Steve Solcher â€™83 says heâ€™s a believer in the philosophy â€œhard work pays off.â€ As CFO of BMC Software for seven years, his experience and knowledge attest to his work ethic.
Solcher shared his business insight to Mays Business School students in a recent visit to campus.
â€œIf you have the opportunity to do something multinationalâ€”do it,â€ BMC Software CFO Steve Solcher ’83 advised students. â€œYou canâ€™t be sitting in an office in Houston thinking about how to compete globally if youâ€™ve never seen the world.â€ (view more photos)
â€œThirty years ago, I was sitting in a classroom just like this without a job,â€ Solcher says. An accounting major, he utilized Maysâ€™ career fair and got a job with Arthur Andersen, where he worked for eight years after graduating.
In 1991, Solcher joined BMC as an assistant treasurer. â€œWhen I visited BMC, I looked around and realized that everyone wants to be at work,â€ he says about the decision to change jobs and work for one of the worldâ€™s largest software companies.
More than 20 years later, Solcher climbed the ranks at BMC and now holds the title of chief financial officer. BMC employs about 6,400 people worldwide, and Solcher says the company stands out in the tech industry. â€œWe want to serve IT professionals well and deliver value easily,â€ he says. â€œWeâ€™re more narrowly focused, while our competition is trying to fight too many fronts.â€
Solcher has travelled the world visiting BMCâ€™s numerous international offices (including Amsterdam, Israel, Singapore and India), and canâ€™t help but be amazed at how the competition overseas is â€œexploding.â€ â€œIf you have the opportunity to do something multinationalâ€”do it,â€ Solcher advises. â€œYou canâ€™t be sitting in an office in Houston thinking about how to compete globally if youâ€™ve never seen the world.â€
Similar to the rapidly shifting global workplace, Solcher noted that the industries themselves are also continually changing. Adaptability, he says, is what sets the successful apart from the unsuccessful in business.
â€œFields change all the time,â€ he says. â€œNo set of education will last you throughout your career.â€ Solcher further emphasized that if students can see that change and capitalize on it, â€œThatâ€™s where people are making good money.â€
Aside from his notable corporate career, Solcher has also been involved in several community organizations. He currently sits on the board of the Boys & Girls Club of Houston, as well as the Houston Museum of Natural Science. â€œIâ€™m passionate about giving everyone an opportunity to succeed,â€ he says.
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