Mr. Royce C. Heslep is Co-founder and CEO of Aptia Systems, Inc. Aptia Systems is a Houston based company that provides custom software programming services to improve business processes. The company has extensive experience in oil & gas and is expanding into healthcare. In 2005, Aptia Systems was a FastTech 50 Company, one Houston’s fastest growing technology companies. The company also received the Better Business Bureau Award for Quality and Excellence in 2006 and 2007. Prior to founding Aptia Systems in 2002, Royce had his own consulting practice for 7 years. He served as CFO for several entrepreneurial ventures. He assisted in the areas of strategic planning, financial modeling, business planning, raising capital and setting-up accounting systems and business development.
Mr. Heslep began his career in corporate finance working for Fortune 1000 companies, American International Group and Global Marine Inc. He has held positions in the areas of financial analysis, budgeting, cash management, corporate planning, accounting, raising capital and human resources. He was also a Controller for Law Engineering and Environmental Services, an international consulting firm. At Law Engineering he helped launch several operations, assisted with two acquisitions and a spin-off. Royce also created the company’s first MIS department to improve productivity with computer networks and by developing database tools to streamline work processes.
Mr. Heslep is a native Houstonian, received his BBA from the University of Houston and MBA from the University of St. Thomas. He is currently Vice President of the Houston Entrepreneurs’ Forum. He is an active board member of the UH Bauer College of Busness Administration Alumni Organization. He is also a member of the Houston Technology Center Executive Club, MIT Enterprise Forum, The Entrepreneurship Institute and The Entrepreneurs’ Organization.
He was a consultant with the Small Business Development Center, helping clients write business plans and obtain bank financing. He also served on the advisory board of a business incubator mentoring entrepreneurs in the areas of finance and business development. Royce is also actively involved with his sons in The Boy Scouts of America.
Royce and his wife Kathleen have 3 sons and one daughter. Kathleen has a BBA from Texas A&M University, MBA from the University of Houston and is a Certified Public Accountant.