Marcus Kerr joined the AARC as the new Vice President of IT. Kerr started in his new position on June 7. In this role Kerr will lead the rest of the IT team at the AARC and help implement new strategies to better support our members and staff.
“The AARC has an inspiring vision to advance professional excellence and science in the practice of respiratory therapy, serving the profession, patients, caregivers and the public that aligns perfectly with my personal mission of service to make a positive difference in the world through my actions with each person I encounter daily,” Kerr said. “The opportunity to use my talents in support of an organization that recognizes, advances and supports life savers — our members — excites me.”
Kerr comes to the AARC with an extensive career in IT and a drive to help the AARC be the best it can be.
“I have a drive for excellence, a desire to truly understand others’ perspectives, and broad experiences, from individual contributor to senior leadership, that allow me to see challenges and opportunities from multiple viewpoints,” Kerr said. “These attributes afford me the ability to design solutions that meet the needs of various stakeholder groups.”
Kerr is originally from South Texas and grew up in a family of educators.
“My father was a school superintendent, and my mother was an elementary school counselor,” Kerr said. “From a career perspective, I started down the technology path when I was a high school teacher and coach.”
Kerr would volunteer to go to every tech-related professional development offered in exchange for coming back and training his colleagues on what he learned. He loved it so much he decided to get his master’s degree and started to research and publish on the effective use of technology in education. He then moved into the technology field full time.
I started as a deskside technician, progressed up the career ladder and have spent the last 13 years in senior technology leadership roles,” Kerr said.
Most recently, Kerr worked as a senior director for a large aviation training company, managing all client-facing applications and instructional technologies and overseeing two Profit and Loss centers for the company. Prior to that, Kerr served a decade as Chief Information Officer at a regional university overseeing a full portfolio of technology services.
“I look forward to working with an exceptional team of talented individuals within AARC and using my knowledge, skills, and abilities to provide high-quality, member-focused technology services in support of AARC’s mission as the foremost professional association promoting respiratory therapists,” Kerr said.
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