Chris Andrews is the Chief Information Officer at Smoothie King. Immediately prior he was Vice President of Information Technology at Pei Wei Asian Diner. Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Texas Wesleyan University as well as a Master’s in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Chris started his career with his family’s Dallas based IT outsourcing company before transitioning to consulting at KPMG and Grant Thornton. Since leaving consulting, Chris has held the top IT position as well as senior leadership roles with several Dallas companies. Previously at On The Border, Chris led the technology transition from Brinker International for all corporate and restaurant services. In under a year, he and his team helped transition all telecom, wide area network, point of sale software/hardware, corporate infrastructure and supporting applications. His approach included a leveraged blend of outsourcers/contractors, cloud services, in-house infrastructure and SAAS.
Throughout his career, he has had the opportunity to work in a variety of verticals and has been exposed to a wide array of technology solutions and architecture. His work experience has included IT effectiveness reviews, security penetration testing, data warehouse design, bankruptcy turn-around and IT governance reviews. Chris has presented at MURTEC, Pervasive Software’s IntegratioNEXT 9, InnoTech Dallas as well as multiple governance/risk management/compliance presentations to students at LSU and UTA.