Company

Hello. Welcome to Sparkhound.

We're the IT services company with the semi-serious name and the dead-serious mission: to make a meaningful impact on every Sparkhound client's business. And we do it with an amazing team of collaborative, outcome-driven pros who bring a potent mix of thought, tools and trust to create lasting value in your IT investment.

Success is our Platform.

At Sparkhound, your business goals and challenges inspire us to create transformative solutions, not to check a box on a task list or give you what any other IT firm could. We don't consider our job done until our clients reach agreed-upon success measures. We aren't owned by — or contractually bound to — any particular IT product or vendor, which gives us limitless flexibility to do standout work. And we fully embrace the Plan/Build/Run methodology to deliver each of our comprehensive IT services.

What's in our name?

It's pretty simple, really. The SPARK represents ideas and technology — the innovative ways we help deliver meaningful impact for our clients.

Inspired by the beloved bloodhound, HOUND is all about our client loyalty, humble nature and tireless quest for the most powerful and efficient ways to execute those ideas.

A Brief History

  • 1998

    Shawn Usher started Sparkhound in 1998 to redefine how companies use technology to solve business problems. Since then, we've remained fiercely committed to making an impact on our clients' organizations, regardless of size, with the same high standards of service.

  • 2009

    After operating from our Baton Rouge headquarters for 11 years, we opened a Houston office in 2009 to give the Texas business market more of the Sparkhound magic.

  • 2011

    In 2011, we found ourselves with new Dallas/Ft. Worth clients and not enough desks for our growing team, so we opened our third office there.

  • 2016

    And in 2016, growing regional interest in what we do landed us in Birmingham, Alabama, home to Sparkhound office number four.

100% Principled

Our core values define the way Sparkies approach every aspect of what we do. We always strive to:

  • Be "go-to" people authentic, humble, honest, positive and strategic; always beginning with the end in mind

  • Work as one team always in this together, harnessing our collective power to create impactful outcomes

  • Create value with a curious, consulting mindset that breeds opportunities for improvement and growth

  • Put clients first by earning and keeping their trust, always having their back, listening intently and being willing to adapt

  • Have fun because life's too short to take yourself too seriously!

Leadership

The leaders of Sparkhound's pack are a close-knit group of information technology veterans with extensive experience in technology consulting, design, development and implementation. Click a pic and learn more about each team member.

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Shawn Usher

Shawn Usher President & CEO

Shawn formed Sparkhound in 1998 with the mission to make a meaningful impact for clients by solving their business problems with technology and leadership. His results-driven approach helped the company quickly earn a solid reputation with mid-market and enterprise clients throughout the United States. Prior to starting Sparkhound, he led a team of senior business consultants who successfully transformed IT systems and management for the parent company of three hospitals, a health insurance company and 25 smaller healthcare-related companies. Shawn earned a bachelor's degree in quantitative business analysis and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree at Louisiana State University. He and his wife, Jennifer, have four children, and he serves on numerous professional and community boards.

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Region Leadership

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Jason Lasseigne Managing Director, Baton Rouge

As the Managing Director of our Baton Rouge office, Jason oversees all operations in the Louisiana region for Sparkhound.

Prior to joining Sparkhound, Jason was the Chief Operating Officer at Envoc, a full-service digital agency and was instrumental in their record growth and success. He’s also held management and executive positions at IBM Global Services, APPRO/Equifax, and TraceSecurity.

As we evolve our operating model, Jason’s experience in custom application development, business consulting, and cloud will help foster regional growth in collaboration with our teams in Houston, Dallas, and Birmingham.  

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Travis Grubbs Managing Director, Dallas

Travis joined Sparkhound in 2013 and is responsible for managing our operations and growth across the Dallas/Ft. Worth market. A performance-focused leader with wide-ranging management experience and a proven record of driving bottom-line results, Travis started his career as a consultant more than 20 years ago in the Microsoft channel, focused on information management and business process optimization. He’s a big-picture thinker who brings a rare combination of innovative business-to-technology value mapping, outstanding technical leadership, acute business acumen, effective employee empowerment and exceptional relationship-building skills to Sparkhound and our customers. Travis earned a bachelor's degree in history and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree at Texas Christian University. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have three children.

Corporate Leadership

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Dave Baxter Director of Strategic Alliances

Dave is an accomplished business and IT veteran with a wealth of diverse experience. A Sparkhound team member since 2007, he oversees the management of client strategies, business goals and education, while challenging his team to better understand and fulfill our customers’ needs. He began his career as a network technician with the University of Connecticut Health Center, moved to EDS as a project leader at Exxon, then spent the next 10 years as IT director for several private and non-profit agencies, leading his organizations through the computing world’s move from the mainframe to Windows and the Web. Dave earned a bachelor's degree in psychology at Ithaca College (Ithaca, New York), and is an active member in a variety of professional and civic organizations. He and his wife, Kitzia, have two children.

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Matt Hunt Controller

Matt oversees all aspects of Sparkhound’s accounting, budgeting, business support, financial planning and analysis functions. He began his career with a regional public accounting firm, where he focused on auditing and tax work, then joined Wireless One, Inc., overseeing all accounting and reporting functions for 32 subsidiaries across the Southeast, as well as playing a key role in taking the company public. Matt then co-founded Roux Business Systems, a professional services consulting firm providing project management and accounting solutions to mid-market customers ranging from $1 million to over $500 million in revenue. In his role, he helped customers utilize technology to streamline their operational and financial processes and reporting. Matt is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Louisiana State University. He and his wife, Jeanne, have two sons.

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Sandy Michelet, SHRM-SCP, SPHR Director of Human Resources

Sandy leads Sparkhound’s people-focused strategies and initiatives to develop a high-performing, engaged culture. With responsibilities including performance management, organizational development, employee relations, talent acquisition, compensation and benefits, she embraces two Sparkhound core values essential to the creativity and individuality that define a Sparkie: “Create Value” and “Have Fun.” Sandy joined us in 2014 with 20 years of senior human resources leadership with a Fortune 500 company, in the public sector, and with healthcare and technology companies. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University and a master’s degree in workforce development from the University of Southern Mississippi, and has addressed multiple human resources conferences and associations as a keynote and session speaker. Away from work you’ll likely find her singing in a band, riding her Harley or hanging out with her husband and chocolate lab.

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Mike Moles  VP of Managed Services

Mike leads Sparkhound’s Managed Services group with a wealth of expertise and experience gained across numerous aspects of the IT industry, from strategy to systems analysis to software development. He came to the company after serving as a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer manager, and also spent time as a senior leader with Bizzuka, a web development firm, and Perficient, a digital transformation consulting firm. For more than 20 years, Mike was president and CEO of Anatares Technology Solutions. Under his leadership, the company earned Microsoft’s distinguished Application Lifecycle Management Inner Circle Partner recognition. Mike earned a bachelor of science degree in math from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and he is an active contributor to a number of community and professional organizations and initiatives. He and his wife, Aimee, have three sons.

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Matt Wallace Director of Marketing

Matt is a proven business-to-business and technology industry marketer with broad experience, from large-scale brand awareness campaigns to focused product marketing efforts. He joined Sparkhound in 2016 to lead the company’s comprehensive marketing and branding strategies and initiatives across all markets. Most recently, he was vice president of marketing at EATELCORP, directing all marketing and communications for a portfolio of companies that included EATEL, Venyu, Vision Communications and Upperline Media. As a member of the executive leadership team, he also contributed to the corporation’s overall growth strategy. Prior to that, Matt co-founded and operated Wallace Standard, a marketing and design firm serving business-to-business technology and consumer retail clients. He holds a bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University, and he and his wife, Alyssa, have three daughters.

Sparkhound Foundation

The desire to make a difference outside of work is part of Sparkhound's DNA. To formalize our ongoing commitment, we established the Sparkhound Foundation in 2010 as a nonprofit charitable organization focused on promoting happier, smarter, safer and healthier communities.

The Foundation provides Sparkhound employees with an organized channel for giving back, whether we're walking the Walk to Remember for Alzheimer's Association or helping with a Boys Hope Girls Hope fundraiser. And it's a great way for us to come together as a team to grow the impact we have on causes close to our hearts.

Want to request Foundation support or need volunteers for your event? Start by completing and submitting the Foundation Nomination Form.

Nomination Form

Who We've Helped

  • Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area
  • Boys Hope Girls Hope
  • Capital Area CASA Association
  • Capital Area Heart Walk (American Heart Association)
  • Easter Seals Louisiana
  • Elves & More
  • Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank
  • Houston Food Bank
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (Baton Rouge)
  • OLOL Children's Hospital
  • Pitt Hopkins Research Foundation
  • Ronald McDonald House of Dallas
  • Septembeard
  • Shepher's Market Food Pantry
  • Shriner's Hospital for Children
  • The ARC of Baton Rouge
  • Volunteers of America — Greater Baton Rouge
  • Wreaths of America (Houston)
  • YMCA Houston Operation Backpack
Meet Sparkhound

Review our capabilities and services, meet the leadership team, see our valued partnerships, and read about the hardware we've earned.

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