Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Rick Smith founded Imagine Solutions in 1998 with the vision of providing clients 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 compelling cost savings and significant improvements in business processes and workflow.
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 revenue in his division 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.
Darrell Royal joined Imagine Solutions in 2010 and was named President of the company in 2017. His focus is on understanding where Imagine Solutions’ capabilities can be most fully engaged to drive value for our clients, and then aligning our products, solutions, and strategic investments accordingly.
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 provide data storage solutions into vertical markets being transformed by digitization, 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 deposit analytics services to banks.
Mr. Royal received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Baylor University.
Founder and Chief Operating Officer
Jason Bair is a founding member of Imagine Solutions and its Chief Operating Officer, with leadership responsibilities focused primarily on technology and project delivery. Mr. Bair conceived and led development of Imagine’s Encapture® product – one of the industry’s first true enterprise-class distributed capture platforms – which is now in implemented in major financial institutions across North America.
He and his team also developed the Imagine Solutions Project Delivery Methodology (ISPDM), incorporating best practices from several leading project methodologies in a hybrid, integrated approach tailored to the unique dynamics of our business automation engagements. ISPDM is constantly being refined to ensure innovative, value-based solution design, strong client engagement, rapid solution prototyping and review, adherence to rigorous architectural standards, and predictability and repeatability in project execution.
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 bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in Business Computer Systems and a bachelor’s degree in Accountancy from New Mexico State University.