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Off the Cuff With Kelley Blue Book's CIO

Justin Yaros

AGE: 45

TITLE: CIO

COMPANY: Kelley Blue Book in Irvine, Calif.

COMPANY SIZE: 300-plus employees; 120 IT employees

INDUSTRY SECTOR: Automotive

TIME IN JOB: One year

BEST ADVICE EVER GIVEN: People won't remember you for the products or applications you've developed; you'll be remembered for the impact on people's lives.

BEST TECHNOLOGY ADVICE EVER GIVEN: It's not about the technology; it's about the business.

FAVORITE QUOTE: "The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me." -- Howard Roark in The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

FIRST JOB: Electrical engineer technician, building printed circuit board machinery

WORST JOB EVER HAD: Sorting roast beef by rareness and doneness

BIGGEST CAREER INFLUENCE: An executive coach

IF YOU WEREN't A CIO, YOU WOULD BE: An astronomer

BEST PERSONALITY TRAIT: Empathy

WORST PERSONALITY TRAIT: Impatience

FAVORITE GUILTY PLEASURE: Driving a BMW racecar really fast on the track

FAVORITE PASTIME: Gazing at the stars with good music and a good bottle of wine

TECHNOLOGY YOU COULDN'T LIVE WITHOUT: Indoor plumbing

WHY YOU WENT INTO TECHNOLOGY: I knew I could make a real difference with it.

Stefanie McCann was formerly editor at large at CIO Decisions magazine. To comment on this story, email editor@searchcio-midmarket.com.

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