Off the Cuff With Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin's CIO

Jim Andreoni, the CIO and VP of IT at Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin Inc., speaks off the cuff with CIO Decisions.

Jim Andreoni

TITLE: VP of IT and CIO, Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin Inc.

AGE: 52

INDUSTRY: Nonprofit

SALARY: $130,000 (base)

REVENUE: $219 million (the largest U.S. contributor to Goodwill Industries)

VARIED DEGREES: I am a licensed social worker, and I have an MBA.

WHY YOU WENT INTO IT: I was CEO of a health clinic and was always trying to get staffers away from mundane work. I was always looking to IT for ways to automate.

BEST ADVICE EVER RECEIVED: Pay attention to your people; they have the answers.

BEST TECHNOLOGY DECISION: Moving into programming languages that schools are teaching now (.NET, for example).

BIGGEST IT CHALLENGE: Finding the speed we need for a large-scale WAN and LAN system. We are on the brink of both video and VoIP.

BEST PERSONALITY TRAIT: I would like to think I've got a great sense of humor.

WORST PERSONALITY TRAIT: I can seem too rapid-fire when it comes to delivering messages.

HOBBY: Scuba diving

ALTER-EGO CAREER: I'd be a marine biologist, which kind of goes with the scuba diving.

CURRENT READING: Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast: The Evolutionary Origins of Belief by L. Wolpert. Religion seems to be so divisive. I'm trying to read things that help me sort out who we all are.

This was first published in May 2007

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