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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.

Angelo Valletta: When Inspiration Strikes

At least a few times a week, Angelo Valletta, SVP and CIO of Sun National Bank, tweets an inspirational quote out to his followers. Valletta has been compiling these quotes for years, he says, noting that while many are by famous figures, some are sayings his mother used to remind him to be on his best behavior when he was younger. Below are five of his favorite quotes. -- J.C.

"Every day give more than you receive and treat others better than you would like to be treated."

--Mary Valletta, Angelo's mother

"You were born with two ears and one mouth -- listen twice as much as you speak."


"The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence."

--Vince Lombardi

"You get the best out of others when you give the best of yourself." --Anonymous

"It is not the situation, but whether we react (negative) or respond (positive) to the situation that is important." -- Zig Ziglar

[ELITE 8 2012: Angelo Valletta Remains Prepared and Proactive to Take Banking to the Next Level]

Bill Pappas: The Other Football

Bank of America's Bill Pappas, CIO for global wholesale banking technology and operations, grew up in soccer-mad Athens, Greece, so it's no surprise that he has been rooting for Athens club Olypiacos F.C. since he was a child. His love for The Red-Whites, as they're known, caused some sibling tensions, though: According to Pappas, his brothers became supporters of Olympiacos's hated cross-town rival, Panathinaikos. (Think Cubs-White Sox, but with a lot more vitriol.) While living in England for seven years, Pappas also adopted Manchester United as his English Premier League team. A proud father, Pappas has passed his passion for soccer down to his daughters, ages 10 and 14. -- Bryan Yurcan

[ ELITE 8 2012: Bill Pappas Reduces, Rebuilds, and Replaces to Move BofA Merrill Lynch Forward]

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