Management Team

Rick Smith, Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Rick Smith founded Imagine Solutions in 1998 to bring companies an innovative, cost-effective way to take advantage of advances in digital imaging and content management. With his leadership, Imagine has built a solid reputation for rapidly delivering enormous cost savings and significant improvements in business processes and workflow.

Mr. Smith is a frequent speaker at ECM conferences and writes a regular column for clients on a variety of ideas, both practical and insightful, for making the most of imaging technology.

Early in his career, Mr. Smith built and managed large information systems with market leaders such as AT&T, Fidelity Investment, American Airlines and Sabre Computing Services. He designed the first contract management imaging system for Sabre and implemented the first FileNet enterprise content management system on the Windows platform. He built Intellifile, the first service bureau for digital document imaging services, for Lomas Financial Services which was ultimately acquired by Affiliated Computer Services (ACS), where Smith was responsible for increasing the division's revenue to eight figures within three years.

Committed to community involvement, Mr. Smith leads Imagine Solutions employees in regularly volunteering with and contributing to charities such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, The North Texas Food Bank, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and the Susan B. Komen Foundation.

He holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Management from Texas A&M University.

Jason Bair, Founder and Chief Operating Officer

Jason Bair is a founding member of Imagine Solutions and its Chief Technology Officer.

He is responsible for having architected and built one of the first distributed capture software products, Encapture®, currently installed in numerous financial institutions and other companies where it routinely reduces costs by 30% and more.

With more than 20 years of software development leadership, Mr. Bair sees his role at Imagine as providing a roadmap for IT executives seeking self-sufficiency in enterprise content management. He and his team deliver this roadmap through domain expertise in designing, implementing and supporting solutions built using IBM FileNet technologies, agile methodologies, SOA, and Web services.

Before helping found Imagine Solutions, Mr. Bair was a consultant with ARGO Data Resource Corporation and Affiliated Computer Systems, where he delivered technology projects in banking and enterprise content management.

Mr. Bair holds a bachelors degree in Business Administration in Business Computer Systems and a bachelor's degree in Accountancy from New Mexico State University.

Darrell Royal, President

Mr. Royal's experience in product management and strategy development for technology companies is extensive.  As senior vice president of the Solutions Business Group at StorageTek - a $2 billion data storage hardware and software provider acquired in 2005 by Sun Microsystems - Mr. Royal played a key role in expanding the company's focus to include vertical market solution sales, entering spaces such as healthcare, video broadcasting, and enterprise content management.  Mr. Royal and two colleagues from StorageTek secured venture capital backing to spin-out a nascent segment of StorageTek's services business and form ManagedStorage International, a hosted data storage services provider with resources eventually deployed in more than 30 internet data centers across the US and Europe.

Mr. Royal later led strategy and corporate development for Carreker Corporation, a publicly traded software and services provider of payments solutions, where he was instrumental in the company's sale in 2007 to CheckFree Corporation.  Mr. Royal also served as managing director of Profit Solutions for Sheshunoff Consulting + Technology, with responsibility for the company's software product lines and analytic services to banks.

Mr. Royal received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University.