Bill Martin, 2015 Honoree

Royal Caribbean Cruises
Miramar, Fla.
Career highlight:
I started working at Royal Caribbean 31 years ago -- as a reservations agent in the call center. That's pretty much unheard of in our modern job-hopping world, especially for someone with my current title.
Coolest project:
Low and medium Earth orbit satellites that are bringing land-like Internet capacity to ocean-going ships. It is a legacy project.
What's your boldest prediction for IT in the next five years?
Virtually everything will be cloud-compatible.
Biggest tech flop and success of 2014:
Flop: The smartwatch. Success: The Nest thermostat.
How have you surprised your CEO?
I sat in a large room with him and several other executives, all of whom said they agreed with an idea he had. When he asked if anyone disagreed, I was the only one who raised a hand.
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