Chris Andrews is the Vice President of Information Technology for On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina. 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. His motivation to earn his accounting degree was fueled by his experience in public accounting and his desire to have an excellent understanding of the business’ numbers.
Since joining On The Border in August of 2010 he has led the technology transition from Brinker International for all corporate and restaurant services. In under a year, he helped craft a transition project plan that involved 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. In the years since the transition, Chris and his team have been focused on Business Intelligence, Business Process Improvement, CRM and PCI. Chris also dedicates time as a board member for the DFW SIM Chapter, UTA Accounting Advisory Board and the NCR Aloha Advisory Board.
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 CFO Magazine’s CFO Rising East conference, Pervasive Software’s IntegratioNEXT 9, InfoTech Dallas as well as multiple governance/risk management/compliance presentations to students at LSU and UTA.