Off the Cuff With Linetec's VP of IT

David Richards

AGE: 41

TITLE: VP of IT

COMPANY: Linetec (metals finishing company), Wausau, Wis.

TIME IN JOB: 4.5 years

INDUSTRY SECTOR: Manufacturing

ANNUAL REVENUE: $70 million

FIRST JOB: Wausau Country Club houseboy

BEST CAREER ADVICE: Image is everything.

GIVEN BY: The GM of that country club. He told me that as I was pulling weeds from patio stones.

BEST IT DECISION: Going with Microsoft Terminal Services

FAVORITE PASTIME: Scuba diving, shooting pool, racing snowmobiles

GUILTY PLEASURE: Shark diving

IF YOU WEREN'T A CIO, YOU WOULD: Move to Florida and run a dive shop

BEST CAREER MOVE: Accepting a consulting position at a paper manufacturing company. Since then, I've worked in manufacturing.

BEST CHARACTER TRAIT: I don't beat around the bush.

WORST CHARACTER TRAIT: I'm controlling. I think I can solve the world's problems.

WHAT YOU TELL CIO WANNABES: Stay open-minded about new technologies.

Ellen O'Brien, a former senior editor at CIO Decisions, is now a senior editor at Storage magazine. Write to her at eobrien@techtarget.com.

This was first published in June 2006

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