When Joyce Pingel began looking for experts to help the Holt Group of Companies integrate its technology, she saw an opportunity.
Pingle, chief information officer and head of digital innovation at Hult, has discovered many companies that offer systems integration and create and manage processes that integrate the different technologies that companies use to run their businesses. But Pingel saw a distinct lack of people who also had extensive experience in the industrial sector.
She brought her “great moment” to Holt’s leadership and was encouraged to pursue what she became.A revelation for industrial technologies, launched in January 2022. Holt’s companies include Holt Cat, one of the nation’s largest Caterpillar dealer networks; Holt Manufacturing; Get Renewable Energy; And other. The Holt family is also the majority owner of the San Antonio Spurs.
On Tuesday, Epiphany held an open house at its newly renovated headquarters on Southeast Military Drive, next to the future home of the San Antonio Arboretum and less than three miles from the $24 million Holt headquarters, completed in 2017.
The building was 13,000 square meterspreviously Incarnate Word University Professional Golf Management Center. Today, the green has been replaced with pickleball courts and an outdoor kitchen. Inside, a spacious kitchen, gym and bright communal work areas welcome both new employees and future clients.
Mayor Ron Nirenberg joined Holt CEO Peter J. Holt; Corinna Holt Richter, President and CEO of Holt; Councilwoman Phyllis Viagran (D3); and her sister Rebecca Viagran, a former board member who is now president and CEO of the South Texas Business Partnership (formerly the South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce), at the open house.
In his remarks, Pingle described systems integrators as being comparable to general contractors; Epiphany will ultimately serve industrial customers in construction, oil and gas, renewable energy and manufacturing, she said.
She later said the Holt family of companies was Epiphany’s first customer and helped them build the startup’s operations. Later this year, Epiphany will begin recruiting outside customers, including other Caterpillar dealers, she said.
Pingel initially managed A.J.Team of three – herself, VP of Solutions Engineering Dino Mathai and VP of Solutions Delivery David Cash – to form the company. She added that she now has 15 employees and hopes to double that number by the end of 2023.
“We are creating high-skilled, high-tech jobs on the South Side,” she said to applause from a crowd of South Side business leaders, elected officials and supporters.
According to its website, the company is hiring for positions such as solutions architects, data integration engineers and senior Salesforce developers. By filling its leadership positions, Epiphany also hopes to expand opportunities for new graduates and interns to “fill the anticipated numbers,” Mathai said.
He admitted that it was difficult to hire locally and that expanding the national search helped build the company’s leadership team. A remote and partially hybrid workforce is the reality, Mathai said, but he hopes the new headquarters’ amenities will help attract workers to San Antonio.
But Cash said, “We like to hire people locally, things change, things get better.”
Access to a qualified workforce and the ability to attract and retain talent are top priorities for the South Texas Business Partnership, Rebecca Viagran said. The former Southside Chamber, which merged with the West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce in 2020, now considers not just the Southside but all of South Texas as its service area.
San Antonio’s economic center is “continuously moving south,” Nirenberg said. “The amenities on the south side should not be overrated.”
Peter Holt said his company was “thrilled to be part of” the South Side’s growth and praised Pingle’s vision.
“When new ideas arise, we walk through the door together,” he said.