Gary Dowdy is an award-winning technology executive with experience in innovation, e-commerce, digital marketing, software development, systems integration, business development and strategic planning from start-ups to Fortune 20.
As Head of Innovation and Disruptive Technology at J.B. Hunt, Mr. Dowdy is responsible for systems and partnerships to advance the company’s digital prowess and transformation to a technology driven provider of innovative supply chain solutions.
Gary has a strong entrepreneurial track record. From 1988 to 1997, he was co-founder and president of two technology companies specializing in the automation of distribution centers and creation of software development products. In 1993, he received the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, presented by the United States Small Business Administration. From 1998 to 2008, Gary held numerous technology, e-commerce and marketing roles at the executive level at Cardinal Health (Fortune 19) in Chicago, Illinois and Columbus, Ohio. Since 2008, Mr. Dowdy has been a consultant and executive at four startup companies, one of which recently sold for $187 million.
Mr. Dowdy teaches an Internet MBA course at the University of Arkansas, Walton College of Business. He serves on the boards of the Arkansas Academy of Computing, Mid-America Science Museum and Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and Arts. Gary also serves on the Governor Hutchinson’s Task Force for the Computer Science Initiative and is a member of the Arkansas Executive Forum.
He received a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science from the University of Arkansas and an MBA from the Krannert School of Business at Purdue University.