Matt Schwartz, 2009 Honoree

Vice president, business intelligence and analysis
Corporate Express
Broomfield, , Colo.
First job:
"Dressing up as famous characters (e.g., Mickey Mouse, Batman) and performing at children's birthday parties."
Favorite vice:
"Ice cream. When traveling, I seek out the local ice cream parlors."
Your recreational best:
"Fourth place in a multiday adventure race that included professional athletes."
Favorite sport:
"Tennis. I captain two local teams."
Twenty years ago, I was...
"an aspiring magician trying to sell a novel magic trick I invented with a friend."
What about you would surprise the people you work with?
"Prior to joining Corporate Express, my work was featured in two published books and on the front page of The Wall Street Journal."
Leadership philosophy in a nutshell:
"As a leader, I commit to my team that I will provide focused direction, remove barriers that impede execution and progress, and recognize and reward the delivery of exceptional work."
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