AN AVID MAKER OF LISTS AND PROPONENT OF NEVER SAYING “I”, BILL POLITO LEADS THE EFFORT TO GIVE INNOVATIVE THE FINANCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE IT NEEDS TO GROW.
In his relatively short time at Innovative -- he joined the company in 2012 -- Bill has added more understanding to the role finance plays, developing a framework to support the fast-paced change Innovative leads.
Bill is no stranger to a fast pace. After graduating from the University of Dayton, he began a storied career in finance at an optics company, spending 23 years in finance as a director, Vice President, and then CFO. The pressures of a global organization, and the nonstop travel that came with it, would have led anyone to insanity, but instead led Bill to running.
A frequent marathoner with countless races under his belt, Bill enjoys long runs in the company of others on the weekends, but prefers solo noontime runs during the week, where he can quiet his mind to find clarity and focus -- and often solve whatever puzzles had him perplexed in the office.
Finance and running aren’t the only two places Bill has challenged himself. Incredibly shy as a kid, Bill knew early on that he’d have to push himself out of his comfort zone and take some chances if he wanted to succeed in working with people. Today, what he loves most about the shift to Innovative is that it’s a people industry, where the matrix and KPIs are less about the hard sell and more about the people.
His belief in a team effort and constantly supporting and mentoring each other is what he believes is the difference in Innovative being able to lead the change in the IT market.
While he’s found professional success through leading companies and having the opportunity to mentor others, his personal fulfillment has come from his family -- his wife and two daughters -- his running, and what he hopes to soon be able to claim success in: golfing.
When he’s not honing those golf skills, you can likely find Bill exploring new places. His former role afforded Bill the opportunity to see the world. Today, travel remains a way of life as he and his wife explore new countries and visit their daughters. (He’s a self-proclaimed master of the selfie stick.)
If you ask Bill, the difference between companies that are successful and those that are not is this: Successful companies don’t follow; they make the market. He’s proud to be helping the people at Innovative do just that.