Tony J. Bender, 2010 Honoree

Vice president, CIO
Alberto Culver Co.
Melrose Park,, Ill.
Most valuable career advice:
"A promise made is a debt unpaid."
Favorite vice:
Cherry Garcia ice cream
Would you advise young people to pursue an IT career?
"Yes. The view is great from IT leadership."
Favorite gadget:
"BlackBerry. Love it and hate it."
Leadership philosophy in a nutshell:
"Build a great team, provide a vision, provide clear direction, hold people accountable, expect results, trust with verification."
Ask me to do anything but...
"administrative work."
Passion outside of work:
"Anything outdoors, especially on the water."
Recreational best:
"A mile-and-three-quarters run in 8 minutes, 45 seconds."
In high school, I was...
a cross-country runner.
Technology pet peeve:
"Stealth IT projects initiated, funded and managed by the business without any IT involvement."
A recent great read:
Siddhartha, by Herman Hesse


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