Sparkhound Announces New COO and CAO Roles, Positions for Future Growth

October 27, 2014

Baton Rouge, La.  – Sparkhound Inc. recently appointed Patrick Thompson as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Noah Boudreaux as its Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) to further strengthen its executive management team and accelerate its rapid growth across its Louisiana, Houston and Dallas markets.

In Patrick's new role, he will oversee Sparkhound's operations and focus on growing the company's Business Consulting Services arm. In addition, he will be in charge of expanding Sparkhound's operational footprint in existing and future U.S-based markets.

In the new CAO position, Noah will implement Sparkhound's "HR Business Partner" model that is positioned to increase the company's focus on leadership development, employee engagement and talent acquisition. In addition, Noah will lead Sparkhound's national support services division which provides IT support for customers' infrastructure and applications.

"Both Patrick and Noah bring a wealth of experience and industry knowledge that will position us well for future expansion," said Sparkhound President & CEO Shawn Usher. "Sparkhound has experienced significant growth since opening its doors in Baton Rouge 16 years ago. The COO and CAO roles will enable us to continue building upon our mission to make a meaningful impact in our customers' businesses and employees' professional development, while growing our IT services and support footprint."

The executive management team expansion is part of Sparkhound's "Build for Scale" vision, which is focused on accelerating the company's industry footprint and long-term growth. In late 2013, Shawn promoted several Sparkhound employees into other corporate and field executive management positions to achieve the aggressive 10-year vision. In addition, the company expanded its Baton Rouge presence this past spring, opening a second office located on Westfork Drive, to accommodate its Support Services and corporate growth needs.

"I am pleased to join the great employees of Sparkhound to carry out our mission to help clients be successful through leadership and technology," said Patrick. "I am excited about the growth vision Shawn and the Board of Directors have for the future of Sparkhound; and I look forward to working with all of the Sparkies to achieve our shareholders' goals."

With more than 27 years of experience, Patrick started his career at the world's largest business professional consulting firm, Accenture (formerly known as Andersen Business Consulting). Since then, he has served in key management positions as a Chief Information Officer (CIO), Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and Chief Operating Officer (COO) where he helped build three fortune companies: Shaw Group, Amedisys and Turner Industries.

Before joining Sparkhound, Noah worked at Appro Systems as a Systems Engineer, Data Center Team Lead, and eventually Delivery Manager for Equifax, working with some of the largest financial firms in the country, including BMW Financial, Regions Bank, Bank of America and Capital One. In 2005, he joined Sparkhound as a Business Consultant; then became Vice President of Operations (Louisiana) in 2008.

Since opening its doors in 1998, Sparkhound has received several recognitions, including Baton Rouge Business Report's Company of the Year (2013); Inc. magazine's Inc. 500 | 5000 Fastest-growing Private Businesses list; Lead411's Tech 200 fastest-growing companies in the U.S.; and Microsoft's 2012 South Central Partner of the Year and Central Region Customer Loyalty & Satisfaction Award winner.

About Sparkhound

Established in 1998, Sparkhound is an IT services company whose sole mission is to make a meaningful impact in our client's business by solving their business challenges with leadership and technology.  With locations in Baton Rouge, Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth, Sparkhound is growing faster than ever to better serve its mid-market and enterprise customers through Consulting, Solutions and Support, with key offerings including IT Strategy, Business Process Optimization, Project Management, Change Management, Cloud, SharePoint, Custom Business Applications, Enterprise Mobile, Infrastructure, Service Desk, Managed Services, and Application Maintenance.  By working with partners, such as Microsoft, Amazon, Rackspace and others, Sparkhound provides industry-leading experience and comprehensive service offerings to clients around the U.S. For more information, visit Sparkhound.com.

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