Distinguished Speaker Series

The College of Business Distinguished Speaker Series provides students and faculty with an opportunity to interact with prominent executives and community leaders. It offers students first-hand information about the complexities of the business world, while inspiring them to seek new ways to meet the challenges of tomorrow. Speakers share their views about successful management styles, possible career paths, critical industry-related issues, and qualities conducive to successful business leadership. These lectures seek to enhance the educational experience of students in the College of Business while showcasing programs, faculty, and students to the international business community.

Distinguished Speaker Series

Featuring: Rich Gius

Date: March 24, 2017
Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Location: UNT Union, Room# 385

Chief Information Officer
Atmos Energy Corporation

Rich earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Northern Illinois University and a M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.

Rich joined Atmos Energy Corporation in October of 2007 as CIO. He is responsible for leading Atmos' enterprise-wide information technology strategy, architecture, project delivery and operations execution, focusing on the company’s vision to be the safest provider of natural gas services as well as being recognized for exceptional customer service, being a great employer and for achieving superior financial results.

Atmos Energy Corporation, headquartered in Dallas, is the country's largest natural-gas-only distributor, serving over three million natural gas distribution customers in over 1,400 communities in eight states from the Blue Ridge Mountains in the East to the Rocky Mountains in the West. Atmos Energy also manages company-owned natural gas pipeline and storage assets, including one of the largest intrastate natural gas pipeline systems in Texas.

Before joining Atmos Energy Corporation in 2007, Rich spent 25 years working in the healthcare industry at Cardinal Health, Allegiance Healthcare, and Baxter International.

Rich is a member of the American Gas Association’s Technology Advisory Council, Southern Gas Association’s IT Committee, Samsung's Executive Advisory Board and AT&T’s Energy Advisory Council. He also sits on the advisory board of University of North Texas’ College of Business’ Information Technology & Decision Sciences and is a member of the University of Oklahoma’s Center for Management Information Systems Studies (CMISS).