CONSCIOUS CAPITALISM: Its Ongoing Impact on Business
Curtis A. Hite is CEO and Chairman of Improving Holdings, LLC (Improving), a technology management and consulting services firm with offices in Canada, Ohio, Texas and Minnesota.
He holds B.S and M.S. degrees from Texas A&M University, where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets, serving as commanding officer of Squadron 6. He graduated in 1994, and 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 acquired Improving Enterprises.
The company has been blessed with continued growth since then — including recognition by Inc. 500/5000 as one of the fastest growing private companies in the United States for nine consecutive years. Improving has also received more than 30 recognitions as one of the best places to work in the U.S. by Inc. Magazine, Columbus Business First, Texas Monthly, and the Minneapolis Business Journal.
In 2007, Texas A&M’s Department of Computer Science honored Curtis as a CSE Distinguished Former Student. In 2013, he received the inaugural Outstanding Early Professional Achievement Alumni Honor Award from the Dwight Look College of Engineering. Curtis was a founding member of the North Texas Chapter of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) in 2003, and has been a member of the Columbus Chapter since 2015.