Alumnus Michael Blivens (’01) was a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) All-American at Trevecca, but these days, he’s helping others achieve their American dreams. Blivens is a managing director with the financial planning firm Northwestern Mutual, where he helps clients plan their financial futures.

As the managing director, Blivens works with his own personal client base and also spends his time on the job developing successful financial advisors for the firm. For him, the most rewarding part of the job is making a difference in lives. “My favorite part of my work is being able to have an impact on individuals, families, and businesses as they plan for their financial future,” says Blivens.

“My favorite part of my work is being able to have an impact on individuals, families, and businesses ... "

Blivens, 39, is in his eleventh year with the firm in Murfreesboro, Tenn. He was promoted to his current position after just five years of working there.

Blivens finished his undergraduate degree in business management from Trevecca in 2001 and earned his MBA in finance in 2006. While at Trevecca, Blivens was a vital member of the basketball team. A guard, Blivens played two seasons at Trevecca where he was known for his scoring and his unwillingness to allow the team to lose. He was named to the All-Conference first team in 2000 and 2001 and was an NAIA All-American in 2001. For two consecutive years, he was voted the Trojan’s most valuable player. Blivens, who finished his career at Trevecca with 1,377 points, was inducted into Trevecca Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007.

Blivens says he is proud of his degrees and his athletic honors, but he’s most thankful for how his Trevecca experience has shaped him spiritually. “The spiritual component of Trevecca was so timely for me,” Blivens says. “It has helped me in my personal spiritual journey that I believe has played a large part in my success.”

Hannah Pollok