Chris Jackson Juggles New CTO Role and IT Services Firm

Cowboys and iPads

Chris Jackson MBA 02

After a decade moving up the ladder at Intel from engineer, to strategic marketer to program manager, Chris Jackson MBA 02 founded Rowy Networks, his own IT services firm, in 2007 and grew its business of managed IT services for small- and medium-sized enterprises.

As he stepped away from the CEO role at Rowy, he’s taken on a new opportunity as chief technology officer for Hanson McClain, one of the nation’s leading independent financial advising firms with more than $2 billion under management or administration.

Before joining Hanson McClain, Jackson won an innovative new contract for his Sacramento-based IT firm Rowy Networks to develop a computerized system for the California Department of Food and Agriculture that fully automates the tracking and inspection process for cattle . The technology has been in place since May 2014 and has revolutionized the regulation of more than 5 million heads of cattle in the Golden State—and has been described as a “DMV for cows.”

“Agriculture is still 1850s in some cases,” Jackson has said about the industry. “Many of these cattle inspectors are out in the field in very remote locations, often on horseback. We’re taking an entire electronic cattle registration system out to them on iPads.”

Read more in SARTA’s blog “Local IT Firm Electronifies Cattle Inspection and Registration.”


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