Welcome to our Valor Employee Spotlight series! In this edition, we’re thrilled to introduce Pam Presswood, Chief Information Officer (CIO). Pam is a vital member of the Valor family and we can’t wait for you to learn more about her!
Background and Experience
Pam graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. with honors in Computer Science and earned a letter in varsity fast-pitch softball. She has 40 years of dedicated experience in information technologies, having executed multiple highly successful systems and financial application software conversions. Prior to joining Valor, Pam most recently served as the Vice President of Information Systems for Luther King Capital Management, a leading financial and investment services firm with multiple offices in Texas, serving high-net-worth individuals, institutions, foundations, and trusts. She spent over 25 years with the company, first at the director level, before eventually being promoted to the vice-presidential position. Pam also served IBM for eight years. Early on in Pam’s career, she earned an IBM Sales and Marketing Excellence award and completed IBM’s Transformational Leadership Program. Pam still maintains a plaque from IBM with a one-dollar bill commemorating her “First Billable Dollar Fort Worth/West Texas” region when IBM changed from a product manufacturer to a service provider. From that time on, she worked for IBM and as an independent consultant to solve customer’s systems, data, and information processing needs, delivering tailored professional services and focused customized solutions.
Role at Valor
Following her retirement from LKCM in August 2021, she took the unique opportunity to come out of retirement to join Valor as CIO. During her tenure, she has been instrumental in leading efforts to ensure the technology, IT processes and systems support the unprecedented growth of the company. In 2023 alone, she pioneered a SOC 1 Type II for Valor. In her day-to-day role, Pam designs, deploys and manages the strategic systems infrastructure for Valor. She also oversees the systems architecture, operations, and implementation of business applications as the company continues to expand exponentially. She is involved in various cybersecurity measures and works to ensure that Valor’s proprietary mineral management software, mineral.tech® is secure and optimized.
Outside the Office
- Pam is a founding member of the Women Steering Business, a civic-minded nonprofit dedicated to the development and mentorship of the next generation of female business leaders in Fort Worth. Since 2013, the organization has been funding livestock sales from young women who use the proceeds to advance their own education and vocational opportunities. To date it is the second largest sponsor of the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo and the Junior Sale of Champions, and this year will surpass 2 million dollars in total contributions. In addition to Women Steering Business, Pam was previously a member of the mentor program through Cassata High School in Fort Worth, where she served as a volunteer supporter for fundraising efforts. Pam additionally sat on the Keller Athletic Board, where she helped with fundraising and sports media guides for 5 years. Pam is married and has three children and two grandchildren. She finds immense joy in spending quality time with her grandchildren and taking them around Fort Worth to see all it has to offer!
Pam has unique hobbies that include a small vineyard where she and her husband grow and process grapes to make their own wine. She also is certified as a Level 1 Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas. In her free time, she loves to enjoy a glass of wine and can often be found snacking on micro-greens that she grows herself!
What Pam Loves Most About Valor
“Valor has provided me with exciting opportunities to learn new technology and to contribute my previous experiences for the success of the business. I thrive in the culture at Valor and I am thrilled to have had this opportunity to meet and work with a fantastic team.” – Pam Presswood
Pam is a remarkable example of the talent we have here at Valor. Stay tuned for more employee spotlights to learn about the incredible individuals who make Valor a great place to work!