Brenda Hall knows a little something about the drive for success. In 2001, she sold her classic car collection to start Austin Test, now Bridge360. Her cherished Dodge Chargers can be seen in the Tim Burton film, Big Fish. That same "do whatever it takes" attitude is a large part of how Bridge360 earns the praise of its customers today.
Brenda has had a wealth of experience in building bridges to global business. An industry recognized expert on both the business and technological aspects of international product delivery, she has managed many project teams specializing in building global software.
Under her leadership, Bridge360 has become known as the "go to" experts for technology companies who deploy their products around the globe. The Bridge360 team has grown its client base to over 35 flagship companies across both the public and private sectors, and brings technical talent to projects from multiple regions around the world.
Having worked at IBM, Compaq Computer, BMC Software, Cirrus Logic and several technology start-ups, Brenda has many years of industry experience, including serving as BMC Software/Austin's Globalization Manager, where she established the strategy, processes and guidelines to support BMC's product offerings across Europe and Asia. This global expertise is invaluable to Bridge360's clients.
On the national level, she serves as Secretary / Treasurer to the U.S. District Export Council National Steering Committee (NSC) and chairs the NSC Technology & Communication Committee. She was a founding member of the World Congress for Information Technology and Treasurer of IWIPS (International Workshop on Internationalization of Products and Systems). Locally, she volunteers her time to the next generation of global business leaders through the University of Texas McCombs School of Business.
Brenda's professional passions (when not behind the wheel of a muscle car) include linguistics, championing cultural awareness, and international projects that help companies take their software beyond its borders.
Chris Durand CTO
If you hear strange bird sounds while talking on the phone with Chris Durand, don't be alarmed. He shares his office with the lovely Aylea, a cockatiel he rescued from rush hour Austin traffic. Chris takes care of all creatures, great and small-like some of the software projects he has rescued for Bridge360 clients.
As CTO, Chris has led the Bridge360 technical team in many successful projects in areas such as international software development, mainframe-to-web migration, accessibility and translation. Chris often takes the lead for Bridge360's most complex projects (such as taking a critical automotive supply chain application to Asia) and usually serves as a coach for the technical teams.
Prior to joining Bridge360 in 2003, Chris was a senior product developer specializing in internationalization at BMC Software. He created an international training program for developers and provided internal consulting on internationalization projects. Chris has also worked on software projects at Cirrus Logic and IBM and has experience with embedded systems and device drivers.
Chris's love for computers goes back to the days of the Commodore – yes, he still has his! He is a virtual encyclopedia of technology bits and bytes, which he uses in concert with skills learned from other passions (chess, soccer, fencing, and music) to orchestrate and build beautiful software. He shares his technical expertise as an instructor for the Austin Community College's Localization Program.
Chris's ethics and high standards demonstrate serious discipline and respect for others from his school days at the Missouri Military Academy. He abides by these standards in every relationship, bringing commitment, dedication, and drive to Bridge360 in many ways every day. Chris holds an MBA with honors from The University of Texas at Austin, as well as a bachelor's degree with honors in computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). He combines his business knowledge with over 15 years of software development experience to assist clients in delivering high-quality, global software applications.
Justin Hall CIO
As a third generation rancher and Oklahoma native, Justin Hall is a man who enjoys wide-open spaces. As the Lead Test Conductor for IBM on the Apollo program in the 1960's and 70's, Justin was responsible for the test 'birds' (Saturn rockets) that led to Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's safe moon landing in 1969. He applies that same level of care to safeguarding Bridge360's technical assets, data and resources, as well as our clients' success.
Justin is a pioneer in hardware and software with over 40 years in the industry. As the Chief Information Officer for Bridge360, he ensures security, technology, network infrastructure, and communications processes and procedures are operating at optimum capability.
Justin joined Bridge360 in 2001 as one of its first employees. He was pulled out of early retirement to give Bridge360 its technical foundation.
Justin began his career with the Air Force as a radar instructor. He helped develop new airborne radar designs, and this effort allowed an easy transition into the aerospace field. Over the years with Philco Ford, Martin Marietta and IBM, he developed advanced, state of the art mobile computer system technologies (before cluster computing existed), satellite mobile data processing stations, and Titan ICBM field operations.
When Justin isn't in CIO-mode for Bridge360, he's taking care of the horses, cows, a burro and other animals on his small ranch outside Georgetown, Texas.
Mike Shultz Executive VP
When it comes to growing successful technology companies and their revenues, Mike Shultz has a green thumb. For more than 30 years, he has been a master of stewarding successful multinational technology companies and brings this expertise to Bridge360 where he will provide strategic and operational leadership for Bridge360’s growth and development in sales, marketing and finance.
Mike was most recently the President and Chief Executive of Infoglide Software Corporation, a world-class leader in identity management. Infoglide was utilized by the Department of Homeland Security in its Secure Flight program, the TSA’s primary terrorist screening program for the United States airline passenger system, and advanced fraud detection programs with major financial institutions such as Citibank and JP Morgan Chase. In 2013, he engineered and led the successful sale of Infoglide Software to Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO).
Prior to Infoglide Software, Mike was the Chief Executive of Questlink Technology Inc, a leader in B2B ecommerce for electronics professionals. During his leadership at Questlink, he led the acquisition of NetBuy Corp, and structured and led the sale of QuestLink to eChips, Inc., an Arrow Electronics company. Mike was also the founder and CEO of Specialty Software Development Corporation and CMG Computer Products.
Prior to Mike’s activities in the computer software development arena he held various executive sales and marketing positions with Philips/Signetics Corporation and was part of the founding management team at both Cirrus Logic and Integrated Device Technology, setting sales strategies that contributed to successful IPO’s for both companies.
A 2004 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Mike devotes time to further the growth of technology companies and has been a judge for MOOT Corp, the University of Texas entrepreneurship program, and is a frequent guest lecturer at the McCombs School at the University of Texas. He is the managing partner of LS Capco, a certified capital company providing growth funding for seed companies and works with numerous leaders in mentorship for emerging growth companies.
When Mike is not growing technology companies, he enjoys snow skiing, hunting and fishing. He and his wife, Karen, are very active in charitable activities in the Austin community.
Diane Kenyon VP of Engineering and Operations
With over 27 years experience as a health information technology leader, Diane Kenyon understands the importance of technology to the health of an organization. When stakes are high and learning curves are steep, Diane keeps a steady hand on strategy, solutions and adoption in a fast-paced, complex environment.
Diane’s expertise in change management comes from decades of transforming organization and cultures in industries where nothing ever stands still. As Senior Vice President of Information Technology at Harden Healthcare, LLC (previously Girling Healthcare) she managed all IT initiatives and acquisition integration for the nationwide healthcare provider during significant change and rapid growth (from $500m to $800m revenue, 28,000 to 35,000 employees, and 120 to 225 locations). Her 20-year tenure included the integration of 19 acquisitions into enterprise systems, the negotiation of millions of dollars in outsourcing agreements and contracts, four successful data center moves, and the continued alignment of all information technology initiatives to the core goals of the business.
As our VP of Engineering and Operations, Diane will fully engage her IT leadership and strategy skills to keep Bridge360 running at the leading edge of quality software and development services for global environments, and poised for expansion.
Diane believes staying active is the key to a healthy career. Her leadership roles in the professional community include: Austin Technology Council (CIO/CTO Advisor); Austin Women in Technology (Mentor); Innotech Austin (Advisory Board, Co-Chair of the Women in Technology, Past-Chair); and Society of Information Management (Professional Development Committee).