MCALLEN, RGV – McAllen Economic Development Corporation has created a new position within its ranks – director of business intelligence and development.

Justin Tudor has been hired to fill this role, MEDC President Keith Patridge announced, at a recent board meeting. 

Tudor was previously performance improvement specialist at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from UT-Rio Grande Valley and a Master’s degree in Business Administration & Management from the same university.

“One of the things we are seeing and all of us suffer under is, there is so much information and data out there, we are getting buried in it and we do not know what to do with it,” Patridge told the MEDC board. “We decided we would hire someone that would just focus on data and analysis.”

Patridge pointed out that things are changing so quickly in the world of economic development.

“How companies get their information, what information they need. What is important to them in a community. It is all data driven. So, in order for us to be at the same spot as the companies we are working are looking to work with, we thought we needed to bring someone in who would just focus on that.”

Another thing Tudor will look at, Patridge said, is strategic opportunities. 

“With this new trade agreement, we have some new potential opportunities we need to anticipate. How do we take advantage of them? What we need to do as a community?” Patridge said.

The new trade agreement Patridge was referring to was USMCA, the replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement.

“We are pleased Justin is here. He has hit the ground running. Because we are the first, we are making him available to other departments in the city. He is working on a project right now with the (McAllen) airport. He is coming up with some really interesting details and information that Liz was needing to help her grow in that arena. We are pleased to have him.”

Patridge was referring to Liz Suarez, director of aviation for the City of McAllen.

Interviewed after the MEDC board meeting, Patridge said Tudor’s analysis of data will benefit the whole community.

“It is all about understanding the data. We are producing so much data. For example, there is a new Google program which allows you to take any product and find out how many people have searched for it over a certain amount of time. All of that data is out there but what do you do with it?” Patridge asked.

“We feel like we have to get smarter because we are being buried in data. We are early at this. I think in the next five years, the No. 1 job in the country will be data analyst. People are going to need someone to make use of this data.”

On his Linked In page, Tudor says he is “an energetic, authentic, and compassionate Quality Improvement professional with leadership experience and certified Six Sigma Black Belt.”

He said his strengths include “project planning and execution, strategic and operational improvements, root cause analysis, and data driven decision-making.”

He added: “Being able to lead quality improvement projects is my passion. It’s the excitement of each project being unique and the ability to drive the customer and team experience.”

Tudor listed his strengths as:

  • Quality improvement methodologies: Six Sigma, Lean, Rapid Improvements
  • Creating and implementing accurate and reliable data collection systems
  • Program development and implementation using analytic measurements
  • Healthcare regulatory survey experience with TJC, CMS, and Quality Measures
  • Matrix environment team building and development

Tudor listed his key competencies as:

  • Results Driven
  • Building and Sustaining Collaborative Relationships
  • Persuading and Influencing
  • Data Management
  • Risk Management
  • Team Leadership
  • Change Management

Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above story shows Keith Patridge, president of McAllen EDC, and Justin Tudor, its new director of business intelligence and development.