Charles “Guy” Thier was honored tonight at Lewis University’s Annual Alumni Awards Dinner. Guy, who received a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science in 1983, won the Alumni Achievement Award in the Sciences for his impressive accomplishments in industry providing leading-edge information technology solutions to a variety of companies, including Linc Capital, Chernin’s Shoes, and Bally Total Fitness. He is currently Chief Information Officer for Arbonne International, which is based in Irvine, CA.
As CIO at Arbonne, Guy is responsible for developing a new IT infrastructure that will help Arbonne grow domestically and internationally. For this role, Guy can draw from his extensive experience at Bally’s. As CIO at Bally’s, Guy saw the tremendous business opportunities provided by mobile devices. Guy introduced the use of iPads in Bally’s gyms to help potential customers see the benefits of membership as they toured the facility and to help current members keep track of their exercise regimen. This innovative strategy played a huge role in helping Bally emerge from bankruptcy.
Guy is very active in the success of the Computer Science program at Lewis. As an inaugural member of the Advisory Board for Computer Science at Lewis, Guy has worked with other Lewis alumni and industry executives to advise the program on how best to prepare its students for careers in information technology. He has provided valuable advice on new program initiatives and how to provide real-world project opportunities for students. Despite his extremely busy schedule, Guy has prioritized giving back to his alma mater, and we are a much better department because of his generosity.
In his acceptance speech, Guy thanked Prof. Joe Ninh, Dr. Steve Berger, and Dr. Paul Kaiser not only for teaching him Computer Science, but also for teaching him how to work hard while also having fun. As a founding member of the Computer Science club, Guy got the chance to work very closely with these three outstanding faculty, and Guy expressed great admiration and gratitude for the profound impact they had on his life.
The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science expresses its most enthusiastic congratulations and gratitude to Mr. Guy Thier and his family. He’s a great example of just how far a Lewis Computer Science degree can take you.