Steve R. Romeo, 2009 Honoree

Vice president of IT
Breg Inc.
Vista, , Calif.
First job:
"Mowing lawns."
Most valuable career advice:
"Don't run out and buy a fancy car when you become an executive."
Favorite vice:
"Sushi. I can't get enough."
What do you love about IT?
"Helping people with technology. It's all about making someone smile, getting something to work for them."
Favorite gadget:
"My Garmin XM handheld GPS for hiking."
In whom do you confide when weighing professional decisions?
"My wife. She keeps me grounded."
Passion outside of work:
"Teaching others about living green, either through nature classes that I teach or backpacking trips."
Favorite sport:
"Surfing. I ride a 9' 2" longboard in San Diego."
Favorite ice cream flavor:
Mint chocolate chip
What about you would surprise the people you work with?
"I contribute to a wildlife conservation team as an animal tracker. I've been teaching wilderness survival and animal tracking for over 20 years."
Leadership philosophy in a nutshell:
"A successful leader must be willing to let go of the tactical, rely on instinct, lead with passion and not be afraid of risk."
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