Andres J. Andreu, 2009 Honoree

Technical director of Web/application engineering
Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide Inc.
New York
First job:
Mural graffiti artist
Most valuable career advice:
"Don't ever leave yourself vulnerable to take the blame for the blunders of someone else."
Favorite vice:
"Reverse-engineering anything that seems to be a black box."
What do you love about IT?
"The never-ending and always-morphing challenges."
Best mentoring relationship:
"My kung-fu sifu, Kenny Gong, was my greatest mentor."
Favorite gadget:
Lego Mindstorms NXT robot
People you'd invite to your dream dinner party:
"My father, Fidel Castro, Pablo Picasso and Ta Mo Bodhidharma."
Favorite movie:
Iron Monkey
Leadership philosophy in a nutshell:
"Never assume anything, and respectfully treat all team members as if they are young children."
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