Collins Andrews

Collins Andrews began his 40-year career as an engineer and evolved through technical, management and executive roles to become a significant contributor to some of the country’s fastest-growing companies. Along the way he created a startup manufacturing business, had a long career with a successful information technology company and provided significant support for the careers of hundreds of professionals.

In his 21 year career with Systematics (now FIS) and Alltel Information Services he advanced from a programmer trainee to the President of the 3000 employee Financial Services Division. He served as an executive for Acxiom Corporation and the ESI Group, both rapidly growing technology oriented companies. He currently serves on the board of Lindsey Software Systems, a Little Rock based software company.

His first book, Listen to Your Work: Job-Active Advice From a Battle-Scarred Mentor was published in April, 2009 by Parkhurst Brothers, Inc. from Little Rock, Arkansas. Listen to Your Work is a mentoring book, targeted to young professionals, students, and people going through job changes of any kind.

He is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University. He earned a master’s degree in industrial administration from Purdue University and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt.

Always mindful of the value of education in business, Collins has been a state pioneer in a number of efforts to link academia with the business community. He was a founding member of both the Knowledge Based Companies of Arkansas and the Arkansas Society for Computer and Information Technology. He served for 10 years on the curriculum advisory board of the Computer Information Systems Department of the Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He is an active, 20 year member of the Arkansas Executive Forum and serves as its Associate Director. He is a 2008 inductee of the Arkansas Academy of Computing and a former President. He is currently the Treasurer of the Arkansas STEM Coalition.

Collins lives in Little Rock with his wife Jeannie and has been known to water ski with both hands tied behind his back. We don't ask how he does it—we just accept it as the truth.

Advice to entrepreneurs: Know your audience—your dedication and enthusiasm are obvious and respected, but you must be careful to understand your audience well enough to communicate in a manner that will reach them in a way they can understand