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September 2019 Associate Member Lunch
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When: Friday, September 20, 2019
11:30am - 1:00pm
Where: Sense Corp Office
2500 Bee Cave Road, Building Two
Suite 220
Austin, Texas  78746
United States
Contact: Debbie Peterson

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Butch Grote - Chief Information Officer, Texas Department of Agriculture

Butch Grote photoWilliam A. (Butch) Grote Jr.’s professional career might best be described as diverse and colorful. As a consummate user of automation, technology, project management and e-commerce, he understands and uses technology to aid in identifying ways to save time and money and to streamline virtually all aspects of a company’s day-to-day business and operations.

In addition to working with computer software and hardware for more than 35 years, Butch has a degree in Computer Science and Management, has helped take several start-up companies public, has managed and mentored employees, has been an executive staff member acting in as a liaison between several CEOs and engineering departments.

Butch attended St. Edward’s University, where his core studies were computer science and management. He quickly developed rapport with his professors and was well armed with years of actual experience.

Serving as the Alpha Sigma Lambda honor society president his junior and senior years, Butch graduated with honors in 1995 and was awarded the university’s highest honor: the “Presidential Award”.

From 1976 to 1981 he managed numerous Radio Shack stores and received his first taste of automation design and integration.

From 1981 to 1995 Butch held various titles at the Texas Department of Transportation, headquartered in Austin, TX and was the agency’s network/automation administrator for the Texas Department of Transportation. From July 1995 through March 2003, Butch served as the General Manager, Operations Director, Compliance Director and Special Projects Engineer reporting directly to the CEO at GameTech International Inc., then headquartered in Tempe, AZ.

In March 2003 Butch transitioned to a new role as Vice President and General Manager, once again reporting to the CEO at Metro Automation Inc., headquartered in Irving, TX.

In February 2007, he joined the executive management team of Beneplace Inc., where he reported to the CEO. His primary responsibilities were within the Operations, Information Technology and E-commerce areas focusing on product/project management and general management.

In April 2010, Butch returned to State government at TxDOT and began a mission to search for a senior management position. From December 2012 TO June 2015 Butch served as the IT Operations Manager for the Texas Facilities Commission.

In July 2015, Butch joined the Texas Department of Agriculture as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Information Resources Manager (IRM) where he provides leadership for the agency’s technology roadmap, management of information technology services, automation systems, systems architecture.

Parking: There is a surface lot on top of a multi-level garage. Attendees can park anywhere except for the spots with a reserved sign (there are just a few reserved spots);

Helpful Hints: The key to finding it is to be sure to go to Building Two. There is a sign that says "Latinworks" on the outside (top right if you are facing the building) of Building Two. Once you get to the 2nd floor, you will see the Sense Corp sign and it will be obvious where they need to go.

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