• shane@countryexec.com
  • Seguin, Texas

The Simple Life Versus Career Aspirations In Rural Texas

In 2018 Mrs. Country Exec and I were fortunate to have been chosen to relocate to Seguin, TX so I could become the city’s first technology executive. Five years later with an opportunity looming to promote into a similar role for a much larger city, we chose to stay in our community. As someone that has been aspirational for the […]

Life Goals And The Professional Satisfaction Derived

I’ve been a hard charger most of my life. I’m blue collar to my core, and have always been a roll up my sleeves and get after it kind of guy. It’s ironic this mindset led to a white collar career. You’ll never convince me a blue collar approach doesn’t have a direct line to success for many reasons. That […]

2022 Greatest Hits And What To Expect Next Year

2022 was quite the year. Memorable in many ways, both positive and negative. It has been my most challenging year to date as an executive, forcing me to grow as a person and as a leader. It’s a good thing. Quite honestly I needed it. Looking back I think I was a bit rigid in my ways. Maybe too confident […]

Understanding Why It’s A Privilege To Be Texan

Recently I was watching a documentary on one of the most enduring and legendary sons of Texas. In a state with no shortage of larger than life characters, Mr. Nolan Ryan stands tall. As any baseball aficionado and or good Texan would, I thoroughly enjoyed reliving the tales of a sports hero from my youth. I highly recommend watching “Facing […]

Country IT 2022: Revisiting A New Mindset For Technology Success

2022 has been a whirlwind, actually a little crazy I’d say. The days have piled onto one another leading to weeks and months passing by. Cautiousness around spending of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding delayed several technology initiatives for my organization that we would have typically jumped on much sooner. That said I wanted to follow up on […]

The Truth Behind Being A Public Servant

I’ve known for years now I am a public servant at heart. It took my transitioning to private industry to learn who I was in a professional capacity and what I wanted to do with my life. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have found my calling. It is said you never work a day in your life if you […]

GovLoop Guest Posts Exclusive – March 2021

Howdy again folks! It’s late May in Texas and it’s definitely starting to heat up in my neck of the woods. Professionally I’ve just returned from a TAGITM strategic planning session in Austin. As soon as I got back, I had to finalize and submit all my operational and capital budget requests for fiscal year 2021-22, a process that takes […]

The Truth Behind Resumes And What Hiring Managers Want

Recently, I concluded the hiring process to bring on a new team member for my organization. It had been more than a year since our last hire and working through the process again acted as a reminder for what I look for in candidates. Before I started in leadership, I often found myself wondering what was happening on the other […]

GovLoop Guest Posts Exclusive – February 2021

Hello again everyone! It’s been a whirlwind of late for me trying to keep up with all my responsibilities in Texas local government. Last week we had our TAGITM annual conference for the first time in two years and it was such a blast. Two years felt like more, but it was fantastic to see familiar faces on both the […]

GovLoop Guest Posts Exclusive – January 2021

Howdy folks! I’ve been pretty busy writing quite a few guest posts here lately. Primarily these have been for GovLoop through a twelve-week featured contributor program I signed up for. I also have a second article for GovCIO Outlook Magazine coming out soon and wrote a long form guest post for another website that was posted in February. Check out […]