All About You: Rory Welch

Rory WelchThis installment of All About You is about Rory Welch. After years away from his hometown in Shreveport, Rory moved back in 2010 for the opportunity to be Chief Executive Officer at email archiving company ArcMail.

As a graduate of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business with a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Furman University, Rory now has over 20 years of diverse management experience.

Find out more about this CEO below:

What is the most exciting thing you are working on right now?

Over the last three years, we have moved ArcMail from being an email archiving appliance solution provider to being a full enterprise information archiving company with offerings that can be deployed on an appliance, virtually, with a cloud / hybrid solution, or as a fully hosted solution. The most exciting thing going forward is to be able to take all of the data and information we have captured with our archiving solutions so that a business customer can perform comprehensive data searches and full analytics.

If you wrote a regular column for Silicon Bayou News what would it be about and what would you name it?

Bayou Business Basics.

If you could win any award in the world, which would you be most proud to possess?

Greatest husband and father.

If you were stuck on an elevator for two hours, what one person (dead or alive) would you choose to be stuck with?

My mother. She died when I was 18. I would love to have a conversation with her about my family and the direction of my life.

IYO, which institution is most due for disruption?


If you had to pick a drink to describe yourself (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) what would it be?

Red wine.

Tell us about your biggest failure.

I’m fortunate in that I haven’t had any big enough to mention yet but there have been situations in which I wish I would’ve handled things differently.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Sunday afternoon?

Sunday afternoons are reserved for family day.  After church, my afternoon is dedicated to just spending time with them.

If you had to eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?


If you could live in any other time period, which would you choose?

Wild West.

What are you most excited about happening on the Silicon Bayou that you aren’t directly involved in?

BVM Capital is a venture capital firm with a focus on funding companies in healthcare and life sciences, software and digital media, and energy.  With offices in New York, Florida and Louisiana, they are dedicated to not only helping startups and young companies in Louisiana, but they also play an active role in trying to grow the venture capital markets as a whole (in the Southeast).  Ross Barrett and Russ Vernon are very much committed to helping drive and support these markets and opportunities.

The standard superpower dichotomy: