Melvin L. Evans, 2010 Honoree

Title
IT director
Employer
Hand Arendall LLC
Location
Mobile,, Ala.
First job:
Kitchen help at a local barbecue restaurant.
Most valuable career advice:
"Don't be afraid to make a mistake, admit your mistake or correct your mistake."
If I were not in this business, I would probably be...
"doing volunteer work for a nonprofit organization."
Best mentoring relationship:
"My first IT job, where I worked with some of the most talented people I've ever known."
Favorite gadget:
"My BlackBerry Bold."
Leadership philosophy in a nutshell:
"Learn to assess any and all challenges from every possible perspective and you'll have more successes than failures. No detail is too small to be considered."
Ask me to do anything but...
"wash windows. I always make them worse instead of better."
Passions outside of work:
Photography and cycling
Favorite sport:
Basketball
What's in your MP3 or CD player right now?
"About 16,000 songs, mostly jazz."
In high school, I was...
"a nerdy bookworm who didn't fit in."
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