why we started this business
McWhorter Technologies has been a dream of owner Lee McWhorter since he was "knee-high to a grasshopper". His love of technology sprouted from the original Pong video game system his parents bought the family for their TV and grew to fruition with the Commodore VIC-20 computer he received as a sophomore in high school. He taught himself how to program in BASIC and technology became a central part of his life. In college, he was exposed to the Internet and was completely fascinated by its potential.
After obtaining his MBA, he started his own business and technical consulting firm. Two years later, he moved to New Orleans and began teaching computer information systems (CIS) at the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. It was at Tulane where his interest in web development really blossomed as he began to use the technology to support his classes and build websites for private clients. Two years later, he was presented with a dual opportunity. He was presented with an offer to design a training certification program for a database company in Austin, Texas.
Additionally, he was offered the opportunity to continue teaching at Tulane via the Internet. He accepted both and taught Tulane's first online, fully accredited course for Tulane's University College. Beyond his ten years with Tulane, both onsite and online, he has also taught for other universities and institutions including Midwestern State University and ITT. He has taught courses in a wide ranges of areas including business, economics and computer technologies, programming and security.
Next, he was recruited during the Dot Com days to help launch the U.S. operations of a Swiss web-based education company as their Vice President of Operations. He built custom education programs for companies such as Volkswagon and Stamps.com. At the end of the Dot Com era, he and the nucleus of his team joined Persidea, Inc., a marketing communications company where he became the COO / EVP and headed all technical and production operations. Under his direction, Persidea was consistently ranked highly for ten years in the Austin Business Journal's Book of Lists for web designers / developers. During his tenure, he and his team developed websites and web-based training programs for Dell, Motorola, and Austin Relocation Guide, as well as hundreds of other businesses large and small.
As technology evolved, he and his team began to offer new services such as digital publishing, mobile application development and IT support and security. When Persidea closed its doors in late 2010, Lee decided to realize his long standing dream of launching McWhorter Technologies. Nearly all of Persidea's technical clients chose to be initial launch clients for his new venture and remain clients to this day, filling him with pride and gratitude. He is excited about seeing the technology advances of the next few decades and looks forward to helping his clients get the most benefit from the best technologies available now and in the future.