Name: James Dillon
Military Branch/Rank: U.S. Marine Corps/Colonel
Job Title: Vice President/Team Manager, Executive Programs Public Sector Team
Office Location: Arlington, VA
Describe your job in 25 words or less: I have the privilege of leading a team of highly skilled and professional Executive Partners who support our Executive Programs members in the U.S. Federal Government.
How has your military background helped you excel in your current career? While serving for more than 28 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, I worked with many people from different backgrounds and cultures, learning how to harness the best in everyone. I also served as a CIO at many levels of the Defense Department, including some of the largest DoD organizations, so in my current role at Gartner I understand our members’ needs and challenges.
What originally attracted you to Gartner? I was a Gartner ExP client for 5 years and thoroughly enjoyed the resources available to me. I was also always impressed with Gartner’s mission and the professionalism of the Gartner team I worked with, so when I left the Marine Corps I wanted to be part of the Gartner team.
What is your favorite part about working for Gartner? I enjoy the spirit of collaboration and the professionalism of the Gartner team. It makes working at Gartner very pleasurable.
What has been your proudest moment at Gartner? My proudest moment has been helping our members solve a challenge.
What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most? I enjoy working with my team, seeing how they work with their clients and the creativity and value they bring to their role.
What advice would you give to recent new hires? Get to know as many of your fellow Gartner teammates as possible, regardless of what business unit they are in, as they will be able to help you better understand Gartner and what we do. They’ll also be able to help you solve challenges in the future. And it’s fun getting to know all the different people who work for Gartner.
If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be and why? I would love to talk to George Washington because I find him to be such an incredibly selfless person whose force of personality and leadership skills helped form our country.
If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it? “One Heck of a Ride!” I view my life as an exciting ride, being able to enjoy as many different experiences as possible so when I am an old man sitting in my rocking chair I’ll look back on my life and say “That was one heck of a ride!”
What is one thing unique about you that people would be surprised if they knew? I have been to 6 of the 7 continents.
Favorite Quote or Personal Mantra: “What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly” Thomas Paine