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Off the Cuff: iParty Corp.

Maria McLeod

TITLE: VP of Information Services

COMPANY: iParty Corp., Dedham, Mass.

ANNUAL REVENUE: $72.5 million

INDUSTRY SECTOR: Retail specialty party goods

BEST ADVICE EVER RECEIVED: Listen to your people.

FAVORITE QUOTE: "Don't kill fleas with sledgehammers."

FIRST JOB: An elevator operator at Teppers department store

BEST CAREER MOVE: I left manufacturing and went to Laura Ashley with a very good mentor.

BEST TECHNOLOGY DECISION: Selecting a retail and merchandising system from JDA Software

NEXT TECHNOLOGY INITIATIVE: Joining our point-of-sale system with handheld technology

BEST PERSONALITY TRAIT: I have a great sense of humor.

WORST PERSONALITY TRAIT: I have the ability to lose my temper in a very big way.

FAVORITE HOLIDAY TRADITION: A prime rib roast. I make it for my three kids and five grandchildren.

HOLIDAY PARTY MUST-HAVES: Good friends -- and all the party goods that you need!

Lauren Horwitz, former managing editor, production, for CIO Decisions, is now managing editor for TechTarget's Data Center Media Group. Write to her at

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