July 2008 - Alumni Spotlight - Kevin GatgensThis alumni spotlight was originally shown in the July 2008 IEM Newsletter.
July’s featured IEM alumnus is Kevin Gatgens, Programming Team Leader with Infinity Insurance. Kevin has been with Infinity since 2002, where he started as a Java programmer. In his current role, Kevin finds himself leading a team of developers to coordinate releases and maintenance patches of Infinity’s flag ship rating software. In addition to his role as a team leader, Kevin has brought a number of technological innovations to Infinity, including revolutionizing the way they generate policy documents.
Having graduated back in May, Kevin is a member of the newest class of IEM alumni. Kevin states that the greatest value he received from the program was learning how to manage projects, getting unstuck from his current way of thinking, and igniting the entrepreneurial flame. His favorite class in the program was software engineering (See full course offerings here), here he was able to refresh his memory of how “it is supposed to be done” and immediately apply the training to his day job. He was surprised by the diversity of the clients, which lead to some interesting discussions when he was vetting his business ideas.
Kevin feels that the value proposition of the IEM program is two-fold, depending on your background. If you are from corporate America, then you will learn how to manage projects and the full business life-cycle, ensuring your continued success. If you come from an entrepreneurial background, then you will learn how to take your idea and turn into a fully functional company.
Since entering the program Kevin has caught the entrepreneurial bug. He sees a great future in the internet and is exploring several web based opportunities. Once such venture is BHMTraffic. BHMTraffic uses Twitter to aggregates real time traffic information gathered from its user community. This site allows access and updates from your mobile phone. Stuck in traffic? You can simply text the site with an update or check to see where the problem lies.
Kevin lives in Trussville with his wife Tiffany and their new son Jack. Being a new father, Kevin spends a lot of time with his son and loves blogging about him as well.
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