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Executive profile: Lauris Ann Nance

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Lauris Ann Nance
CIO, Public Service Company of North Carolina Inc.
Gastonia, N.C.

Title: CIO

Company: Public Service Company of North Carolina Inc.

Location: Gastonia, N.C.

Industry: Natural gas utility

Educational background:

  • B.S., Biology, University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C.

    Years in IT: 25 years


  • 1998-present, CIO, PSNC Inc., Gastonia, N.C.
  • 1987-1998, vice president, Equifax Inc., Atlanta
  • 1985-1987, personnel recruiter, Atlanta
  • 1979-1985, IT business consultant, Cox Communications Inc., Atlanta
  • 1973-1979, software support representative, IBM Corp., Greenville, S.C.
  • 1972-1973, chemistry and mathematics instructor, Spartanburg Technical College, Spartanburg, S.C.

    Career advice: Be willing to take a risk. Success doesn’t come from taking a back seat.

    Best career advice ever received: Stop and ask, “So what?” Technical change and direction should be driven by business requirements.

    Career challenge: Preparing for acquisition by a company whose IT staff and environment is five times greater than our own.

    Solution: Demonstrating our successes, working to keep everyone informed when there are many unanswered questions, and helping the IT staff understand that they are marketable and should not be fearful of change.

    Technical architecture guiding principle: Don’t forget to apply some good old-fashioned common sense.

    Last two books read: Pop Goes the Weasel by James Patterson; and Fencing Master by Arturo Perez-Reverte

    Family: Husband John

    Last vacation: Castle B&B in the Scottish Highlands

    Hobbies: Reading mysteries, traveling, and raising orchids

    Favorite quote, saying or philosophy: “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…”

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