Jerome Oglesby, 2009 Honoree

Chief technology officer
Deloitte Services LP
Hermitage, , Tenn.
First job:
"Working with my father in his construction business. I spent every summer and usually some weekends doing concrete work and other odd jobs."
Most valuable career advice:
"When I finished high school, instead of college, I took a job in a local factory. A friend who worked there for 23 years questioned my being there. He told me to quit and go back to school. It was the soundest advice I have received in my career."
What do you love about IT?
"IT provides opportunities to develop innovative solutions to business needs that contribute to the bottom line; this is personally rewarding and gratifying knowing you have made a difference."
Best mentoring relationship:
"Over 10 years ago, my manager asked me what my career aspirations were. He then helped me meet my short-term goals we discussed. I had a mentor and did not even know it. He later hired me in two of my roles. I still consider him a mentor today."
Passion outside of work:
"My passion outside of work is golf. It is relaxing, enjoyable, humbling, frustrating, pressure-packed and competitive all rolled into one. If you have ever played the game, you can identify with this."
Leadership philosophy in a nutshell:
"Treat every employee as an individual, be a model for the behavior that you want the organization to follow, inspire employees to give their best, give them the accountability and authority to get the job done, and be there to back them or help them whe
"Aha" leadership moment:
"It happened while trying to understand the Generation Y technology gap and how we will attract and retain Gen Y talent. It wasn't until I spoke with my own Gen Y college senior and a group of Gen Y interns that I learned that it's the sense of individua
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