TITLE: Senior vice president and chief technology officer
COMPANY: Social & Scientific Systems Inc., Silver Spring, Md.
ANNUAL REVENUE: $120 million
INDUSTRY SECTOR: Health care, fighting HIV/AIDS and other diseases
TIME IN JOB: Will be 20 years in October
FAVORITE QUOTE: "Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." -- Albert Einstein
BEST PERSONALITY TRAIT: Loyalty
WORST TRAIT: Taking things too seriously
FAVORITE GUILTY PLEASURE: Blackjack and trivia contests
TECHNOLOGY YOU COULDN'T LIVE WITHOUT: My PDA. It's really made me more effective and saved me many trips to and from the hardware store.
MOST CHALLENGING TASK AS CIO: Implementing technology in a way that reinforces our corporate culture -- not just the work.
WORST ADVICE EVER RECEIVED: "Technology stocks are just taking a rest; they are a very safe investment." (from my broker in late-2001)
BEST CIO DECISION: Implementing a unified messaging system
WORST CIO DECISION: Not having a mobile communications strategy
MOST IMPORTANT IT PROJECT THIS YEAR: Our "one-company virtual office environment," which is eliminating barriers to communications and collaboration across the company. It's a main goal in our strategic plan.