Roy M. Mentkow, 2010 Honoree

Director, Department of Technology
City of Roanoke
Roanoke,, Va.
First job:
"Selling pretzels on the streets of New York City."
Most valuable career advice:
"When things that you cannot control are not going well, don't worry. Things always change."
Favorite vice:
Good cigars and good whiskey
Would you advise young people to pursue an IT career?
"Yes! The opportunities in this country will return. Don't go into the IT field unless solving problems and continuous change appeal to you. And don't forget that your customers need you to be a partner, not just a service provider or an IT guru."
Ask me to do anything but...
"anything immoral, illegal or unethical."
In high school, I was...
"an underachiever."
A recent great read:
The Castle in the Forest, by Norman Mailer
Favorite TV show:
Breaking Bad
What's the most interesting thing people don't know about you?
"My bachelor's degree is in sociology."
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