As I get older, I realize that I’m pretty much a product of my upbringing and my generation (Gen X), though I hate labelling others in that way. I’ve been happily married to my best friend Lisa for almost 20 years, and enjoy every day with my 5 children, 1 grand-child, 2 dogs and about 25 fish. I’ve been re-invigorated in my IT career several times and am so excited to make an impact on the lives and livelihood of colleagues. This carries over to the amazing company I work for as well. I’m the CIO of a really cool engineering design and manufacturing company in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex in Texas. Securing their network against persistent threats is an every-day challenge. As an IT leader, I work very hard to maintain a balance between technical savvy, business and financial responsibility (especially aligning IT with company strategy), and the long-term development of my people. I find this challenging, exciting, and very rewarding.