Tim Bullard, BA ’97, MA ’00
My path to UNCG’s Sociology Department was a little different than most. I entered UNCG as a transfer student from NC State. I had taken about 3 years off after completing only 2 full years at NC State and was working a full-time job with the City of Greensboro. I wanted to finish my degree but had no idea what to take or even how to pursue it. I ended up in an Intro to Sociology course taught by Paul Luebke during my second semester and I was hooked. I had never really approached the world from a sociological perspective. I began to see the world as a much more complex and interesting place.
As I came close to finishing my undergraduate degree, I realized that I still had a lot to learn and I enjoyed the academic pursuit. I was accepted into the Master’s program and did my thesis work with Saundra Westervelt, Bill Markham, and David Mitchell. I will always remember that experience as one of the most challenging and fulfilling of my life. I learned more about research methodology, analysis and writing than I thought possible. These are skills that I carry into my daily work today.
Since that time, I have changed careers from a police officer to owning my own financial advising business – Bullard Investment Management. After graduation, I worked for 10 years as a financial advisor and then branch manager for a local Morgan Stanley office. An opportunity arose for me to partner with a well-known national investment firm to open an independently owned office. I have been in business for myself now for just over 2 years.
After turning 40 years old, I got into personal fitness in a big way. I have run marathons and Iron Man triathlons. I recently competed in a NPC body building show for men’s physique. It is my goal to show people that they need to seek financial fitness just as rigorously as they might pursue personal fitness. I live in Kernersville, NC with my wife and son.