Antonio Luevano is Trintech’s Chief Enterprise Architect in the Ideas Forum and Advanced Research department (think research and development). He’s been at Trintech since July, but he’s worked in technology his entire career from the US Army to Microsoft. He landed at Trintech after searching for a way to stay passionate about his job and spend more time with his wife and two daughters.
Shannon: Nice to meet you, Antonio. Congratulations on your selection as this month’s Spotlight winner! I know you’ve worked in Dallas for some time, but I’m guessing from your accent you aren’t from Dallas. What’s your story?
Antonio: Thank you. You’re right. I was born in Aguascalientes, Mexico. I came to Dallas in 2003 with Microsoft for a 6-week consulting job for a telecommunications company. On day one and as part of my review of their existing system, we identified and presented to executives a sizable amount of data, compliance, process and systems issues in the area of security and protection of Personal and Credit Card information. I was asked to lead the customers’ application portfolio modernization which lasted for three years; as a consultant in Microsoft’s Consulting Services, both in the US and in a relative short ex-pat role in Switzerland. My responsibilities and its work required me to travel upwards of 90 percent of the time through those years.
Shannon: Wow! That is a lot of travel time. How did you find your way to Trintech?
Antonio: Yes, it is! Work life was great. But, at that point, I was looking for a change. I enjoy time with my daughters, just reading with them. I appreciate the small things in life. Have you heard of the four agreements of Toltec Wisdom? [I had to look it up… 1. Be impeccable with your work. 2. Don’t take anything personally. 3. Don’t make assumptions. 4. Always do your best.] That approach to a happy life really resonates with me. I was looking for a change and I’d worked with Rocket Williams [Vice President, Engineering] before. He is a builder and Trintech’s Executive team is aligning our company for success. I want to be a part of that.
Shannon: You were just recently promoted to Chief Architect. Tell me about your job.
Antonio: A Chief Architect builds a holistic view of an organization’s strategy, processes, information and information technology. From there, I make sure our business goals are linked to our IT strategy.
Shannon: So, you’re a big picture guy. How do you view the world?
Antonio: Absolutely. For me, technology is a lifestyle. We are on the brink of change. We are disrupting at a faster frequency. Innovation used to take a year or two; now the cycle is a few weeks or months. We have a lot of opportunities to make use of technology to make a difference in the way our customers do business. If we can automate 20 percent of our clients’ work, that would cause productivity to skyrocket!
Taking that a step further, in the financial sector, there is an opportunity to be a disrupter and allow customers to exchange information. What if we can look at trends for your industry and we see these certain errors? We can suggest you look at these areas in your business. If we can do what I think is possible, we can enable our customers to close the books every day. [I raise my eyebrows] Why not? Of course, this means that they will change their focus to value-added activities, helping to drive their business forward. But, we have a long history of going through these types of changes; we’ve been going through changes for decades. Think of Expense Management Systems. We used to do expense reports manually. It used to take hours. Now, they take far less time, cost far less and we hardly remember spending time on expense reports.
Shannon: You’re right, I used to have to tape all my receipts to a piece of paper. And they would tear or not copy. I don’t miss doing that. So, what do you like most about your job here?
Antonio: The sense of family here is very different from anywhere else I’ve worked. The people on the Engineering team are very passionate about what they do. Day in and day out – it’s contagious. And, our leadership empowers employees to craft our products in the right way.
Shannon: Thank you for taking time to talk with us! I look forward to seeing the results of your work here at Trintech!