June’s featured IEM alumnus is John Giordano, Vice President – Information Security with SunGard. John has been with SunGard since 1989, serving in five different roles over his distinguished career. In his current role, John finds himself managing the information security program for SunGard Financial Systems North American MIS operation.
As you might imagine, John has a passion for security. He holds two professional certifications including; CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) and GSEC (SANS Security Essentials Training). John is also a member of several industry groups and associations including the Birmingham based InfraGard.
Having graduated last month, John is a member of the newest class of IEM alumni. John states that the greatest value he received from the program was learning to re-evaluate yourself as a company. He now looks at the value proposition that he brings to his employer. In addition John learned that he doesn’t have to hit a homerun, i.e. the next Google, in order to start a rewarding and profitable business.
John is married with three kids, two sons and a daughter. He takes a very active role in supporting his children, coaching his daughter’s soccer team, and shuttling everyone to and fro practice. John’s eldest son is about to graduate from high school and they are currently heavily involved in the college search. John has a number of hobbies including rock climbing, scuba diving, and snow skiing.
John, being the entrepreneur that he is, owns a condo in Mexico Beach, Florida. He and his wife self manage the property and its website http://www.sunbeachfun.com The website features additional properties in the area as well as all the info that you would need to book a stay.
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May's featured IEM alumnus is Leah Friar, Senior Project Manager Network Technical Engineering with AT&T. Leah has been with the Bell system since 1981, serving in seven different roles over her distinguished career. She took a four year hiatus during the dot com boom to work with a startup, Bear Creek Technologies. Returning to Bellsouth in 2001 she has been instrumental in bringing broadband technologies to the southern region.
In addition to her work responsibilities, Leah also plays a key role with the National Joint Utility Notification System (NJUNS). Not only does she sit on the board of directors, she also is the Treasurer of the 2008 Executive Committee.
Over the years Leah has invested heavily in her education. She received her undergraduate in Engineering from UAB back in 1981. Returning to school in 1999 she earned a MBA from Samford University. Finally in 2006 she became a graduate of the IEM program.
Leah has been married for twenty five plus years to her husband Rob, a Civil Engineering Graduate of Auburn University. She has two children; a daughter Pam, a senior attending Auburn University studying Health Care Admin, and a son Robby, an Eagle Scout and junior at Spain Park HS.
Leah’s interests include family, travel, reading, and knitting (a skill that she picked up at a young age). Leah grew up within a military family and attended a staggering eighteen schools before graduating high school. In addition she helped pioneer equal rights for women in Birmingham by becoming the first female usher at Legion Field (even if only a little bit).
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March's featured IEM alumnus is Todd Collier, senior system analyst with the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In his role as a senior system analyst he is responsible for a number of medical record applications that put UAB's hospital system into the digital age. One thing that you might not realize about Todd's role is that most of his development work is done in COBOL. With the trend today away from mainframes, Todd has staked a claim to an untapped niche for recent graduates.
Todd completed his undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Auburn University back in May of 2001. During his tenure at Auburn he maintained an impressively high GPA which gained him entry into the prestigious Upsilon Pi Epsilon, Computer Science Honor society. Todd entered the IEM program with the class of 2007 and again graduated at the top of his class.
Todd stays busy by helping out with various local user groups and community events. This year he is serving as the logistics chair for the upcoming TechMixer University event. Yes, if you want to get to know him better he is actively searching for committee members. In addition Todd is a founding member of a Lawson User group for the states of Alabama and Georgia.
In his free time, Todd enjoys spending time with his family; including his wife Rebecca, son Ashton, and their newly adopted dog, Camilla. Todd is a huge Auburn fan and loves to go to the games. When he isn’t being a spectator Todd is busy coaching football, basketball, and baseball for his son's teams.
February's featured IEM alumnus is Mike Wells, Software Architect with DST Health Solutions. Mike has been with DST for two years and has the privilege of working out of his home. In addition to his day job, Mike has a healthy software consulting business, Dream Storm Creative.
Mike graduated from the IEM program with the class of 2006. Prior to attending UAB, Mike attended the University of Alabama (UAT) where he received a BS in Computer Science.
Mike lives with his wife Kelly and their two dogs on the 280 Coridor. Kelly, being a budding entrepreunuer, started her own social services consulting business. Lately Mike is devoting time to helping Kelly get her business off the ground. Mike knows how to have a good time and oftentimes can be found hanging with his friends at Buffalo Wild Wings.
Mike has many hobbies including golfing, hunting, running, and traveling. He often sneaks away, back to his home town of Andalusia, to visit his family's hunting camp. When he is in town, he often runs in 5k races and has helped many a friend get into running.
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