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.
For Susan Barbour, the answer to the question, "what is the meaning of life?" likely begins with the word, "family." Susan is the first of four girls in her family, and the sisters have stayed close to each other virtually their whole lives.
"If I'm not at work," Susan admits, "I'm likely with a family member since we live on the same street and tend to travel together."
Susan has also seen her fair share of moving vans, having moved more than 25 times in her life. From coast to coast (New Jersey to Washington), and from north to south (Michigan to Texas), and many points in between, you can bet she’s learned the value of being organized.
Many of those moves helped Susan establish a successful career in the financial industry after earning her economics degree from Manhattanville College in the Greater New York City area. Serving in multiple executive leadership positions with several different institutions, Susan learned many skills — leadership, risk management, strategic planning, team building, and more — which led her to the second phase of her career, company consulting and individual coaching, and ultimately, Bridge360.
All of this experience will be invaluable to Bridge360 in her role as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. In this post, Susan provides the infrastructure and direction for departments including accounting, human resources, marketing, operations, and procurement.
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 Ilea, 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.