Peter F. Weis, 2009 Honoree

Vice president, CIO
Matson Navigation Co.
Oakland, , Calif.
First job:
"Paperboy for the local small-town newspaper. I was 12."
Write your own epitaph:
"Father, husband, businessman, friend, citizen. He acted on those things larger than himself and did so with character, courage and compassion. He left things just a little better than he found them."
People you'd invite to your dream dinner party:
Bruce Springsteen, the Dalai Lama, Mahatma Gandhi and Will Ferrell
In whom do you confide when weighing professional decisions?
"My wife. She has excellent business instincts, a strong sense of ethics and knows very well my strengths, weaknesses and passions."
Your recreational best:
"I shot par 72 (in my 20s). My personal goal is to do it again before, well, you know..."
What's in your MP3 player?
"Van Morrison's Back on Top."
Favorite movie:
On the Waterfront
Leadership philosophy in a nutshell:
"Set direction: People seek it even when they don't ask. Expect excellence: Top people want to "do it right." Act with humility and optimism: Accept blame, deflect credit, and celebrate. Do these and you'll build loyalty among the A-grade people needed t
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