November 2008 - Alumni Spotlight - Hank Odom

This alumni spotlight was originally shown in the November 2008 IEM Newsletter.

November's featured IEM alumnus is Hank Odom, AVP Senior Project Manager with Protective Life. Hank has been with Protective Life since January 2007; previously Hank worked with a number of large and small companies in various technology leadership positions. In his current role, Hank finds himself managing a portfolio of large scale projects. Each project that he leads is a multi-year engagement consisting of project teams of over forty-five people and budgets in the multi-million dollar range.

Hank is a member of the second class to go through the IEM program, graduating in 2003. He takes great pride today in knowing that he and his classmates were instrumental in shaping the future direction of the program. Hank found out about IEM through his connections he made during his undergraduate days at UAB. Having graduated with a degree in Management Information Systems, he took four years off before starting his master's work.

Hank found the IEM material to be relevant and was able to use the information he learned directly on his job. His favorite class in the program was Dr. Tanik's Object Oriented Analysis and Design course. He found Dr. Tanik's lectures to be stimulating and very forward looking in terms of technology.

While Hank found the Entrepreneurial series interesting, he really has no interest in starting his own company. What he did find was that the program was able to open doors for him professionally. Hank directly contributes a lot of his career success to the IEM program. In addition he has been able to gain stature in the community, most notably with the local PMI chapter where he serves in various leadership positions.

Hank is married to his wife Kim and they have two children, Sarah who is eight and Tate who is five. Both of his kids are active in playing baseball and softball. Hank is an avid outdoorsman; he enjoys camping and hunting. In addition to being outdoors, Hank loves football, especially U of A football. Luckily for Hank, his team is on top this year, they might actually have a chance against Auburn for once.

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