Ms. Cheryl Ann Gates and Mr. Lance Trevor Crosby are pleased to announce their engagement.

The bride elect is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Myron Gates of Irving.

Cheryl is a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas where she received a bachelors degree in marketing, communication and information technology. She was also a member of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders from 1996 until 2000. Cheryl is the owner of Agency Celebrity Artists, which represents hair and makeup artists for film, video and print.

The bridegroom elect's parents are Ms. Pattie Crosby of Stephenville.

Lance is a graduate of Tarleton State University, where he received a BBA in finance, a BBA in accounting and a BBA in management. He received his MS in finance and an MBA from Texas A&M. Lance also received his JD from Texas Wesleyan School of Law and his L.L.M. from SMU School of Law. He is founder, CEO and chairman of SoftLayer Technologies, an IBM company.

The groom elect serves on multiple Board of Directors for Public and Private Companies. He is a licensed attorney, Cloud Commissioner for Tech America for the Obama Administration, was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Tech Titans CEO of the Year, Outstanding Entrepreneur for Texas by State of Texas under Rick Perry, Distinguished Alumni of Tarleton State, recognized by Red Herring, Wired Magazine, JMI, Fortune 100 as Top CEO and proud member of WCD.

The couple plans on an early Nov. wedding at TLC Estate in Dallas, where they also plan to reside after the wedding.