The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is pleased to introduce you to this year’s BN360 Spotlight Professionals.
Each year, BN360 highlights a select few individuals, nominated by member companies, within the Buffalo Niagara region who exemplify today’s definition of a young rising leader. Check back each month to read about these young professionals and how they are making a positive impact on the Buffalo Niagara region.
Rasul Khan has 18 years of IT experience and is currently an Enterprise Architect at Independent Health Association. He works closely with business and IT in developing software solutions, engaging vendors for evaluating new products, developing technology road maps, and innovating new solutions through proof of concepts. Prior to Independent Health, Khan worked at Fisher-Price in East Aurora, NY and GE Aircraft Engines in Cincinnati, OH.
First Job Out of School
Programmer Analyst at Bharat Petroleum Corporation, India
Rasul was part of the Independent Health Enterprise Data Warehouse team that received “Health IT Award” as part of Infotech Niagara’s 2013 BETA winners. At Fisher-Price, the sales and marketing team challenged IT to get insights into Point-of-Sale (POS) data of retailers like Walmart, Target, etc. for which Rasul was instrumental in building their POS Data Warehouse.
Best Piece of Advice Given Regarding Career
Aim small, miss small and Think Big. Work towards reaching the targets in multiple small steps. Also, to bring a change, you have to be part of the change – Do not hesitate to take up more responsibilities. (From his then manager and now best friend, Steve Czajkowski.)
- Islamic Society of Niagara Frontier – current president
- Red Cross volunteer and Disaster Action Team (DAT) member
- Muslims Public Affairs Council WNY – past board member.
- An-Noor Islamic School (ISNF) – past vice president
- Organizing community events by working closely with other organizations – Including Network of Religious Communities, MPAC-WNY, Jewish Community Center, WNY Muslims, Interfaith Climate Justice group, UB Journalism department, ACCESS WNY, RAHAMA, ICAWNY
On Buffalo Niagara
“It is a beautiful place, with friendly people and blessed with Niagara Falls, Letchworth Park, and many more. We should be proud to be part of the Great Lakes, the largest fresh water body on this planet. Let’s take that to our advantage and bring back more businesses into this region.”
Greatest Benefit of Working in Buffalo Niagara
“Nice, caring and friendly people; less commute time – means more time for the family and community activities. The housing and cost of living are very affordable.”
Greatest hope for the future of the Buffalo Niagara business community
“I hope the Buffalo Niagara region attracts more businesses and takes advantage of our natural location bordering Canada. I hope it comes back to be a great business hub.”
About Being a Spotlight Professional
“It is truly an honor to be recognized as Spotlight Professional. BN360 is a great platform in sharpening the young professionals for a better future.”
Rasul’s 5 Favorites
Favorite Restaurant: Pizza Plant
Favorite Business Book: ‘The Secrets of Economic Indicators’ by Bernard Baumohl
Best Buffalo Hidden Gem: Fisher-Price Toy Museum, East Aurora, NY
Favorite Vacation Spot: Sarasota, FL
Best Place for Wings: Duffs (I make my own halal wings using Duff’s sauce)
Check out our brief Q&A with Rasul: