I’m a native Dallas guy… and I married a native Dallas gal… we’re a rare breed in Dallas. We have two kids, who we chase to soccer, basketball, golf, and gymnastics. My wife, who is the most patient and organized woman I’ve ever known, homeschooled both our kids through elementary school, which was a great experience for us. We have a great local church in Watermark Community Church, and we live in community with some great people, who help us not take ourselves too seriously.
I love to get out of bed every day for lots of reasons, but one is because I love the field I plow. I am co-founder of Cogent Company, and I have the privilege to serve as Managing Partner of the firm. For more than 20 years, I’ve been helping firms improve the way the integrate technology into their business strategies. I’ve been fortunate to have some great colleagues, mentors, and clients. I enjoy, and seem to be pretty good at, helping firms solve problems that technology has a hope of solving. Prior to founding Cogent Company, I ran global channel sales for Trendium, a network management software firm. Before Trendium, I served clients in Asia, Europe, and North and Central America at Ernst & Young, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, and Consulting Partners. I started my career in research and development at Halliburton, a job I never appreciated until years after I left it. I got my BA and MA from the University of North Texas and have done continuing education at Southern Methodist University.
Outside of Cogent, I served for four years as an Adjunct Instructor at the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University, a guest lecturer at the University of North Texas, and a frequent conference speaker on the topics of technology strategy, process improvement, and business intelligence. I’m also involved in several organizations:
- University of North Texas: I’m currently on the Dean’s Advisory Board of the College of Business, the Department of Information Technology and Decision Sciences in the College of Business, and the Advisory Board for the Department of Technical Communication in the College of Arts & Sciences. I like what UNT did for me, does for the region… and beyond.
- International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners: I have been involved in the Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter of IAMCP for nearly a decade. I was on the board for six years and served as President for two of those. I have also served as a board member and Secretary for the United States Board of the IAMCP. Currently, I serve only as the Advocacy Committee Chairperson on the US Board, working to represent technology policy initiatives that are of concern to firms that are Microsoft Partners. I’m becoming a policy wonk, especially as it relates to IP theft, K-12 STEM education, and skilled immigration. (I’ve got a long way to go before I have an opinion that matters.)
- Cambridge School of Dallas: I joined the CSD Board of Trustees in 2013, and my family is passionate about their mission and supporting the wonderful faculty and staff who serve my family and the community there.
There are lots of other organizations that my family and I are passionate about, including Brother Bill’s Helping Hand, International Justice Mission, Union Gospel Mission, World Affairs Council, Mission of Hope (Haiti,) Samaritan’s’ Purse, and others that focus on connecting people to improve lives of those less fortunate and without hope.
You can also see Marc’s bio on the Cogent Company site or follow him…
Or, you can reach him by email at marc.hoppers (a) cogentcompany.com.