Vice President IT & Chief Information Officer
Believing in the possibilities and benefits information technology brings to the business world and to our everyday lives is what drives Kyle Korzenowski. As CIO, he ensures Hallmark Business Connections is applying IT to achieve business success.
We get to apply technology that enables people to be more easily recognized and rewarded. What could be better than that?
What business accomplishment are you most proud of?
Looking back over the course of my 25-year career, I'd say it was the collective accomplishment of repeated teamwork. It hasn't always been easy, but it has always been rewarding. I'm proud of basing all of it on building relationships.
What was the best advice you ever got about business?
On my first job, a senior manager pulled me aside and said, "When in doubt, keep your mouth closed and just listen. Don't think you always have to be speaking to sound smart or that you may have all the answers." I took that to heart and make it a practice every day.
Why are you passionate about your job at Hallmark?
I love getting things done through technology. It is the application of technology to capitalize on business opportunities or solve business problems that drives me. At Hallmark Business Connections, this means applying technology to strengthen connections between employees, businesses and customers, and better connections benefit business for everyone involved.
What inspires you?
At work, it's collaborating with clients, potential clients and partners to gain perspectives and identify opportunities on the use of technology that benefit all sides - a technological win-win! Outside of work, it's the great outdoors.
What do you think is the biggest challenge for businesses today?
Focus. How does a business deal with the ever-increasing stream of data and use it to its greatest advantage? The answer is focus - applying energy to research and finding opportunities to distill actionable insight from raw data.
I like working on cars. I have a '69 Mustang Mach 1, but I also enjoy working on my family's daily cars. IT has an ethereal aspect. Working on cars appeals to me for its tangible, physical nature. I like knowing how things work. I also thrive in the outdoors - fishing, canoeing, hiking and biking. Being outside recharges my batteries.