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Jeff Hughes, CIO, Brighthouse Financial IT career advice: Pursue your passion — but learning effective written and oral communication skills is vital today even for a career in technology. "Can't live without" apps: Live ATC, which broadcasts air traffic control coordinates, and Flight Radar 24, which displays locations of generally commercial aircraft. When you run them at the same time you feel like you are your own mini air traffic controller. Favorite local IT resources: North Carolina Technology Association. Fun personal fact: My father built airplanes when I was growing up, which inspired me to become a private pilot in Chicago. I'm hoping to get flying again here in Charlotte. Rishi Bhatnagar, CEO, Syntelli Solutions IT career advice: Follow your passion. Be curious. Continue to learn. Pick up on things that tickle your aptitude and approach. "Can't live without" apps: Microsoft Suite (Microsoft To-Do, adaptation from Wunderlist), Wall Street Journal, Skype and Audible for audiobooks. Favorite local IT resources: Analytics & Big Data Society (www.abdsociety. org), Ballantyne IT Professionals. Fun personal fact: I love to hike. I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro two years ago with my daughter, and a few weeks ago climbed the Inca Trail with my entire family. Dr. Valerie Truesdale, CTO, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools IT career advice: Find your passion and go work in that field; then, you will never feel tired. "Can't live without" apps: Google Apps for Education. Favorite local IT resources: Charlotte Area Technology Collaborative, Ballantyne IT Professionals and Charlotte Digital Inclusion Alliance. Fun personal fact: I love ACC basketball! There's no other place to live than the Carolinas if you are an ACC basketball fan, and I am a Carolina girl. Answers in a Nanosecond Live ATC Google Classroom Gmail Microsoft To-Do Skype Flight Radar 24 Google Drive Google Calendar Wall Street Journal Audible

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