that Star Wars wisdom with “abundance is the biggest liability.” That said, one must surmise that any failures Krishnapura endured […]


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