Two Tips to Improve at Tennis


An accomplished engineer and business development professional, Stephen M. Timms serves as vice president of strategic programs for International Golden Group in Abu Dhabi. In this role, he has been responsible for forming strategic international partnerships for the firm. In his time away from work, Stephen M. Timms enjoys playing tennis.

Novice players looking to move up to intermediate level play quickly find out that they are going to have to devote time to developing specific aspects of their game in order to compete. For those looking to advance in their rating level, or even recreational players who want to get better, here are two specific areas where players can improve their game.

A key mistake that many tennis players make when they start becoming more competitive is trying to hit their serves as hard as they can. What one gains in velocity, however, is often lost in accuracy when trying to swing at full speed. More accomplished tennis players tend to hit their shots at about 80 percent of maximum effort, which allows them more consistency and to better place the ball.

Advanced tennis players don’t just worry about making a clean stroke, but rather concentrate on their weight distribution and its relationship to swing velocity. Specifically, good players make sure that their weight is always on the back leg before beginning the stroke, ensuring that the force is transferred through the racket to the ball when they bring their weight to bear on the shot. In this, the driving force of a shot isn’t achieved through the arms, but through the back leg.

California State University, Northridge, Professor Wins NIH Grant

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Jonathan Kelber

Since 2011, Stephen M. Timms has served as vice president of strategic programs for International Golden Group in Abu Dhabi. Stephen M. Timms holds a master of business administration from California State University, Northridge (CSUN), which recently announced that one of its professors has won an award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The NIH has awarded biology professor Jonathan Kelber $1.46 million to continue his research on PEAK1, a “support wall” gene. Kelber’s research has the potential to further the diagnosis and treatment of breast and pancreatic cancer.

For many years, Kelber has conducted research on the role of PEAK1 in cancer metastasis, which is the spread of cancer cells through the bloodstream to other areas of the body. Kelber and his fellow researchers at CSUN were the first researchers to demonstrate that the PEAK1 gene is pivotal during the initial phases of breast cancer metastasis. The NIH grant will allow Kelber to access resources and collaborate with other institutions, which in turn will give CSUN students the opportunity to learn new methods from other scientists.

California State University, Northridge’s Financial Lab

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Financial Lab

Since 2011, Stephen M. Timms has led International Golden Group as vice president of strategic programs in the United Arab Emirates. Stephen M. Timms holds an MBA in international business from California State University, Northridge (CSUN), which provides students a unique Wall Street experience in its Financial Lab.

The CSUN Nazarian College of Business and Economics offers students hands-on experience with trading technology in its Financial Lab. Remodeled in 2016, the Financial Lab enables students to use Bloomberg Terminals, equipped with specialized financial analysis tools, monitor data from the financial markets in real time.

CSUN purchased access to the Bloomberg Terminals with both state funds and donations from the Richard Siegel Foundation, an education-focused nonprofit organization that contributed $40,000 toward the Bloomberg Terminals in 2015 and $12,000 more in 2016.

Students use this technology in a variety of courses, including Business Valuation, Seminar in Financial Theory and Policy, Advanced Topics in Finance, and MBA Portfolio Management. The Bloomberg Terminals also allow students to work toward their Bloomberg Market Concept certification free of charge.

To learn more about the CSUN Nazarian College of Business and Economics and its programs, visit

Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) Fraternity – TEKE Publication

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Tau Kappa Epsilon

Before beginning his professional career in business development, Stephen M. Timms attended California State University in Northridge, California, where he earned a master of business administration in International Business. Prior to attending Cal State Northridge, Stephen M. Timms attended Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering while also serving as vice president of his chapter of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity.

The Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) fraternity was created in 1899 by a group of five students at Wesleyan University in Illinois. The group was founded to organize a society of collegiate men for the purpose of aiding in moral, mental, and social development. This social fraternity gains an average of 4,000 members each year across the country, with 248 active chapters and an overall population of 272,000 members.

The official publication of TKE, known as TEKE, provides members with details about the fraternity’s monthly events, stories about service by past members, and other details related to membership in the fraternity.

CSU Northridge’s Evening MBA Program


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CSU Northridge

An international business professional with more than 30 years of experience, Stephen M. Timms leads as vice president of strategic programs at International Golden Group. Stephen M. Timms holds a master of business administration in international business from California State University, Northridge (CSUN), which now offers an evening MBA program.

Designed to accommodate working professionals, the evening MBA program at CSUN Nazarian College of Business uniquely combines lecture, class discussion, and analysis. With an emphasis on experiential learning, the program engages students in group activities that focus on business cases and current business articles. Students also have the opportunity to share their ideas with both professors and peers.

The program requires students to take eight core courses, and those without an undergraduate business degree may have to take 15 credits of foundational courses. Students also choose three electives on a wide variety of topics, from finance and management to marketing and international business.

Students finish their MBA program with a culminating experience, such as the CSUN Nazarian MBA Consulting Project. During this project, students work collaboratively with a client organization to create a business or marketing plan or undertake a feasibility study. To learn more about CSUN business programs, visit

TKE’s Charles R. Walgreen Leadership Academy

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Tau Kappa Epsilon

As the vice president of strategic programs for Abu Dhabi-based International Golden Group, Stephen M. Timms is responsible for developing and growing the defense firm’s international relationships. A graduate of Fairleigh Dickson University, Stephen M. Timms served as the vice president of the college’s Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) fraternity.

Founded in January of 1899 by five Illinois Wesleyan University students, TKE is a national fraternity with the majority of its chapters on the east coast of the United States. With a goal of preparing better men for a better world, the fraternity hosts the Charles R. Walgreen, Jr. Leadership Academy each year. Only TKE members in good standing with their university (2.5 GPA or higher) and chapter are eligible to attend.

Funded by donations made through the TKE Educational Foundation and a small registration fee, the leadership academy features workshops, outdoor activities, and various keynote speakers. The 2016 TKE Leadership Academy took place from Aug. 5-9 in Colorado Springs.

Building Strong Business Relationships with New and Existing Clients


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Business Relationships

Based in Abu Dhabi, UAE, Stephen M. Timms serves as vice president of strategic programs at International Golden Group. In this position, Stephen M. Timms is responsible for maintaining the company’s complex technological systems and growing strategic relationships and business with international firms.

Strong strategic relationships are an asset to any business. However, these are not built in a day or after one networking seminar. They take time and investment. Communicating openly and personally is the first step to building strong relationships with your existing and potential clients.

With regard to existing clients, it is all about making actual contact. Send them a newsletter or even better, call them to let them know what you are doing for them. Tell them about the excellent service you’re providing; that you’ve double-checked their orders or that their packages are being shipped with special care, or that they can easily reach your customer care department at any time of the day. Keep it personal. Remember special occasions such as birthdays or wedding anniversaries and send a card ahead of the holidays. Write handwritten notes to old customers to check up on them, or even schedule lunch together. When you do meet, use such platforms for business development and get referrals. Putting a personal touch on communication builds customer loyalty.

For potential clients, it’s all about keeping lines of communication open. After a networking event, follow up. This could be as simple as sending a “nice to meet you” email, and later on a notification that you have added them to a newsletter list. Keep such relationships warm by periodically reaching out. A fail-safe way of doing this is by sharing useful information. Found a book, article, or workshop invitation the other person may be interested in? Pass it on.