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Wayne Crane Named New Chief Technology Officer at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™

By: Brittany Rader
| Published 06/08/2021

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HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo announced Wayne Crane as the Rodeo’s new chief technology officer.

“Wayne’s proven track record of managing business and digital technology transformations made him a clear standout for this role,” said Rodeo president and CEO Chris Boleman. “We look forward to him executing strategic opportunities in technology that will further enhance the Rodeo customer experience.”

Crane brings 30-plus years of experience directing business and digital technology transformations, previously serving as chief technology officer for Fortune 500 companies, large private equity backed firms and technology start-ups. Previously, he served as chief information officer for MORSCO/The Reece Group, an $8 billion waterworks, plumbing and heating and cooling equipment (HVAC) manufacturer and distributor. He was responsible for the global strategy, direction and operation of global application portfolio, infrastructure, architecture, information security, IT governance, e-commerce, and project/program management.

As chief technology officer at the Rodeo, Crane will lead the Technology Division, overseeing the Information Systems and Software Development departments. He will be responsible for identifying and implementing technology to support the Rodeo’s strategic technology goals and provide thought leadership in technology to support all divisions at the Rodeo, its staff and volunteers.

He holds a Master of Computer Science and an MBA from Houston Baptist University, as well as top IT operational, security and privacy certifications, including Certified Information Security Manager and Certified Information Systems Security Professional.

Crane is a frequent speaker at technology conferences and advisor to digital start-ups. In his spare time, he enjoys long-distance hiking, blacksmithing, working in artificial intelligence and volunteering for the Boy Scouts.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo promotes agriculture by hosting an annual, family-friendly experience that educates and entertains the public, supports Texas youth, showcases Western heritage and provides year-round educational support within the community. Since its beginning in 1932, the Rodeo has committed more than $500 million to the youth of Texas and education. The 2022 Rodeo is scheduled for Feb. 28 – March 20. The 2022 World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest is scheduled for Feb. 24 – 26. For more information, visit rodeohouston.com and connect with #RODEOHOUSTON online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all the latest news.

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