Ron L. Kifer, 2009 Honoree

Group vice president, CIO
Applied Materials Inc.
Santa Clara, , Calif.
First job:
"Maintenance worker at the Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood, Ore."
Most valuable career advice:
"Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it!"
Title you'd like to hold someday:
"Captain Ron (ret.)"
Passion outside of work:
Motorcycles, cars and boats
What's in your MP3 player?
Derek and the Dominos' "Bell Bottom Blues"
What about you would surprise the people you work with?
"I once lost to Bjorn Borg in the finals of a Pro-Am doubles tennis tournament."
Leadership philosophy in a nutshell:
"Great leadership begins with the vision to see what could be and the skill to communicate this in a way that creates and sustains the momentum necessary to achieve the desired outcome. Great leaders have the wisdom to surround themselves with the very b
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