Richard C. Wells, 2009 Honoree

Director, corporate IT
Syracuse Research Corp.
Syracuse, N.Y.
Most valuable career advice:
"From my father. Simply put, ?Pick up the ball and run with it.'"
What do you love about IT?
"Enabling technology for people and watching them light up."
Best mentoring relationship:
"My current manager, Polly Fuller, who is executive vice president of finance."
People you'd invite to your dream dinner party:
"Great people who would really be impressed with where we are today: My mom, Benjamin Franklin, Leonardo Da Vinci and Thomas Edison."
Passion outside of work:
"My family, and of course, IT. It's a hobby as well as my career!"
Favorite sport:
What's in your MP3 player?
"A Jazz mix."
Twenty years ago, I was ...
"Working with the IBM 8088 and IBM System 36."
Favorite ice cream flavor:
Chocolate marshmallow
Favorite book:
The Talisman, by Stephen King and Peter Straub
Leadership philosophy in a nutshell:
"Strive for passion, excellence and enjoyment in everything! Be passionate about the potential of the people surrounding you, commit to making them shine. Empower business passion, and keep each employee focused on their passions by providing agile, stra
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