Yogi Yeager began his technology career working at Curtis Hill Publishing in Austin. The organization was the first in Texas to digitize Texas case law and publish it on a CD. Starting out in sales, Yeager was able to show considerable technical skills and was moved into management. Yeager was serving as Executive Vice President when the company was sold to Matthew Bender®. Mr. Yeager then returned home to Dallas, where he grew up, and launched Bear Technologies® Corporation. Yeager’s first customer was Brice Foods, parent company of the “I Can’t Believe It’s Yogurt” brand. Bill Brice, impressed with Yeager, hired Bear Technologies to migrate his company’s main frame system to a Windows based IP network with approximately 150 users.
Mr. Yeager’s vision for Bear was to create an organization offering enterprise level services to small and medium sized businesses within his community. His unique approach to servicing his clients meant creating a single contact for all of an organization’s IT needs and eliminating the frustration in dealing with multiple vendors when a problem occurred. To that end, Mr. Yeager built his own private IP network allowing for unique and expanded capabilities. Later, after creating a Tier 3 data center with colocation services, Yeager started exploring cloud services and launched his first cloud solutions in 2012 operating within his wholly owned network. 2012 also marked the year that he successfully completed the transition from a break-fix model to a managed service provider. Yeager was recognized by Cisco for his work with small and medium sized businesses and invited to serve as a founding member of the Cisco Small Business Executive Exchange. His tenure on the Board from 2008 until he rotated off in 2012, allowed him to help improve Cisco products for the small and medium sized business.
When not working at Bear, Mr. Yeager enjoys spending time with his wife Stephanie, visiting his recently married son Trey and wife Gill, as well as supporting his step-son Brendon serving in the United States Marines. He has been a season ticket holder of Dallas Stars tickets for twelve years and enjoys mountain bike riding and skiing whenever he can.
Chuck Cannon joined Bear Technologies® Corporation in 1996 as the second employee of the organization. Mr. Cannon currently serves the organization as Vice President of Operations. Responsibilities include facilities management, customer service, vendor management, purchasing, inside sales, and technical support.
Prior to joining Bear Technologies Corporation, Mr. Cannon held management positions in residential CATV installation, warehousing and distribution, and food service. Previous technical experience includes freelance technical support with the Dallas County Community College District and several small businesses in North Texas.
Mr. Cannon studied Electronics and Computer Technology at Eastfield Community College and pursued his initial Microsoft Engineering training at the Richardson Southern Methodist University SEAS campus.
Mr. Cannon enjoys spending time with his wife, Terrie, and his two daughters Sarah and Elyssa. Mr. Cannon has several avocations, two of which are amateur photography of his daughter’s dance team, and watching horror films. In May of each year, Mr. Cannon can be found at the Texas Frightmare weekend.
Mike Sanderson currently holds the position of Vice President of Services as well as Bear Technologies® Corporation’s lead networking engineer, a position he has held since 2012. However, Mr. Sanderson began his career with Bear Technologies in 2007 as a Field Installer. In this initial stage of his technical career, Mr. Sanderson installed wireless radio frequency internet connections and served as a first level technical support for the organization.
Sanderson demonstrated a strong aptitude for network engineering and began learning advanced networking on the job as well as through the pursuit of various technical certifications. In 2010, he was promoted to Internet Services Manager where he was charged with implementing and monitoring customer internet connections as well as managing the technical support team. In 2012, Bear Technologies transitioned to a Managed Service Provider and Mr. Sanderson was then promoted to the position he holds today, Vice President of Services.
Mr. Sanderson specializes in network solutions that involve Cisco, EMC and VMware technologies. To date, he has implemented over seventy-five networks ranging in size from ten to one hundred and fifty users. His leadership, high standards for customer service and overall technical expertise allow him to pull on best practices to fulfill Bear’s vision of building truly customized solutions for each customer.
Sanderson is happily married to his wife Michelle of 16 years and is father to two wonderful children James and Marshall. He enjoys playing sports with his sons, supporting the Dallas Mavericks and enjoying quiet time with the family.
Abigail Smith joined Bear Technologies® Corporation in May of 2016 as the Vice President of Communications. She leads the organization’s marketing and implementation strategies as well as handling account management.
Prior to joining the Bear Technologies team, she held several leadership positions at Southern Methodist University over her nine-year tenure. While at SMU, Smith was instrumental in launching the Masters in International Arts Management degree program, the National Center for Arts Research, and increasing minor undergraduate enrollments in the Art Management department. In her prior position with SMU, Mrs. Smith was able to market and grow the distance and military enrollments within the engineering school and create long-term relationships throughout the country. While at SMU, Smith served eight years on the Staff Association Executive Board where she advocated for staff and produced programming and recognition events.
Mrs. Smith has a passion for process improvement, quality metrics, and customer service. When not working, she enjoys reading comics, watching movies and spending time with close friends and family.