Curtis A. Hite, CEO and Chairman of Improving Holdings, LLC. (Improving) graduated from Texas A&M University in 1994 with a B.S. and M.S. in computer science. At Texas A&M, he was a member of the Corps of Cadets, serving as commanding officer of Squadron 6 and as a member of the Ross Volunteers. In 2007 Curtis was honored by the Department of Computer Science as a CSE Distinguished Former Student and later in 2013 he received the inaugural Outstanding Early Professional Achievement Alumni Honor Award from the Dwight Look College of Engineering.
Curtis began his career as a software engineer building systems in the Defense industry – first with Rockwell International and then at E-Systems (later acquired by Raytheon). In 1998, Curtis and several partners founded Expede, a software development consulting and training company. Its quick growth drew the attention of a French company, Valtech, which acquired them in 1999. Curtis soon became CEO of Valtech’s North American operations and remained in that position until late 2006. In early 2007, Curtis and many of the same partners established the Blue Ocean Group, which quickly acquired a small training company called Improving Enterprises and adopted the Improving name. The company has been blessed with continued growth since then — repeatedly receiving accolades including the Inc500/5000, Dallas 100, and Aggie 100. More importantly, the company has received recognitions from its employees as one of the best work places in Texas as noted by the Dallas Morning News, Dallas Business Journal, and Texas Monthly.
As Senior Vice President of Operations, Ric is responsible for all aspects of the operational and legal affairs of the company and is a member of the company’s board of directors. Ric’s focus and passion lies with the company’s “Improvers,” and considers everyone not just an employee but part of a family. He regards his primary goal each day to support and recognize those around him.
Prior to joining Improving, Ric co-founded Expede, Inc. in 1998, that later merged into Valtech Technologies, Inc. in early 1999. Here he served in various senior level positions, culminating in Vice President of North American Operations.
When not at work, Ric enjoys spending time with his children, Noah, Daniel, Gabriel, and Jon and his wife Vicki. He is heavily involved in the local Boy Scouts and participates as an Assistant Scout Master with Troop 219.
Mark Kovacevich serves as the President of North American Operations for Improving, an international leader in delivering technology consulting and training. He is responsible for all international operations, execution, corporate integration, and implementation of Improving’s vision and purpose. In addition, he is a member of Improving’s Board of Directors, and is responsible for strategic mergers and acquisitions. Through a combination of leadership, excellence and teamwork, Improving has enjoyed great success becoming an nine time recipient of the Inc. 500 award. Based in Columbus, Mark’s efforts led the Columbus enterprise to nine Best Places to Work (2008-2015, 2017, #1 in Small Business Category in 2012) and six Fast Fifty awards (2009-2011 & 2013-2016) from Columbus’s Business First. Additionally, Improving was honored to be named the 2017 Business First Corporate Caring Award winner in the category of Education.
Mark is very active in the Columbus philanthropic community, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Columbus Speech and Hearing, Alvis 180, The Goodwill Business Advisory Council, the Central Ohio Conscious Capitalism chapter and the Columbus Chamber of Commerce. He is also a recipient of the Business First’s 40 Under 40 Award. A proud graduate from The Ohio State University, Mark enjoys spending time with his wife, two girls and watching the Buckeyes deliver another win against Michigan.
In his role as VP of Learning Solutions at Improving Enterprises, Don McGreal is a hands-on agile consultant and instructor. He specializes in agile coaching at the enterprise and team levels within larger organizations.
Don is a Scrum.org Professional Scrum Trainer who has authored and taught classes for thousands of software professionals around the globe. He is also co-founder of TastyCupcakes.org, a comprehensive collection of games and exercises for accelerating the adoption of agile principles.
Kristin Kacir serves as the Director of Marketing for Improving and has overall responsibility for all marketing initiatives and campaigns within the company. She concentrates on the support of the sales teams with lead generation and revenue growth through the success of comprehensive marketing programs while continuing to find ways to further build the Improving brand.
She is experienced in branding, corporate communications, event logistics and executing various complex marketing campaigns and possesses a passion to learn more about communications and the evolution of marketing in the near future. She has served as a board member of the American Marketing Association DFW Chapter for several years and enjoys connecting with fellow marketing professionals throughout the city.