Before EDsuite I had the privilege of working as a local economic developer for over 10 years. During that time I learned the hard way how difficult it can be to persuade industry leaders to invest and commit to your community. One of the most satisfying aspects of my role with EDsuite today is to see all the pieces of the puzzle finally come together in a cohesive online marketing approach. In addition, to see the relief on our client’s faces when they realize that what we have provided for them is a quality product that will improve the way they do economic development. I enjoy volunteering my time to serve on numerous advisory boards including the East Texas Regional Development Company and the Texas Economic Development Council.
Aside from providing the best quality product and customer service imaginable, my personal goal is for EDsuite to continue to look ahead searching for new technology applications that will change the way economic development is performed at the local, regional and state level. I enjoy working hard to provide for my family which includes my wife Jodie (of 20+ years) our sons Harrison and Hamilton and our daughter Allie Kate.
If you had told me that one day I would be the Director of Operations for a nationally recognized website development firm, I would have had a hard time believing you! It’s humbling, and at the same time motivating, to know that I have responsibility in overseeing major projects for high achieving clients in over 13 states around the country.
Before joining EDsuite, I attended LeTourneau University where I earned a degree in business administration. I worked my way through college by co-owning and operating a landscaping/maintenance business. After graduating in May 2008, I joined EDsuite and have not looked back! I have been completely immersed in the economic development industry and am very familiar with the issues that economic developers struggle with on a daily basis.
As Director of Operations, I am responsible for the day-to-day operations and oversight of all existing clients and active website development projects. I have a passion for serving people and making sure that our clients thoroughly enjoy their experience with EDsuite. I married my highschool sweetheart, Samantha, in May 2008. We have two beautiful kids Andrew and Mary McKenzie.
Craft doer. Dog lover. And salsa craver (on chips, not the dance floor). I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising Design from Stephen F. Austin State University, and have over 10 years experience in graphic design and layout in the print industry, with a strong emphasis in magazine art design. I’ve been apart of the EDsuite team since February 2011 and not a day has gone by that I have not grown deeper with knowledge of the economic development industry.
Since becoming the Marketing Coordinator of EDsuite, I am focused primarily on all team tasks such as assisting with developing the growth of the company through our own website and marketing materials, fulfilling proposed inquires from new clients, and planning and coordinating events.
As a new bride, I have a lot to be thankful for, and to look forward to!
My journey through life leading me to Kilgore and EDsuite has been full of diversity. I grew up in New Braunfels, Texas and moved to Longview to go to college. After graduating I had an incredible opportunity to spend some time in Europe before moving back to Longview and getting engaged to my beautiful fiance. I began working with EDsuite in May of 2012 as the Client Relations Representative after graduating with a Bachelor's degree from LeTourneau University.
I really love my job because I get to work directly with our clients to help them get the most out of their website and to resolve any difficulties they might run into on a day-to-day basis. People and relationships are really what I am passionate about and I enjoy every opportunity I get to spend working with them. My goal is that each client has the best possible personal experience working with EDsuite as we seek to serve their needs in the vital economic development industry.
As Director of Business Development it's my job to research and bring to the table technology that will make your job easier. Working together with our talented team of developers, our goal at EDsuite is to find solutions that make sense, are easy to use and give your community the edge you need online. We've spent several years listening to our client base, learning and shaping a set of tools that answer your most pressing marketing and communication needs. We're proud of our products and are continually looking for better ways to enhance them and empower your community online.
Bruce has spent the past 5 years managing EDsuite and its parent company Cypress Interactive. Over the past 10yrs he's project managed over 100 small - large scale website and software systems from a wide range of industry including Retail, Industrial, Economic Development and Non-Profit sectors. A native of Canada, Bruce along with his wife and 7 children are currently living in Europe.