John J. Garing, 2010 Honoree

Title
Director for strategic planning and information
Employer
Defense Information Systems Agency
Location
Arlington,, Va.
First job:
"I carried out groceries and stocked shelves for seven years in high school and college at a Red Owl grocery store in St. Paul, Minn."
Most valuable career advice:
"Take care of people. Work hard. Never leave a job; always go to a job."
Would you advise young people to pursue an IT career?
"Absolutely. The pace of change and the impact IT has on society, business, government and our lives presents the types of challenges that are hard to find in another career area. A career in IT gives one the opportunity to make a difference in the world.
What's in your MP3 or CD player right now?
A wide variety, from country to classical
In high school, I was...
"Challenged. I went to an all-boys, Catholic, military school. It was a great experience."
Technology pet peeve:
"Technology for technology's sake. Solutions without needs. Sales hype."
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