Guy F. Jean Baptiste

Degree: BBA in Management Information Systems

College/School: College of Business

The determination to become a successful entrepreneur and a twist of fate led Guy Jean Baptiste to pursue a career in information technology.

When he enrolled at FIU in 2013, many of the classes Guy wanted to take were full, so he selected a business telecommunications class. That settled his future plans to pursue a management information systems degree.

Guy found the discipline required and the workload overwhelming, especially since he was working full-time at JCPenney at the same time. College of Business professors Gladys Simpson and Nicole Wishart offered the guidance and motivation Guy needed to press on.

Guy was born in Haiti and came to South Florida in 2007, joining his father, a former Haitian military officer, and several siblings. His mother and stepfather remained in Haiti; other siblings moved to the U.S. later.

In 2014 Guy cofounded the Cercle des Volontaires por Education et le Progres d’Haiti (CVEPH), an international non-profit organization that provides education and food to children in Haiti with the goal of improving their quality of life. CVEPH board members visit Haiti regularly to award scholarships to young people to study in Haiti.

After graduation, Guy plans to continue working at SunTrust Bank and hopes to eventually enroll in FIU’s Executive MBA program. His ultimate goal is to become chief information officer of a high-profile company.

By Cynthia Corzo