Arledge has his head in ‘The Cloud’

By William Haynes

Kevin Arledge has worked as a global cloud business development manager, an optimization consultant, and an interface consultant.

His successful career in the software industry began as a mathematics and computer science major at Oklahoma Christian University.

During his time at OC, this 1992 grad experienced numerous formative events that would positively affect his future career.

OC’s Christian atmosphere contributed greatly to Kevin’s spiritual growth. Relationships and friendships from that time have remained throughout his life. Faculty like Professor of Physical Education Max Dobson were said to have made a special difference in his life.

“As a representative of the school, he’s the kind of person we want: a person of good character, intelligent, a respectable employee, and just a good citizen. He’s really living a lifestyle of positive character.” Don Leftwich

Don Leftwich, chair of OC’s Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, described Kevin as an excellent student who always wanted to learn.

“Kevin was self-motivated and self-sufficient. I hope I provided some spark in Kevin’s life,” Leftwich said. “As a representative of the school, he’s the kind of person we want: a person of good character, intelligent, a respectable employee, and just a good citizen. He’s really living a lifestyle of positive character.”

Kevin also had noteworthy athletic skills. In soccer, Kevin was District 9 player of the year twice during his OC years.

One of the most profound events of Kevin’s OC days was meeting his future wife, Carrie Jane (Hicks). They now have four children: Morgan (17), Vivian (15), Holden (13), and Ellie (5).

“Kevin was smart, athletic, funny and personable,” Carrie said. “We balance each other well. Some of my strengths are his weaknesses, and vice-versa.”

Kevin currently serves as a solutions consultant at Kronos, Inc., a Boston-based software company. He works with the company sales team to position and construct solutions for professional services, education, and cloud computing.

Prior to Kronos, Inc., Kevin built applications for viaLink, Sprint and Applied Intelligence Group. These jobs required a variety of developmental languages, including: C, C++, Smalltalk and other net technologies.

His OC degree gave him the critical skills and foundation needed for employment. The early jobs led Kevin into the niche market, which led to bigger opportunities.

“The key to my success has been a lot of hard work, honesty, integrity, and a good wife! And God’s touch, of course,” Kevin said.

Other helping hands on Kevin’s path to success were the connections and experiences he gained from OC. His first job came from another OC alumnus that hired him.

“Every job [I had] was because of someone I knew,” Kevin said. “My greatest challenge was trying to switch careers without experience – being underestimated because of my lack of experience and having to prove myself.”

On a personal level, Kevin explained how faith influenced his life.

“I grew up Catholic – knowing God is present, finding the line between being a good-old boy and a Christian,” Kevin said. “I like to make people happy. I like to do the right thing. If something doesn’t feel right, it isn’t right.”

He believes everything in his OC days had a purpose and reason chosen by God. He encourages current OC students to follow their God-given passion.

“Find something you really enjoy doing, something that gives you the time and lifestyle you want,” he said. “Bust your butt and go beyond what’s expected of you.”