Brent has over eighteen years of technology and management consulting experience. Much of his career has focused on high transaction, computationally intensive application development. He has delivered solutions in the areas of custom software, technical architecture, IT strategy, and technology assessment projects for the B2B and B2C eCommerce, transportation, energy, travel and leisure, and health care industries. Brent has experience leading teams in both start-ups and Fortune 500 companies.
Prior to joining Thought Ensemble, Brent led the eCommerce Solutions practice for Credera. As practice leader, Brent was responsible for managing the profit and loss goals, coaching the 25 person team, recruiting, and project delivery. Additionally, he led and assisted in technical sales initiatives.
Brent started his career with Southwest Airlines writing meteorological and flight planning software. After eight years, he began his consulting career at Pariveda Solutions. He received an MBA from Southern Methodist University and BBA in Information Systems from Texas A&M University.
Brent lives in Dallas with his wife and two sons. In his free time, he enjoys running and writing software. Brent is an Eagle Scout and has enjoyed the opportunity to become an adult leader in his sons’ scout troop.
I grew up thinking I wanted to be a consulting civil engineer. Why not? My dad is a civil engineer. You get to do math and solve problems. Perfect!
As a freshman engineering student at Texas A&M I had to take a course called ENGR109. It includes ethics, problem solving, and a general overview of the careers available to an engineer. The problem solving portion of the class was a lot of fun, using calculus and physics to solve textbook problems. Following the classroom portion of the problem solving, we had a weekly lab where we solved those same problems on the computer; however, we had to solve the problem by writing our own application. In FORTRAN. This ignited my love of software development!
Following this course, I changed my major to Computer Science. The programming aspect of my courses excited me, but the deep theory left me wanting to find something more. My friends told me about Management Information Systems in the school of business. It met the goals of what I wanted: technical, software development with the purpose of solving business problems. I changed my major again and 2.5 years later I had my degree and was ready to attack the world.
I began working for Southwest Airlines as a software developer building systems to plan flights, adjust schedules, track aircraft, and prepare pilots and dispatchers for the weather conditions a flight would incur. I was using math and software development to solve business problems.
Over time, I chose to go to Southern Methodist University to obtain an MBA and further my knowledge in the general operations of a business. I took that knowledge and moved into technology consulting. The thing I love about technology consulting is that it is a combination of my love of technology and business, plus daily interaction with clients looking to improve their business or product.
You can follow my programming expeditions on GitHub