GCR Inc. (GCR), a New Orleans-based public sector software and services firm, has promoted Matt Blakely to Chief Technology Officer. Blakely founded and served as CEO of MB3, a grants management software company acquired by GCR in 2018.
Through MB3, Blakely helped communities recover from large-scale disasters by building software to manage the distribution of billions of dollars in government grants. Its rapid growth since 2005 can be credited to Blakely’s focus on a value-driven culture, one he writes about in his book, “Empower Then Lead.” After MB3 was acquired, the connection between culture and technology excellence was highlighted as a strength that could be leveraged across all other divisions of GCR.
“We saw a need for a visionary in the role of CTO,” said Tom Amburgey, CEO of GCR. “Someone who could bring standardization, big ideas, and sound technology strategies while empowering leadership, enhancing communication, and developing a healthy corporate culture. Matt is passionate about these goals, and that kind of passion is what we need to bring about positive change in 2020.”
Blakely adds, “I am excited to bring fresh perspectives to GCR and be a part of the company during a key phase of growth. I will be strategic about investing in our products, leveraging best practices and technology across the organization, while helping establish a unified team culture that prepares us for success.”
In his new role, Blakely will tackle cultural norms across divisions with the immediate goal of minimizing distractions inherent in larger corporations, allowing technology teams to focus on what makes them most successful and achieves the largest impact.
GCR improves, expedites, and digitally transforms public sector offerings in the areas of grants management, critical infrastructure, land and facilities management, elections, and government business services. Together with its subsidiaries, PCC Technology Inc. and MB3, GCR is recognized as one of the top government technology and service providers in the country.