Vito Melfi, 2010 Honoree

Vice president, IT operations
Gevity HR Inc.
Bradenton,, Fla.
Most valuable career advice:
"Learn the business process as well as the technology. If you receive a request and provide a service, you're basically an order-taker. But if you understand the end users' business needs, you become a valued partner."
Recreational best:
"My current golf handicap index is 5; it's been as low as 3. I had the good fortune to win the FedEx Golf Challenge (the amateur version of the prestigious FedEx Cup) at the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in Palm Harbor, Fla."
Technology pet peeve:
"An overengineered solution whereby technology is applied for the sake of technology rather than with a business solution in mind."
What's the most interesting thing people don't know about you?
"I earned the Eagle Scout award at the age of 13."
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