Off the Cuff: Sybron Dental Specialties

Mark Yorba

AGE: 39

TITLE: CIO

COMPANY: Sybron Dental Specialties

ANNUAL REVENUE: $800 million

INDUSTRY SECTOR: Manufacturing and distribution

TIME IN JOB: Four years

BEST ADVICE EVER RECEIVED: A successful person keeps work and life in balance.

FROM WHOM: My executive coach.

BEST ADVICE EVER GIVEN: Always be open and honest. If I don't know about it, I can't do anything about it.

TO WHOM: My entire team.

FAVORITE QUOTE: "There are three types of people in this world: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder what happened." -- Mary Kay Ash

FIRST JOB YOU EVER HAD: A Safeway bag boy.

BEST CAREER MOVE: Moving into consulting to search for a great company to work for.

FAVORITE GUILTY PLEASURE: Italian cuisine and a nice Barolo wine.

BEST TECHNOLOGY DECISION: Moving to Linux for all front-end application servers.

BIGGEST CAREER INFLUENCE: My father. He ran the technical data for Navy weapon systems.

FAVORITE BOOK EVER READ: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

FAVORITE PASTIME: Soccer

BEST PERSONALITY TRAIT: Honesty

WORST PERSONALITY TRAIT: Sarcasm

WHY YOU WENT INTO TECHNOLOGY: It's always changing.

This was first published in July 2006

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