Affluent StudentMeet Paul
Paul is a Technical Manager at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama and the founder of Affluent Student, a site dedicated to enriching student's lives through proactive parenting. He has over 15 years of progressive IT experience and since enrolling in IEM has assumed management of the Mainframe and Storage Engineering team, and he is 2012 graduate of the UAB IEM program. He is now involved in departmental and division-wide initiatives at Blue Cross and is involved in the company's cloud computing initiative.
Paul is also a Dave Ramsey Certified Coach. He helps individuals and families create a clear-cut action plan for getting out of debt and building wealth. His motivation for enrolling in IEM was simple - to learn about the principles of how business and technology work together and broaden his perspective on leadership. "I am a person who's always on the lookout for what is next," Paul says. "I came to IEM expecting a fresh outlook on my career and how I can improve my own personal brand, and I got much more than expected. IEM is the perfect incubator for the company of one - you get all sorts of exposure to business, technology, and leadership principles and you'll come away with a new appreciation for intentional management of your career."
Paul started his website in 2011 after about a year in the IEM program. His original goal was to blend his love for education with his desire to teach others about financial freedom. What started as a blog to teach others about college and scholarship opportunities has evolved into a full-fledged parenting site with practical applications for parents of all ages.
Through his 20 years of parenting and observations on what just seems to work, Paul has assembled a terrific site full of articles and content designed to impact parents. "Just like anything else in life, you are the most successful at parenting when you are intentional about it. Too many parents have given up, content to let the schools raise their children. I want to teach parents how to effectively do what is arguably the most difficult job they will ever have." Paul is working on publishing his first book, due out in 2012, and offers coaching and speaking services to parent and teacher audiences alike,
"Without IEM, I would have never taken the steps to make this happen. I learned about managing your brand, becoming an expert in your field, putting in the work necessary to make something like this come together, and about the financial aspects of running a business." Like many others, Paul credits IEM with giving him the desire and the tools to strategically own his career.
A married father of three, Paul also runs recreationally and provides social media content for small businesses. He is a native of Birmingham and a veteran of the United States Coast Guard. His desire is to build Affluent Student to a national brand and transition into full-time speaking, coaching, and writing.
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~ Paul McGuire
Suman is a Systems Analyst at Blue Cross Blue Shield Alabama and the founder of a popular video blog on marathon running, mRuns.com. He is an experienced web application developer and since enrolling in IEM has taken on new roles leading development projects at BCBS.
Suman is a life-long learner which lead him to enroll in the IEM program in 2008. He joined IEM to continue his passion for learning and personal development. He has said of IEM, “The classes were great. Some of items we talked in class was actually going on in real world for me. I enjoyed working on projects with groups that had different mindsets and groups of classmates from different organizations in town. I enjoyed challenges it provided me.” Along with learning he has a strong passion for teaching and coaching others. He has taught many online courses on computer programming, is a running coach, and also serves as a life coach to those close to him.
Suman is an accomplished marathon runner. He recently completed his 12th marathon in Georgia and will run his 13th marathon on May 1st in Cincinnati. He has run marathons in cities all over the world including Tokyo in 2011, Chicago in 2010, and Toronto and New York in 2009. He began running in 2008 around the time that he started the IEM program, and has logged close to 4,000 miles in the past 3 years.
He has turned his passion into a business venture with his video blog, mRuns.com. Suman blogs about his own running experiences and also interviews other runners, many times interviewing them during the race. Suman attributes his IEM experience with helping him turn his life’s passions into entrepreneurial opportunities, his senior project in IEM focused on building the mRuns.com website. “If you ever want to go to school where your school projects become a real-life projects, IEM is the program to consider.”
When he is not working or running, Suman enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, ages 3 and 8. His older daughter has picked up on his passion for running and they now run together. He has a love of traveling and one day would like to be working and running all over the world.
“IEM is a life changing experience, the program doesn’t stop when you walk out the door, it continues for life.”
About the Company:
NxtDimension Solutions was founded in 2001 by Todd Miranda in Birmingham, Alabama. Todd has been a software professional since 1989. He has been recognized as a technology leader in the community and has been asked to present at many user groups and technical conferences. Todd has been awarded the Microsoft MVP award multiple years.
"The IEM program definitely provided entrepreneurial and business knowledge I didn’t have. Through the IEM program I got the benefit of real world experience from business owners and entrepreneurs. More importantly than just knowledge, the program gave me the drive and courage to start my own company." ~ Todd Miranda, 2012
Want to know more? Head over to the NXTDimension Solutions homepage for more information.