• 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 […]

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 […]

Reasons To Value What Is In Front Of You

Earlier this month a person very dear to my life passed. My grandmother finally received her much-deserved peace for a life well lived. I found myself taking short notice bereavement, working for the great organization I do they were of course more than supportive. My adopted hometown is some three hundred miles to my actual hometown in the East Texas […]

Choosing To Live In The Now

To live in the now. I’m envious of those folks living in places that don’t do the time shuffle dance twice a year. Seems silly to me to cling onto actions that are no longer relevant to society. I see it as a “we’ve always done it this way” mindset. In a professional context that way of thinking drives me […]

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 […]

Why Choose A Simple Country Life Versus Urban Existence

It’s been about three and a half years since I came full circle in my life and moved back to rural Texas. The question as to why still comes up on occasion. There are people in my life that literally cannot fathom why I chose a country life and left substantial career opportunities, bloated salaries, and many of the conveniences of urban society to live in rural Texas. I […]

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 […]

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 […]