Class of 1970 graduate, Ralph Armijo, has been a successful businessman on the forefront of technological changes for the last 30 years. After graduation from East High School, Mr. Armijo attended Colorado College as part of an initial group of Hispanic students accepted at this prestigious college. Although he was accepted at Harvard and Stanford, he chose, instead, to attend UCLA where he earned an MBA.
Mr. Armijo has brought his talents to bear on changing and improving the electronic media environment we all use and enjoy daily. After graduation, he worked for IBM as an executive in sales and marketing. He then worked for Tektronix, Inc., a Fortune 350 company, holding various management positions. He later started Navidec Technology, serving as Present and Chairman of the Board. He founded Navidec with only two employees and grew it to more than 300, when it was ultimately sold to Microsft. Ralph also created DriveOff.com, a wholly owned subsidiary of Navidec. Both companies deal with cyber-security systems. DriveOff.com was then sold to Oracle, the world’s leading supplier of software for information management. Mr. Armijo’s fourth startup company is Aegis Identity, which has developed the Trident program, also a cyber-security system focused on protecting the computer systems of educational institutions.
Mr. Armijo received an Honorary Doctorate from Colorado College. He was recognized by Ernst and Young as the Rocky Mountain Region Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Technology and was named to the Top 100 Most Influential Hispanic Leaders by Hispanic Magazine. Perhaps his most important award is the “Favorite Dad Award” bestowed on him by his daughter.
He is married to the former Judy Tomsick; together they have two sons and a daughter.