Drew Hiltz, 2009 Honoree

Managing director, U.S. IT chief technology officer
Natixis North America Inc.
New York
Most valuable career advice:
"The secret to getting ahead is getting started."
Favorite vice:
"Drambuie and a good cigar."
Title you'd like to hold someday:
"Chairman of the board for a nonprofit organization developing new business and creating jobs."
What do you love about IT?
"You get to build ?stuff,' and there are always new toys!"
Best mentoring relationship:
"Skip Hunt, my manager at Donnelly Marketing, who made me feel like everything I did was worthwhile."
Favorite gadget:
Tom-Tom GPS
People you'd invite to your dream dinner party:
Plato, George Washington and Leonardo da Vinci
In whom do you confide when weighing professional decisions?
"My wife. She has an uncanny sense into what is important and what will help me maintain a successful and happy outlook on events."
Your recreational best:
"Springboard diving at New England regionals, where I did a three-and-a-half pike from the 3-meter diving board."
What about you would surprise the people with whom you work?
"I'm a little shy, and it takes me a few minutes to get ready to meet new people."
Leadership philosophy in a nutshell:
"Leadership is being an active participant in your team by providing fertile ground for new ideas to develop and flourish while executing the work that keeps your company operating. It means setting clear goals for your team, even in the face of uncertai
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