Katie Snapp, Owner, Galactic Guide – Skirt Strategies
During her first career as an engineer at Honeywell, Katie was selected to participate in their corporate change and became one of the nation’s top trainers in leadership and teambuilding. She was recruited from there by the global firm, The Cumberland Group, one of the first consulting companies to construct the quality movement as we know it today, and a game-changer in the development of corporate culture that we know now as Lan and Six Sigma. She worked worldwide with clients such as: NASA Johnson Space Center, Northrop-Grumman in their Unmanned Systems initiative, the US Navy, and US State Department.
Having worked as a rocket scientist in a male-dominated culture made her realize that women have great value that often gets buried because of their belief systems, feeling outnumbered, and lack of positive female role models. She now works with a wide range of industries, especially small businesses, and speaks internationally as well as working as a coach and consultant locally.
I was recognized as a Woman of Distinction in 2010 by NMTC’s Women In Technology
We asked Katie a few fun questions:
Q: Can you tell us the story of how you got into your industry?
With advanced credits in math and science, I entered college and was urged to take advantage of the jump start in the engineering program. I entered pre-engineering at that point and never looked back.
Q: Tell us about your greatest professional accomplishment.
Easily … my engineering degree coupled with the stellar clients that I have had the privilege to work with globally.
Q: What do you love about your job?
The interpersonal aspect of people working together … it’s never the same twice. I find the dynamic fascinating …. Sometimes predictable, and sometimes comical.
Q: Why did you join the NMTC?
For the connections at the WIT
Q: One fun fact about yourself:
I had a personal tour of the aircraft carrier the John Stennis by an active duty naval officer when the Naval Air Systems Command was a client at the time. A young female intern from his office was also touring with us and, to say the least, she was not the brightest bulb in the package. When she saw the bunking area and how crammed together the sailors were required for sleeping, she said “this is way too small a space to sleep. You guys should complain.”
Q: Why do you love living in New Mexico?
Year round tennis
Previously Featured Members:
Lee Werner, CIO – Eye Associates of New Mexico
Hello, I’m Lee!
I am the Chief Information Officer for Eye Associates of New Mexico. During my tenure, we have opened numerous medical facilities around the state, implemented multiple generations of network technologies and systems, installed enterprise applications, and have built a skilled IT support organization. I am also the HIPAA privacy & security officer, member of the administrative team and serve on both the capital and compliance committees.
While in college, I was working towards a business degree when I accepted a part-time computer operator job at Lovelace Health Systems in the Information Systems department. I subsequently moved to full-time and went on to serve in a variety of application, technical and management positions. The hands-on and occasional trial by fire experience at Lovelace (owned by Cigna Healthcare at the time) enabled me to learn a great deal about the business of healthcare and different medical technologies. It was clear to me back then that the healthcare industry was on the cusp of dramatic technological change that, over a period of time, would lead to improved patient care. I decided early on that I wanted to pursue a career within healthcare IT.
We asked Lee a few fun questions:
Q: Why did you join NMTC?
I have been aware of NMTC for some time, but the driver for me to join last year was the new affiliation between NMTC and the New Mexico HIMSS chapter. I am a long time national HIMSS member, so I have also tried to participate in NM HIMSS activities as much as possible. I am hopeful that NMTC membership will expand upon those and other activities pertaining to technology.
Q: What is you favorite tech news site and why?
I read a variety of tech and healthcare related news sites and publications, but I favor Techmeme (www.techmeme) at the moment.
Q: Why do you love living in New Mexico?
I have lived in New Mexico my entire life, so I probably take the weather, beautiful vistas, outdoor activities and exceptional food for granted. Although I do enjoy visiting other places, I am always happy to come home.
Why is NMTC important for the community?
The IT community in Albuquerque, as well as New Mexico, is relatively small. An organization committed to bringing people with common interests together to address technology issues and shared opportunities can only serve to benefit the state as well as the many public and private entities that operate here.
One fun fact about yourself:
When I was attending high school in Santa Fe, I worked as a weekend overnight DJ at the local AM radio station. While it was often nerve racking due to the hourly news, weather, advertising and PSA requirements, not to mention the unusual hours, it was actually fun and I was able to play music that I actually liked.
Rich Glover, President & CEO – ACME Advanced Materials, Inc
I’m the President and CEO of ACME Advanced Materials, Inc, a microgravity materials production
company. ACME is funded by both US and international venture investors and is currently producing ultra-low defect, electrically superior silicon carbide wafers for the power electronics industry. ACME is 100% commercially funded and has not received any funding or grants from the government.
In 2012 I cofounded Masterson Industries to develop and demonstrate commercialization concepts for the high volume production of unique microgravity materials. The success of those demonstrations led to an acquisition by ACME in Jan 2014.
I retired from the AF in 1998 and have worked for a number of both large and small aerospace contractors serving as Chief Engineer, Director of Operations, Director of Engineering, Division Manager and Vice President. Back in 2007, I also cofounded Microgravity Enterprises which developed and sold the world’s first space beer (Comet’s Tail Amber Ale at Kelly’s Brew Pub in Albuquerque) and space energy drink (Antimatter).
I think our company motto, “sermo minor, operor magis,” is especially appropriate for today’s New Space Industry.
We asked Rich a few fun questions and here were his answers:
Q: Tell us the story of how you got into your industry?
A: Like most people my age, I’m really a space geek at heart. So no matter what industry I was working in I was always thinking about space commercialization and settlement. But the past 30 years have been a real disappointment – full of false promises, delays, excuses, finger pointing and, most importantly, a lack of imagination. So I decided it was time to quit complaining about the lack of progress and jump in myself and see if I could make something happen. We still have a long way to go but so far so good.
Q: Why did you join the NMTC?
A: Just wanted to stay connected with the local technology community. Lots of innovation and creativity taking place here in a wide variety of fields.
Q: What is your favorite tech news website and why?
A: I like Real Clear Science. Nice objective presentation of the latest studies and analysis. They seem to do a pretty good job of being objective and not politically correct – that’s important.