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2012 ELITE 8: Recharging the Batteries

In today's highly charged banking environment, the pressure on technology executives can be extreme. Here's how some of this year's Elite 8 leaders balance their work and personal lives.

Charlie Lai: Capturing a Moment in Time

In his off time, Charlie Lai, EVP and CIO at Fairwinds Credit Union, is a freelance photographer. He specializes in sports, aviation and travel photography, and attends dozens of air shows around Florida each year.

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"It's a lot like what I do at work," Lai says of his second career. "It's trying to capture a moment that someone will find interesting. When it comes to what we do at Fairwinds, it's about doing something that's interesting for the member."

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Lai also enjoys the opportunity to travel that his photography affords him. Last year he photographed in Hawaii and Yellow Stone National Park. -- Jon Camhi

[ELITE 8 2012: Charlie Lai Overachieves in the Name of the Customer]

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