IEM: Briefly describe yourself. Who are you, and what do you do?
ST: I am a very outgoing individual who enjoys a wide variety of activities. On a personal level, I enjoy being active, participating in many cycling events throughout the year, as well as triathlons. For fun, I teach cycling at a local gym here in Birmingham. Furthermore, my wife and I just had baby Kowen, making 2 boys for me! Professionally, I am very busy working for NWN, a national IT services company offering managed services, cloud computing and enterprise software delivery. Specifically, I work in the software delivery and consulting group overseeing many efforts with one of our clients while managing the development of a new regional product.
IEM: How did you end up at IEM?
ST: Having originally graduated from the UAB School of Engineering, I received some information regarding the program and once I checked into the details, it sounded very interesting.
IEM: How did IEM affect your career?
ST: IEM prompted many changes in my career. At the time of graduation, I received a promotion at work and was given responsibility of managing a large portfolio of business critical software projects. Every step from that moment has been a step up.
IEM: What's a memory you have of IEM that you'll never forget?
ST: Well, off the record, I’ll never forget making all the friends and watching football after class on Saturdays in the fall!! On the record, I will never forget standing up and presenting our final project and feeling like we were pitching an idea to Venture Capitalists. We took it very seriously and that day put a cap on what was a very rewarding time in the program.
IEM: What advice do you have for others traveling the same road you've taken?
ST: Work hard and continuously assess your short term situation against your long term goals. If you see any misalignment in the two, take action to correct it.
Just for fun:
IEM: What book are you reading right now?
ST: Consulting 101 by Lew Sauder
IEM: One fun fact about yourself. (Favorite movie, animal, talent..)
ST: I am a music fanatic. I love just about any type of live music and I like exploring artists who are good, but haven’t made it big.
IEM: For people visiting Birmingham, what’s the one hot spot they simply must see before they leave here?
ST: Fortunately for Birmingham, it is difficult to name just one spot. With some of the latest improvements we have experienced, there are many things to do here. To name one, though, I would recommend Vulcan Park and just stand and look over the city.