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NIU Business Dean’s Circle Member, Alex Paytuvi, is quite competitive. He’s competitive in business, golf, and just about everything he undertakes. In fact, it helped motivate him to accept the Millington OM&IS Challenge and utilize the one-time match from Chris and Lorraine Millington to establish a scholarship to honor his parents, Consuelo and Carlos Paytuvi.
Alex established the Consuelo and Carlos Paytuvi Scholarship in his parents’ names because “they are my heroes, supporting me in everything I have ever done." They have always made it clear that education is a key that opens many doors. Having that key and some ambition can take you as far as you want to go.” His parents are Cuban immigrants who fled communist Cuba to provide a better life for their children and the generations that follow. This new scholarship provides support to students seeking a degree in Operations Management and Information Systems (OM&IS).
In addition to his parents’ great influence on his education, Alex was remarkably impacted by Sue Goad, his academic advisor while at NIU. “She saw a lot of potential in me,” shares Alex. “She coached me and reminded me that I could do so much more—to focus and bear down. Her counseling was exceptionally valuable and because she was so personable, it was like talking to a friend. Sue had a genuine interest in the students she advised.” After graduating, Alex felt compelled to stay connected with the OM&IS department. He started speaking in classes and has participated on the OM&IS Advisory Board for over a decade. “I felt like I kind of owed it, because I got so much out of my education,” says Alex. “But looking back, I could have gotten even more out of my time at NIU.” In appreciation for Alex’s contribution to the OM&IS department, he was honored with the OM&IS Alumni of the Year Award.
Alex is currently the U.S. National Director for Microsoft’s Office 365 Cloud Services business. He works very closely with Microsoft’s three U.S. Regional Vice Presidents in charge of sales for Microsoft’s enterprise customers. In his role, Alex serves as the corporate sales leader for Microsoft’s Office 365 Cloud Services business across the U.S. Alex has been at Microsoft for 9 years; he’s served as the Office 365 Field Sales Leader for Latin America and prior to that was an Enterprise Account Manager for Microsoft’s Financial Services customers in Chicago. Before joining Microsoft, Alex worked for two separate Microsoft partners in software consulting totaling 11 years.
Alex has a Bachelor of Science in OM&IS, and a Master of Science in Information Systems, both from the NIU College of Business. He resides in Arlington Heights with his two children, seven year old twins Caleb and Madeleine. Alex hopes for his children—and NIU Business students—that they are passionate about whatever peaks their interest and excites them. Alex advises to “challenge conventional thought and lead by example, and to remember failure is a good thing. Failure means you are trying. Fail fast and keep going. Perseverance accompanied with a thirst for knowledge will take you a long way.”
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