Gary Lee is the chief information officer for Neighbors Bank. He is responsible for leading the information technology strategy and cyber security plan for this growing bank. Before joining the bank, Gary built the information technology team at Veterans United Home Loans including the proprietary software and systems that powered their explosive growth. As chief technology officer, Gary worked to provide a vision for how technology could give them a competitive advantage in offering the best service to customers and partners.
Before joining Veterans United Home Loans, Gary served as CTO at CARFAX, the leading provider of vehicle history information. Joining the company in 2002, Gary led company efforts to scale capacity in data center operations, product and database development as the company tripled in size over his tenure. He also spearheaded the development and execution of a technology roadmap focusing on agility and time to market. In addition, Gary helped drive CARFAX data quality and information security activities.
Prior to CARFAX, Gary had over 17 years of information technology experience with companies ranging in size from start-ups to very large multinationals. His business domain knowledge includes management information systems, finance, manufacturing, information products, direct marketing, and insurance.
Gary has served and continues to serve on advisory boards for software companies, universities, and industry partners. He also volunteers his time to community interests and various groups at his alma mater. Gary studied Computer Science at Purdue University and is a long-time resident of the Midwest. He has lived in Columbia, Missouri since 2002 and has two daughters. Gary enjoys the outdoors, music, and movies in addition to spending time with his family.
Mentor Statement: He enjoys working with start-ups to hopefully help them avoid some of the mistakes he made in his 30+ year career in information technology across various industries in companies of all sizes.