Last night, the California Public Sector CIO Academy gave it’s prestigious 2015 IT Leadership Award to Cal OES employee Dominick Pedicino. This award recognizes an individual, who over the last year has demonstrated exceptional leadership, customer service and public stewardship. Their manager or supervisor through a nomination process submits candidate’s names from across the state to the Academy. The individuals nominated must have proven themselves to be exemplary in the areas of leading a team, serving the organization, implementing innovative solutions, and serving constituents.
Pedicino was honored and received the award at an event held yesterday evening at the Sheraton Grand in Sacramento. “Dominick is a proactive, positive, and very capable person within our organization,” as, described by Carla Simmons, Chief Information Officer for Cal OES. She also said, “He led what was not a visible, but very difficult high risk project known as the Active Directory.” The Active Directory project brought the domains of Public Safety Communications and Cal OES together, after the agencies merged to a single network. It is what allows a user to login and have access the network. “This particular project required a new learner, planning, and lots of testing,” added Simmons.
In addition to being surprised to receive such an award, Pedicino comments expressed gratitude. “I feel everyone in the unit deserved it,” he said. “Everyone works just as hard and it is a team effort. This is a great honor but I am just doing my job,” he replied. Pedicino credits his strong work ethic to owning and running his own software business for 15 years prior to coming to Cal OES. He was originally hired as a contractor and enjoyed working with the employees so much that he decided to come to work for Cal OES. “I would not want to work for any other state agency,” he said.
Since coming to Cal OES, Pedicino has worked on numerous projects. One of the more interesting and memorable projects was assisting in the Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. After the devastation left by the hurricane, Pedicino was deployed to the site to help set up networks in an effort to support the victims.
When asked what advice he would give others who aspire to receive such an award, Pedicino says, “Hard work, be willing to help anyone at anytime, and don’t ask just do.” He also believes in having a good role model. His role model is Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers. “Jackie set a goal and didn’t let anyone get in his way. He set his mind to something and achieved it, during a difficult time,” he replied.
This strong work ethic and role model seem to have given Pedicino an advantage in the career he has chosen to pursue. His colleagues and managers have definitely noticed these characteristics. As Simmons stated, “Dominick is the type of employee we look for at Cal OES, one with a can do attitude and willingness to complete any project to the best of his ability.” Congratulations!