Our Team

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Linda Tarrant

Linda Tarrant, Hexco President & CEO

Linda is the lady in charge at Hexco and initiates new product development, especially in spelling and computer applications products by working alongside Beth Bryant on a daily basis. Prior to founding Hexco more than 30 years ago, Linda served as a Systems Engineer for IBM working on large mainframe computers; she has a Bachelor of Arts from UT Austin. Linda has served as the State Director for the UIL Computer Applications contest for 25+ years, and has supported the North South Foundation and South Asian spelling competitions. Linda is the proud mother of the three Spelling Sisters who designed and inspired some of Hexco's early products and more proud of three magical grandchildren!

Huntley Tarrant

Huntley Tarrant, VP

Huntley, a Harvard Business School graduate, is one of the founders of Hexco alongside her sisters and mother/CEO Linda Tarrant. Prior to serving executive roles at Mindbites, Accruent, Dosh, and Jack Winn, Huntley co-moderated numerous UIL State Computer Applications Workshops with Linda Tarrant and served as a primary editor for the UIL State Computer Applications contest. As the youngest "Spelling Sister," she competed in the National Spelling Bee and began writing and working for Hexco at an early age. Today, Huntley continues to direct our team behind the scenes through strategic planning, app development, and advising.

Beth Mader

Beth Bryant, Product Development

Beth is our team's key writer, researcher, and editor. With a bachelor's degree in English and an MBA from Schreiner University, Beth currently co-writes and edits Texas UIL Computer Applications tests alongside Linda Tarrant. Stepping up to the plate with grace and skill, Beth has seamlessly taken over Hexco's product management in addition to co-writing or writing the bulk of Hexco's UIL Current Issues and Events products as well as several of our Social Studies products for high school and numerous lower grade products. Beth also plays an important role in deciphering and recording pronunciations for Hexco's spelling products and assists many of our customers with purchases and fulfillment on a daily basis. Aside from her passion for reading and writing, Beth loves horses and taking trail rides whenever she gets the chance (which isn't often because we do keep her busy these days!). Originally from the Midwest, she takes every opportunity to get outside and enjoy the warm Texas weather.

Keisha Bedwell

Keisha Bedwell, National History Bee & Bowl Coach

Keisha is the director of Hexco's National History Bee personal coaching program and served for years as an in-house researcher, writer, and editor who specialized in social studies and writing-related contests. She holds a B.A. in both Psychology and History from Schreiner University and is a veteran tutor and writing coach. From 2016-22, all of her coached History Bee students made it to the national level. She currently works remotely as Hexco's Personal History Coach and enjoys writing, reading, yoga, traveling, and spending time at the Guadalupe River with her Australian Shepherd, Indie.

Nancy Barnard

Nancy Barnard, Bookkeeper

Nancy has served as Hexco’s longtime bookkeeper and is also a niece of Linda Tarrant. She owned and managed a small well-known record shop with her husband, Bobby, for over 35 years. Nancy is a talented custom gourd and rustic wreath creator who enjoys crafts, gardening, reading, and relaxing at her home in San Marcos. An avid traveler who enjoys spending time with her dogs and good friends, Nancy provides expertise and support to the Hexco office on a part-time or as-needed basis.

Maggie Nix

 Maggie Nix, UIL Computer Apps Editor

Maggie is one of Hexco’s primary editors for the UIL Computer Applications contest. She holds a Management Information Systems BBA from the University of Texas at Austin. Maggie competed in the Computer Applications contest while in high school and was the state champion twice. Maggie currently works for Protiviti as a Technology Consulting Manager where she helps companies implement data analytic software to improve business processes. Maggie’s experience, passion, and attention to detail truly make her an excellent addition to our team.

Cheska

Cheska, a.k.a "Chess," Head of Security

Cheska is our chief company security officer who has the full run of the office. When she's not diligently alerting us to the arrival of delivery folk and other visitors, she can typically be found soaking up some sun in the gardens around the office or napping next to Linda's desk. She's a connoisseur of biscuits, always the first to volunteer to 'wash' our dishes, and one of the sweetest canines around.

Keiki

Keiki, Fitness Director

Keiki is our beloved company mascot in charge of keeping the perimeter clear of snakes and other Texas predators. True to her name, which is Hawaiian for "child," she often reminds us that there's more to life than work and that we should immediately stop what we are doing to pet her, feed her, or let her sit on our lap. She enjoys gardening with Linda and supervises Beth in the mornings. Beth needs a lot of supervision.

Jennifer King, Marketing

Jennifer is Hexco's director of marketing and supports business development under the direction of Linda Tarrant. Her marketing portfolio includes SEO/SEM, research, digital/print/web design, video, photography, business marketing plans, and published writings. With a BBA, MBA, and Advanced Google Analytics and Hubspot certifications, Jennifer has also had the privilege of serving in directorship roles at three local non-organizations. Married to Dr. Donald Crandall, who regularly performs jazz piano and who also plays the at Symphony of the Hills, Jennifer enjoys music, non-fiction, and learning new software/apps related to marketing. Currently working remotely on an as-needed basis, she enjoys helping customers by email as questions arise.

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