Founder and CEO of Houston, Texas-based Wise Men Group, a global technology solutions provider that offers consulting, software support, outsourcing services, and staffing.
Coming to America
Born in Mumbai, India, Ahuja grew up in a household with a strong educational philosophy. “My father would say, ‘Do anything you want, but make sure you get a master’s degree. A bachelor’s degree isn’t enough,’” she says.
In 1987, Juuhi visited the United States— and quickly decided to make New York City her first home in America. “I was talking to a couple of friends at a party in downtown Manhattan and they were speaking highly about NYIT and their business programs.” Shortly after, she was accepted into the university’s M.B.A. program.
I still tell people about my experience at NYIT and how much I loved being there in New York City.
A Global Education
While taking classes at NYIT, Ahuja worked for an insurance broker and was able to manage her coursework while maintaining her professional life. “Being in New York City, learning at NYIT, and working for my company was a great all-around learning experience,” she says.
NYIT, she adds, gave her confidence and perspective. “My education taught me how to be global, especially with so many students coming in from all over the world,” Ahuja says. “I still tell people about my experience at NYIT and how much I loved being there in New York City.”
Those fond memories include visiting the NYIT-Manhattan campus and enjoying lunch outside among the bustling energy of Columbus Circle, walking up and down Fifth Avenue, and visiting FAO Schwartz. “I made some very good friends, and many I am still in touch with.”
And then there were her NYIT classes. Ahuja especially remembers her classes with Professor Abram Poctzer, Ph.D., of the Department of Marketing Studies. “His classes still flash through my mind today,” she says. “He talked about the vast global economy and taught me how to market goods and services to Africa, Europe, India, and other parts of the world.”
A Wise Decision
In 1997, Ahuja decided to use her business experience and NYIT education to launch Wise Men, which started out as a staffing company; two decades later, it has become a leading technology solutions provider for companies around the world.
“I figured the only way for me to be happy is to be my own employee,” she says. “My strength was connecting people and interacting with them.”
Since its launch, the Houston, Texas-based firm has earned industry recognition from regional and national organizations, ranking among the “50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned Businesses” and the “Fast 100 List” in the Houston Business Journal and becoming a finalist in Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” competition.
“My days are filled with client interactions and I try to have 15 lunches a month with customers to see how we can service them better,” Ahuja says. “I take their suggestions back to my company to provide more world-class services.”