Vincent P. Melvin, 2009 Honoree

Vice president, CIO
Arrow Electronics Inc.
Melville, , N.Y.
First job:
"Repairing cars and pumping gas at my grandfather's service stations."
Most valuable career advice:
"Brave and stupid is no way to go through life, son."
Favorite vice:
"Buying baseball gear for my children."
What do you love about IT?
"The ability to truly change the competitive landscape. The challenge to go from technology to business framework/value, and the need to understand both."
Best mentoring relationship:
"My first sponsor in IBM, Carla Pariser; she taught me how to treat people when they are looking for guidance and learning."
People you'd invite to your dream dinner party:
Ben Franklin, Joshua Chamberlain, Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill
Favorite sport:
Twenty years ago, I was...
"A systems engineer for IBM, just out of college and adjusting to the working world."
Favorite book:
The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
Favorite TV show:
What about you would surprise the people you work with?
"I'm tone-deaf and colorblind."
Leadership philosophy in a nutshell:
"Don't ask anyone to do more than you would do. Lead by example. Understand technology to the benefit of the business. You must understand technology to manage and lead technology innovation."
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