Podcast: Mike Hawker — From Sports PR to Tech Leadership

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Business Elevated Podcast (Season 6 Episode 16)

This podcast series features business and government leaders discussing what it’s like to live and work in the great state of Utah.

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In this episode, Pete Codella, managing director of business services at the Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity, talks with Mike Hawker, vice president of operations at CoDev

Hawker shares his professional journey, from his initial ambitions in sports public relations to his unexpected entry into the tech world. After working for 11 years at a California-based software startup specializing in automotive dealerships, Hawker transitioned to CoDev, where he has been instrumental in driving growth and operational success over the past four years.

Hawker elaborates on CoDev’s unique business model, which focuses on integrating talented offshore resources into client teams, offering a cost-effective alternative to local hires. CoDev differentiates itself by fostering deep, long-term relationships with its employees, emphasizing career development over short-term gigs. As CoDev continues exploring expansion into new regions and leveraging AI to enhance its services, Hawker highlights the company’s commitment to cultural integration and providing robust support for its workforce, ensuring mutual growth and success for its clients and employees.