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For the 34th episode, please join us as we sit down with Rick Piña to talk about “Leveling Up” your career. In 2020, he was recognized by HITEC as one of the 100 most influential Hispanic leaders in technology.

Career Communications Group’s High-Tech Sunday showcases talent in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through the lens of spiritual philosophies.

Rick Piña joined World Wide Technology, a technology services provider based in St. Louis, MO, in 2015, after serving in the U.S. Army for 25 years. His culminating assignment in the Army was as chief technology officer (CTO), the principal technical advisor to the Army Chief Information Officer (CIO).

Piña is a Distinguished Member of the U.S. Army Signal Regiment and a recipient of the Signal Corps Regimental Association’s Silver Order of Mercury Award. He is currently a member of the board of a non-profit dedicated to preserving the history of Army communications. Piña earned an M.B.A. and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Trident University.

As chief technology advisor for the public sector at World Wide Technology (WWT), Piña leads a technology and innovation group comprised of former chief information officers (CIOs), chief technology officers (CTOs), chief information security officers (CISOs), and senior vice presidents (SVPs). The team engages with customers on strategy, innovation, and transformation focused on outcomes at an enterprise scale.

Piña also leads WWT’s employee resource group: Hispanics Embracing Awareness and Racial/Ethnic Diversity (H.E.A.R.D.). ln 2020, Piña was recognized as one of the 100 most influential Hispanic leaders in technology by HITEC, an executive leadership organization of business and technology executives who have built outstanding careers in technology. In 2020, Piña was also recognized as one of FedScoop’s “Best Bosses in Federal IT” who play an instrumental role in working with federal agencies to provide the commercial technologies they use.

In addition, Piña leads a charitable organization that he co-founded with his wife. The Rick & Isabella Piña Ministries is dedicated to serving the underprivileged, with a special focus on the Caribbean.

High-Tech Sunday’s weekly program is produced by and for Career Communications Group’s community in STEM fields, thought leaders, and aspiring students, to bring a concentrated discussion around technological advancements and achievements based on universal moral principles.

The one-hour podcasts are streamed every Sunday. They can be accessed through Facebook and YouTube, ​in addition to Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.

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