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Joanne Corum, Master of Construction and IT

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Joanne Corum works in the business of lumber and building materials, yet she is a master of a different type of construction. Architecting and constructing on the IT level, Joanne Corum is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at McCoy’s Building Supply. Corum is this week’s guest of Humanizing Software, where we explore the concept of technology and people.

Joanne is a respected leader of the Austin IT community with over 20 years of industry experience leading global teams across multiple industries.

Since the beginning of her career, Corum has successfully implemented complex IT solutions to deliver value to a business, project, or customer even in the most complex quandaries. After receiving a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, Corum joined IBM Global Services as an IT Architect. Over the duration of nine years, she was responsible for major projects with multi-million budgets. Two notable responsibilities include managing a $12+ million project focusing on a crash record information system created in collaboration with the State of Texas and another $30 million high-profile divestiture project as the World Wide IT Project manager.

By diversifing her career with several IT Architect projects across multiple industries, Corum has executed her strategy as an original decision-maker and problem solver through innovative strategies using technology and software.

She went on to work at Applied Materials, a leader in materials engineering & manufacturer of semiconductors, first as the Director of Technology and Vendor Services and later as the Senior Director of the Collaboration & Innovation Competency Center.  In the first year as the Director of Technology and Vendor Services, she merged Applied Material’s 17 separate IT applications into one joint global structure. Corum then managed a $100+ million budget for support services and led the implementation of SaaS/ Cloud governance products such as Kronos, Walker, Workday, and many more.

As the Senior Director of the Collaboration & Innovation Competency Center, Joanne built a global, enterprise-wide collaboration and knowledge management solution using Microsoft SharePoint. Her expertise and leadership saved Applied Materials multi-millions in savings and productivity gains. Notably, she also built a mobile application team and managed their development of mobile apps. 

From Semiconductors to Lumber & Building Materials

In 2016, she joined McCoy’s Building Supply team, a fourth-generation, family-owned business founded in 1927. McCoy’s supplies lumber, building materials, roofing supplies, and farm & ranch equipment across 87 stores in Texas, New Mexico, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. Within the building supplies industry, McCoy’s is one of the largest family-owned businesses. 

Overseeing the company’s information services, marketing, and pricing departments Corum is responsible for providing strategic business solutions to McCoy’s customers and team members.  

The skillfulness with which Corum has merged technology with the customer experience, consolidated, and integrated systems and processes have led to her recognition as an IT leader. Joanne was named the 2020 Austin IT Executive of the Year by Innotech and the Society for Information Management (SIM) Austin Chapter.

We are so proud of Joanne, and she is incredibly deserving of this award,” said Meagan McCoy Jones, President, and Chief Operating Officer. “She made us an even stronger company when she joined McCoy’s, showing us how technology is a business tool that can make our lives better and improve our customer’s lives as well.”  

McCoy’s Buidling Supply Press Release

Collaboration, customer interaction, and experience using technology have always been at the forefront of Joanne’s work across her entire career. Problem-solving her way through projects, Joanne understands the importance of technology inside out and knows just how to successfully implement it with business.

Catch the September 14th Livecast episode with guest Joanne Corum and host Andrew Tull on their conversation about human-driven technology on Humanizing Software! 

Watch Humanizing Software Ep 3. with Joanne Corum!

Meet the Author

Anahit Poturyan

Anahit Poturyan is a writer, art educator, and digital marketer based in LA with a strong focus on technology, research, history, and culture. She received her B.A. in English Literature and an Art History minor from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and an M.A. in Aesthetics and Politics from the California Institute of Art (CalArts). She has worked at the Peggy Guggenheim in Venice, Italy; the 58th Venice Biennale, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Hammer Museum, Artbook @Hauser & Wirth, and Otis College of Art and Design. She has lectured at numerous conferences across the world, such as the Nordic Summer University in Faro, Sweden, and the Western University of Australia, Perth, Australia. Her writings have appeared in the LA Review of Books, MediaTech Ventures, Whitehot Magazine, among others.

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