Sabrina Copp is CIO at Strayer University. This Reston, VA native’s favorite lunch spot is Busara and she vacations inBelize. The advice Sabrina would offer the 20 year old version of herself is "Always cultivate and evolve your brand, being cognizant and open to outside perception. Strive to take thesmart risks that allow you to continue to obtain those key opportunities that make you happy and build your desired career path.” Sabrina sees artificial intelligence as the the biggest technological trend shaping her industry. She is probably not alone in that view.
Jeff Carbonella is the CTO at red hot DC start-upContactually. Jeff is from Staten Island, lunches at Chopt and hits Costa Rica for vacation. Advice he’d give himself when he was 20, “It's OK to not have a post-college path figured out. Stay open-minded and embrace adventure and good things will come.” And the technological trend shaping his industry: "Machine learning, specifically deep neural networks.” We think we know what that means. Catch Jeff on Twitter:@jeffcarbs.
Trending 40 honoree Eric Schvimmer is the CTO and Head of Engineering at Bloomberg Media. A Virginia native, Eric hits Noodles on 11 for lunch and goes “any place warm” for vacation. We hear that. Best advice for 20 year old Eric would be "Become well versed in the fudmentals of software engineering and find a great mentor.” Biggest technological trend? He wishes it were only one, but forced to choose says "5G, it will change everything.” We can’t wait! Follow Eric @eschvimmer
Bristol, Indiana native and Ellucian SVP and CIO Lee Congdon is one of our Trending 40 honorees. Lee likes theCapital Grille for lunch and prefers the slopes of Utah over the sand of Florida. His advice to 20 year old Lee: "Stay focused on the things that are really important!" (Hmmm…) And the he sees "Automation driven by artificial intelligence” as reshaping his industry. (And maybe everythig?)
Follow Lee: @lcongdon
Leesburg native Dennis Arndt is CTO at RainKing Solutions. For lunch he hits Jetties in Bethesda and for vacation prefers his brothers boat on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire (nice spot!). He would tell the 20 year old Dennis to "Listen more, talk less.” And the trend he sees: "The converging of sales and marketing intelligence data companies with data analytics companies especially those that focus on sales and marketing. Case in point, Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn.” Catch him on Twitter @pseli
Greenville, Ohio native Douglas Neff is CIO at MicroStrategy. This honorees keeps it real with lunches at Rubino’s Pizzeriaand vacations in Myrtle Beach. Advice for 20 year old Doug? "Don’t forget to have fun. Be as active as you can be and bring your friends along. Travel, play, volunteer, and socialize. Career and family demands will crowd in before you know it.” That sounds about right. The trend he says is reshaping his industry: "The refactoring of software products for AWS and force.com is transforming the software industry. This is not only a technological trend, but also a commercial trend that allows on-demand consumption of software.” Follow Doug @NeffDouglas