Mike Keppler, 2009 Honoree

Senior vice president of information resources, sales, marketing & revenue management systems
Marriott International Inc.
Bethesda, , Md.
First job:
"Mowing lawns in the neighborhood at 14. Money went right to a great 10-speed bike."
Most valuable career advice:
"Be your true self in all situations. It allows others to know the ?whole you.'Ê"
Title you'd like to hold someday:
"Special Olympics baseball coach, and maybe, part-time CIO."
What do you love about IT?
"The complexity of matching absurd demands and opportunities with great ideas and great people who can make it real."
People you'd invite to your dream dinner party:
Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, Martin Luther King and John F. Kennedy
Your recreational best:
"An 88-minute sprint triathlon (one-third-mile swim, 10-mile bike, 5K run). The winner does it in 66 minutes!"
In high school, I should have been voted "Most Likely to .Ê.Ê."
"live ?down the shore' in New Jersey."
Favorite book:
The Five People You Meet in Heaven, by Mitch Albom
Favorite movie:
Groundhog Day
What about you would surprise the people you work with?
"I irreverently ran across the top of the tape drives in celebration of my last day at a data center. My manager called me into his office (handshake and thanks?) and shared the security tape and a few solid lessons. Still got the job after graduation!"
Leadership philosophy in a nutshell:
"My philosophy is a hybrid of coaching my team and collaborating with business partners. In addition to ensuring that the right people are on the team, it's critical to establish a strong relationship with business partners at all levels and cultivate th
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