Alumni Spotlight - Elaine Myrback

MIS and Business Administration ('84)

In 1998, Elaine Myrback, who earned a degree in management information systems and business administration ('84) from the College of Business, founded EMS Consulting-Intelligent Chaos out of her home in Tampa. She had no clients and just $10,000 to invest in the fledgling company. Years later, the company now spans four offices nationally with more than 135 associates.

EMS-IC is a leader in providing integrated, innovative technology solutions for all of its clients' enterprise and service oriented architecture needs. Recently awarded the Oracle 2010 North America Innovation Award for Excellence in Service Oriented Architecture, it is the company's third time winning in this category, this time being recognized for its ability to implement a solution delivering measurable business results.

Since the founding of the company, Myrback has always stuck to a simple, yet effective philosophy: have high integrity and treat people the way you would like to be treated. With more than 20 years of diverse leadership experience in executive sales, marketing, management consulting in technology outsourcing, and enterprise applications deployment, reaching success hasn't been easy.

Myrback, who studied both information systems and business administration as an undergrad at USF, said the dual major gave her an advantage over her competition.

"The IS side of my degree helps with all of the technology that has taken place in the last 10-15 years; it keeps your mind set at a focal point and moving forward," she said, "and the business side of my degree helps me understand running a company from a financial perspective."