Laura Thomas is Senior Vice President and Chief Client Officer for Antares Technology Solutions working over the years to support clients primarily from greater Houston to across the gulf coast. Laura has been with Antares for 27 years where she has been a driving force in sales and marketing management in high tech software development and information technology consulting.
Her passion is to work with clients to understand their business needs and then provide the Antares team with the insight to design and develop the right solution. Laura has been fortunate to work with all types of clients including DXC, Louisiana Department of Health, Amedisys and the Louisiana Clerks of Court Association.
Prior to Antares, Laura got her start working for US Robotics Software in the early days just prior to the explosion of the Internet. One of her proudest moments was working closely with her Federal Sales rep to close a two million software contract with the US Army providing software to connect all of their different computer systems in support Desert Storm.
Laura is a member of the Baton Rouge Rotary and has volunteered her time in support of the Junior League, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and United Way. She is an active member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and enjoys playing guitar and singing in the choir. Laura enjoys traveling and has been proud to chaperone the award-winning Baton Rouge High School Choir Festival Singers on trips to Ireland, Italy, the Czech Republic and Hungary.
Outside of work, Laura spends her time with her husband of thirty years, Ellis, and enjoys time with their grown children; sons Benjamin and Jonathan, and daughter Jaime. She especially loves staying active beaching, kayaking, hiking, biking and snow skiing.
Antares is excited to welcome our new Project Coordinator, Nick White. Nick is a client focused professional who has over thirteen years of custom software experience to share in support and service to Antares clients. He enjoys taking on a client’s most challenging issue and turning it into a solution that can make a difference. Nick is an active leader in Scouting and enjoys coaching youth Basketball and Football at his son’s school.
Along with his love of all things technology, Nick is also an avid space enthusiast and gets more than excited when there is news of a new rocket launch (or landing!) Whether searching through SQL, configuring Servers or working on workflow items, Nick will find a solution and have fun while doing it.
Antares Software Developer Hunter Guest recently received his bachelor of science in software development, with an emphasis in Java, from Western Governors University (WGU). Software development has always been Hunter’s dream job. The dedication, problem solving and troubleshooting skills that go into it have always intrigued him. He joined the Navy right out of high school to travel the world. After 7 years in the service, he decided it was time to go back to school. It was at BRCC in his intro to HTML class that he wrote his first “HELLO WORLD.” After that, he was hooked. Soon thereafter, Hunter got his associates degree in software development from ITT Tech.
Over the years, Hunter has shown tremendous dedication to expanding his knowledge and expertise in the IT field. He has obtained the the following certifications: CompTIA A+ 901, CompTIA A+ 902, COMPTIA Project +, CIW User Interface Designer, CIW Advanced HTML5 and CSS Specialist. He is now looking more to Microsoft Certifications with an emphasis in ML(Machine Learning). AI technologies have always intrigued him and now with his bachelor’s degree out the way he wants to further his knowledge in this area.
The Antares family is extremely proud of Hunter’s ongoing achievements and his dedication to professional development.
Antares Technology Solutions is a proud sponsor of the Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival, held every spring in the French Quarter. The five-day festival has celebrated the literary arts for over 30 years through theater, discussion panels, master classes, music events, walking tours, culinary events, and a book fair. Visit www.tennesseewilliams.net for more information.
LED honors business and community leaders at annual event
BATON ROUGE, La. — Antares Technology Solutions is proud to be one of twenty-two statewide finalists for the Louisiana Growth Leaders recognition. Ultimately ten companies from throughout the state were honored for their business success and community leadership as part of the inaugural class of Louisiana Growth Leaders. The announcement was made at the annual Spotlight Louisiana reception hosted Thursday night, March 14th by Louisiana Economic Development (LED). Spotlight Louisiana is a recognition and networking reception for small businesses in the LED Growth Network.
The Louisiana Growth Leaders selection panel evaluated applications from LED Growth Network companies based upon categories determined by LED including growth, strategy, innovation, leadership/culture, philanthropy and intangibles. Twenty-two companies were finalists for the inaugural award. LED Growth Network companies have graduated from LED’s Economic Gardening Initiative and/or CEO Roundtable programs, which are strategic resources designed to accelerate the growth of second-stage businesses. This alumni network includes more than 350 companies representing all eight regions of the state.
Antares congratulates the following 2019 Louisiana Growth Leaders businesses and their principal executives:
- Argent Financial Group | Ruston | Kyle McDonald
- Calls Plus | Lafayette | Barbara Lamont
- E-Claim.com | Harvey | Thomas Brown
- ILSI Engineering | New Orleans | Iam Tucker
- ITinspired | Baton Rouge | Robert Wise
- LogoJET | Lafayette | Susan Cox
- Pod Pack International | Baton Rouge | Tom Martin
- Southern Designs | Vidalia | Tance Hughes
- Techneaux Technology Services | Lafayette| Ben Johnson
- Waitr | Lake Charles | Chris Meaux