My First 90 Days As A New CIO
Heller, November 9th, 2022
November 18, 2022,
Volume 296, Issue 3

Tom Sweet, CIO of Industrial Refrigeration Pros, reflects on the initial three months of his first job as head of technology and security.

I set my career sights on becoming a CIO or a CTO many years ago. In 2019, I was a finalist for two C-level opportunities but was selected for neither one. I learned a lot from the experiences and am grateful for them. Though rejection feels lousy, it can also be a blessing. It is far worse to be selected for a role and then not fit in with the company culture or values.

Ultimately in 2022, a referral led to my first CIO opportunity at a private equity-backed venture. New to the Dallas-Fort Worth area and in need of an IT leader for this growing firm, the CEO reached out to an ERP consultant for some referrals.

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