Shane Hill, IEM Class of 2011, writes "Alabama Tailgate" cookbook

Alabama_Tailgating_Cookbook_Shane_HillNot all IEM clients find their passion in technology – some have found it in food! That is the case with Shane Hill, IEM Class of 2011. His final project was the very successful Alabama Tailgate cookbook. And while his journey has not led him to quit his day job as technical lead at BBVA Compass, it has led to the next book idea and some successful catering gigs.  We caught up with Shane to get an update.


IEM Alumni Spotlight with Todd Miranda, CEO and Creator of NxtDimension Solutions

ToddMiranda2This month we go way back to the first IEM class and check in with Todd Miranda, CEO and Creator of NxtDimension Solutions (, a company that specializes in Microsoft technologies, software and training solutions. Todd ran NxtDimension Solutions on the side for about 10 years, while working full-time. He recently just this past year took the leap of faith and is now doing NxtDimension full-time. In this update he talks about the decision making process to leave his job and follow his passion with his own company.


Alumni Spotlight August 2012 Ruben Raposo

Alumni Check In with Ruben Martinez-Raposo of

If you are not already familiar with the gourmet goods from Ruben Martinez-Raposo, you need to check out his online store at  Ruben started the IEM program in 2010, and before his first class he already had a passion for food and wine, and planned to start his own business. His first class with Dr. Callahan, director of the IEM program, sealed the deal and he launched the company the same year. Since his graduation in May of this year Ruben says is continuing to grow. What was a company of one, has now grown to a company of two, enlisting his newlywed wife in the business.  Here is a quick update from Ruben.

Q: What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome in starting your business?

A: Getting past the fear of failure. Failure is a part of entrepreneurship. Dale helped me overcome that fear and the notion that I had to have everything figured out on paper first. Sometimes you can’t see or answer every question before you start a business. Dale’s advice of “just do it,” gave me the confidence to get started.

Q: How much has your business changed from your original concept?

A: The concept of my company has not changed, but there were some things I didn’t anticipate. For example, having a retail website means you have to have a lot of content. I was not expecting that. I thought I would just post items and they would sell, because they were great products. I did not anticipate all of the imagery, content descriptions, and recipes to get people interested in the products. You have to build a story around your products.

Q: What is the single best piece of advice you would give others looking to start their own business?

A: Be confident in your idea. In the beginning, you are going to feel shaky, don’t let it hold you back. Again, it’s getting past that fear of failure – you truly have to have the mindset of “so what.” If you fail, you can try something else. Some of the nation’s most profitable companies were built after the first attempt failed.

Q: Do you still work at a full-time job?  

A: Yes, I work for McKesson as a product manager in the Enterprise Intelligence division, which I was recently promoted to. McKesson has been a great company for me to grow, learn and expand my professional experience and leadership. I am very happy with my progress at McKesson and look forward to continued growth with the company. I used to be a project manager, but now I’m more into business analytics – it’s a more strategic position and I’m very happy. IEM also played a role in helping me find that direction. I really love both of my jobs, otherwise I wouldn’t be doing it.

Support Ruben and by “liking” him on Facebook and “following” him on Twitter. They are also a partner on and you can purchase all of his products there as well.

Promotional Videos

In 2012, we recorded the IEM Clients giving their presentations at the end of their first semester with IEM. We compiled their presentations and found we had a pretty good overview of what IEM is all about. Enjoy!

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Meet Terry White, Owner and Founder Sports Tech

Screen_shot_2011-05-09_at_8.13.07_PMIn May 2011, I sat down with one of IEM newest graduates about the company
he founded called SportsTech. The company creates mobile application software
for --just what the name says, Sport Tech people. As one example, a baseball coach
can download an app from SportsTech that allows that coach to create drills, track scores,
even has a built in radar gun that allows you to display the speed of a pitch from
any distance in both baseball and softball. View SportsTech Website Here. 
{VIDEO} interview with Terry White.


Alumni Spotlight: Suman Silwal

suman-silwalApril’s IEM Alumni Spotlight is Suman Silwal, IEM class of 2010.

Suman is a Systems Analyst at Blue Cross Blue Shield Alabama and the founder of a popular video blog on marathon running, He is an experienced web application developer and since enrolling in IEM has taken on new roles leading development projects at BCBS.


Alumni Spotlight - Greg Knight

greg-knight-mengThis alumni spotlight was originally shown in the December 2010 IEM Newsletter.

The December featured IEM alumnus is Greg Knight, Information Systems Manager, Telecommunications for UAB Health System. Greg manages a team of engineers and technicians who support PBX and VoIP(Cisco) phone systems as well as several Nurse Call systems. The team is also responsible for mobile devices. Greg has worked with UAB Health System since 1996 and has held various positions with Health System Information Services. Prior to his current position, Greg served a Senior Network Engineer.