The Grill: Clifford Gronauer

Soon after Clifford Gronauer took the CIO post at the Missouri State Highway Patrol in 2001, he realized the agency needed a major technology overhaul to better support the 10,000 workers using its various applications. So he and his team decided to replace all five of the organization's major systems, which are used for computer-aided dispatch, mobile client needs, records management, the statewide message switch and managing criminal history information.

Clifford Gronauer

What are your career highlights? Former chairman of the Audrain County Emergency Services Board, which manages the county's joint communications and 9-1-1 services, and adjunct faculty member at Columbia College in Missouri.

What's the most promising technology on the horizon? Speech recognition.

What do you do in your spare time? Golfing and gardening.

What's the best piece of advice you've ever received? Your best career choice is to not always follow the money.