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 firstname.lastname@example.org.