Austin Lighthouse for the Blind Names Alonso Perales Vice President, Business Innovation

 

Using technology to help serve the blind and visually impaired in this city or wherever the need.

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Al Perales, VP of Business Innovation

AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 9, 2020  Jim Meehan, president and CEO, Austin Lighthouse for the Blind, announced that Alonso Perales has been promoted to Vice President, Business Innovation, from his previous role as Director of Information Systems. He will oversee information technology, government and enterprise sales, retail services, business development, and training for this not-for-profit organization, headquartered in Austin, Texas.

The organization provides warehousing, manufacturing, low vision products, and training and employment services to the greater Austin area and employs approximately 450 blind, visually impaired, deafblind and sighted persons.

Perales says his personal and professional mission is to “Deliver infrastructure so that Austin Lighthouse can achieve its mission to the blind and visually impaired, in this city and wherever there is a need.”

In addition to his expertise in information technology, Perales brings a wealth of strategic business experience to this role that he developed during his tenure at some of the biggest technology enterprises in the United States,” said Meehan.

Perales joined the organization officially November 5, 2019, a position he was offered after serving in a 6-month consulting role to the CEO.  He reviewed the organization’s IT organization, network, software and hardware, and was able to reduce costs, and improve IT capability within the organization via technology upgrades, migration to Azure Cloud and installing cyber security protocols.

Perales is a native of San Antonio, Texas, and spent most of his career working for both IBM and Microsoft before retiring in 2000.  After a brief sabbatical, Perales formed a successful consulting practice focused on improving IT operational efficiencies, most recently as the interim CIO for the State of Kansas and returning to Microsoft overseeing 20 Microsoft Corporation data centers located in San Antonio. Perales is a veteran of the United States Navy. He and his wife Karen have three adult children and reside in San Antonio, Texas.

Travis Association for the Blind (aka Austin Lighthouse), headquartered in Austin, Texas, has been serving the needs of the blind and visually impaired community of Travis County and surrounding areas since 1934. The Lighthouse’s mission is to enhance the opportunities for economic and personal independence of people who are blind or visually impaired by creating, sustaining and improving employment.

A 501(c3) nonprofit organization, the Lighthouse does this in several different settings, including warehousing and distribution facilities, manufacturing and repair facilities, assembly operations, bottling operations, custodial, retail and vending operations.

By leveraging technology and automation, the Lighthouse employs over 240 people who are legally blind to make the products and provide the services required by their customers. The Lighthouse also works with area business and community partners to assist with developing vocational and independent living skills.

 

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