Gerard was President and CEO and co-founder of Buildwave Technologies, Inc., a software firm that provided companies the ability to view, monitor, track, and analyze their event-logs. He and his partner sold Buildwave on July 31, 2009 to iWave Software, LLC.
Prior to starting Buildwave, Gerard was principal of Ibarra and Associates, a logistics systems engineering and marketing research consulting firm. He specialized in applying systems engineering methodologies to the logistics, supply chain management, and marketing fields. During this time, he has saved companies millions of dollars, helped improve operational efficiencies, and taken products from concept to market.
Previously, Gerard was the Vice-President of the Houston operations at Business Courier Service (BCS), Inc. His responsibilities included all facets of the operation, growth and vision of the company. Prior to that, he was the Director of Logistics and Marketing and responsible for the development and execution of all logistic and marketing strategies for the company. He complimented his responsibilities by building close and lasting relationships with the essential clients of the company.
From 1987 to 2000, Gerard held various manager positions in customer support, operations, and industrial engineering at United Parcel Service (UPS). During his final years, he was the Southwest Region’s Key Marketing Manager where he completed his tenure as the Operations Manager for one of their extended facilities.
Gerard holds a PhD in Applied Science from Southern Methodist University (SMU) with emphasis in Systems Engineering and Logistics. He teaches graduate courses in logistics systems engineering at SMU’s Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering, and supply chain management and e-Business at the University of Dallas’ Graduate School of Management. He also holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and M.S. in Systems Engineering from SMU. Gerard is able to conduct business in Spanish and is an active member of the International Council of Systems Engineering (INCOSE) North Texas Chapter.