Cliff Collard works in Information Technology as a subject matter expert in three disciplines, Change Management, ITIL (the Information Technology Infrastructure Library) and the Remedy Suite of tools.
Cliff’s work as the Change Agent leverages his 12 years in IT and nearly 2 decades as the owner/operator of a chain of retail businesses. It also mixes in his knowledge of history, economics, finance, politics, yoga and philosophy with his experience in IT and business to create the Change Agent: Foundation.
Cliff Collard was born in Borger, Texas. He attended Missouri Military Academy, the Instituto de Estudios Iberamericanos and Admiral Farragut Academy; earning many honors including the position of Executive Officer of 1st Company with a rank of LT(JG).
Cliff earned six years’ credits at Baylor University in his four years there. He graduated with a BBA Economics and Information Systems. He was best known for his political activism. His political philosophy has always been libertarian-leaning.
After graduation, he worked briefly at Houston Natural Gas (a predecessor of ENRON) before joining his family business, a chain of Liquor and Convenience Stores. He served as CEO throughout the 1990s, until the sale of the chain in early 2001. During his time in Borger, he married Karen Murphy, was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary and Chaired the Hutchinson County Libertarian Party.
Cliff and Karen moved to Austin, TX in 2002, diving into the high-tech community. He has held positions of increasing responsibility with 4 Enterprise-class companies (primarily as a Consultant to third party clients), 2 startups, a Minority-owned business and the Texas Department of Information Resources. He has 9 technical certifications. Cliff has done formal collaborative work (aka co-creation) with 6 partnering organizations.
In addition, he has been active in at least 10 organizations that focus on technology, futurism and idea generation. Cliff is a yoga practitioner and lover of water sports. His enthusiasm extends to Austin, the Guadalupe River and live music.
Industry Expertise (3)
Areas of Expertise (3)
Baylor Umiversity: BBA, Economics and Info Systems
- World Future Society
- WW RUG
- Technology Advisory Group
Event Appearances (1)
of Resilience and Paradigm Shifts
BarCamp during SXSW Austin, TX
Sample Talks (1)
Foundation for thriving during massive change.
An overview of the massive change currently occurring and an introduction to the foundation that serves as a vehicle for thriving during all this change.