James and Melissa Deutsch
Jim Deutsch is a 1996 Operations Management and Information Systems graduate of NIU. He was recruited by a small consulting company through the NIU placement office. Shorty after working there, he started his own consulting company that he sold to the Hackett Group (publicly traded service firm HCKT) in 2004. Jim stayed with the Hackett Group to run their business intelligence and enterprise performance management practice until leaving in 2010. Jim joined Ernst & Young in 2010 as a Partner/Principle, where he developed their business intelligence practice. Jim and Melissa have three daughters, Anna, Elizabeth, and Emily. Jim?s older brother (Rich) and younger sister (Laura) are also NIU College of Business graduates. Jim continues to stay connected with NIU by serving as a member of the OM&IS Advisory Board, as well as speaking in various classes. Jim and his wife, Melissa, are excited about the opportunity to help drive more women to a field similar to Jim?s career focus. He feels NIU provided him with a great background for his career and is excited to help current students.