Tom P. Hughes, 2009 Honoree

Social Security Administration
First job:
"Cutting all the neighbors' grass and making about $5 a yard."
What do you love about IT?
"Opportunities to add value to the business."
Best mentoring relationship:
"Listening and having frank discussions with CEOs and just a few CIOs."
In whom do you confide when weighing professional decisions?
"Professional friends with experience."
Passion outside of work:
"Working out, running and hard exercise. Oh, and parachuting."
Favorite ice cream flavor:
Rocky road
Favorite book:
The Art of War, by Sun Tzu
Leadership philosophy in a nutshell:
"Any strong CIO must understand the business environment in which to lead. Each business or government agency has a culture. Thus while I personally have a drive-hard attitude, I must be aware that my supporting CEO, CFO and COO are on board as much as po
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