The Bangladesh native is now senior vice president and chief information officer (CIO) for CarMax, the nation’s largest used vehicle retailer, a member of the Fortune 500 and S&P 500, and included for 12 straight years on the Fortune “100 Best Companies to Work For” list.
“Coming from Bangladesh, I had very limited resources,” he said. “Because of the Carr Academic Scholarship, I was able to finish my undergraduate degree. With that degree, I got a job. It launched not just my career, but my life.”
Shamim graduated from ASU in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a minor in accounting.
“I got into accounting by accident,” Shamim said. “My first semester, I couldn’t register early because I was a new student. The only class I could take was an accounting class as an elective. Next thing I knew, I had 27 hours of accounting.”
“In hindsight, it was a brilliant decision,” he added. “Having that accounting background has been so helpful for my career. I’ve always been focused on technology, but I have an edge because I understand the language of business and accounting.”
Prior to joining CarMax in 2012, Shamim held senior IT leadership positions at such companies as Blockbuster, TravelCLICK, Wyndham Hotels and BJ’s Wholesale.
In recognition of his career success, the ASU Alumni Association has named Shamim its 2016 Distinguished Carr Scholar Alumnus.
“I came for the Carr Academic Scholarship, but once I got there I loved it,” he said. “I was an 18-year-old who barely spoke English, but the teachers and my fellow students made me feel at home. I also received a top-notch education.”