Mike Cummins, 2009 Honoree

Senior vice president, CIO
VHA Inc.,
Irving, , Texas
First job:
Mowing yards
Most valuable career advice:
"Be ethical."
Favorite vice:
What do you love about IT?
"It changes all the time."
Best mentoring relationship:
"My father."
Favorite gadget:
"GPS device, for hiking in the wilderness."
People you'd invite to your dream dinner party:
Crazy Horse, King Tut, Jesus and an extraterrestrial
Passion outside of work:
Twenty years ago, I was...
"Helping start a company."
What about you would surprise the people with whom you work?
"I am working to save an endangered plant species."
Leadership philosophy in a nutshell:
"Employees are intelligent. Provide vision and opportunity, then let them lead."
Energy-smart initiatives:
"VHA uses teleconferencing, telecommuting, webconferencing, satellite broadcasts and flexible scheduling to help reduce travel both locally and nationally. We have a highly virtualized environment and will continue to expand this over the next two years
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