Alese has 25+ years of experience in technology, banking, real estate development and other entrepreneurial adventures. She is a veteran of Little Rock’s uber tech startup – Systematics’, where she helped develop software now used by many of the world’s largest banks. Her first degree was in commercial art and her second in data processing. She claims to have read IBM systems manuals for fun back in the days when Assembler was the “hot” programming language. Alese started “The Stroud Group” back in ’98 and has since been traveling the country sharing her project management and technology skills with financial institutions like Chase, Citibank, American Express, Whitney, Signature and People’s Heritage. She spent most of 1999 in St. Thomas helping an island bank gain their Y2K certification. Her next client was a startup bank in NYC where she helped install the original software base. This client quickly grew to 18 billion in deposits over the next 14 years. Her next professional adventure was to manage the testing effort for the first rollout of an online account original system for a major international credit card corporation. Along the way, she has developed significant expertise in commercial account analysis and profitability.
When she is not running a project for one of her many clients, she is managing her real estate investments. Her investment company, Purple Moon Properties, currently specializes in self-storage facilities. Alese is a nationally certified self-storage management professional (CSSM) and has significant training in acquisition pricing and facility valuation. Alese also enjoys painting. You will find her canvasses hanging in local businesses like offices of the Rotary Club of Little Rock or Southwest Power Pool. Alese serves on the boards of Leadership Greater Little Rock, The Arkansas Academy of Computing and the Rotary Club of Little Rock.
Alese is married to Doug Stroud, her partner in Stroud Consulting and a member of the Arkansas Softball Hall of Fame. Her daughter, Jessica Johnston-Myers (director of training and career development at Keller Williams) and Ken Myers (project manager with LPS) live in Little Rock along with grandson, Beckett.