CEO, Codespear LLC, a Birmingham-based software developer that’s introduced a novel technology for emergency communications interoperability – sending urgent messages by radio, wireless, telephone, PC, or PDA, regardless of operating system or software.

WHERE BORN: “Lawton, Okla. I was only there until I was three months old. My dad was in the service and we moved to Michigan.”

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSON: “My grandmother. I’m Paul E. Hodges III, and her husband was Paul E. Hodges, Sr. I’m the oldest of eight kids, and she kind of brought me in and had a lot to do with my early development. Very strict, very concerned about having me do the right things, and it’s still with me.”

LAST BOOK READ:The World Is Flat, by Thomas Friedman.”

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: “Passionate. I enjoy succeeding. Definitely a Type-A guy.”

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: “This is a new area for applications, but it’s a huge area. I think the awareness is catching up to the technology in this area, because of disasters like Katrina and 9-11. The need for public safety to be able to communicate is important, and it’s huge. We have the right technology at the right time, so our challenge is getting our product to market and getting through the political machines.”

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: “My car. It’s got all the bells and whistles that I have fun with right in it.”

FAVORITE PLACE: “San Francisco. I love it.”

FAVORITE HOBBY: “Snow skiing.”

FAVORITE FOOD: “I don’t have one. We used to love to go to Tribute, so Takashi’s food, although he’s in Vegas now – Steve Wynn hired him to run a restaurant inside the Wynn hotel.”

MY HIDDEN TALENT: “My stuff’s right on the surface. What you see is what you get – nothing’s hiding.”

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: “I hope I was a positive influence on the people I encountered along the way, and a good father to my family.”