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This year's HR's Rising Stars offer some fun facts, such as their dream dinner partners, best concert they ever saw and their first job.

Thursday, July 1, 2010
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Adam Malamut

Vice President - Human Capital Planning, Analytics and Development

Marriott International, Inc.

What actor/actress would play you in a movie?  

Preferred -- Sean Penn.  More likely -- Gilbert Gottfried.

What was the best concert you ever saw? 

Phish: New Year's Eve 2000 -- Big Cypress Millennium Show 

What was your first job? 

Making pizzas at a restaurant. 

What is your guilty pleasure? (For example, celebrity magazines, chocolate, shopping, Belgian beer, speeding up at yellow lights) 

Playing with Star Wars LEGOs (usually with my 6-year-old son, Noah).

Name three people (living or dead) that you would most like to have dinner with? 

George Lucas, Pablo Picasso, my grandfather (Russell Malamut)

What is your favorite holiday? 

Tie between Halloween and Thanksgiving.  As a psychologist by training, I enjoy learning about people's personalities -- nothing is more telling than how one chooses to dress for a Halloween party.  Also, I'm from a big family and we make it a priority to get together and party on Thanksgiving.  

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Nancy Wolfe

Vice President of Human Resources-Vegetable Seeds Division

Monsanto, St. Louis 

What actress would play you in a movie?

Reese Witherspoon (with brown hair)

What was the best concert you ever saw? 

Barry Manilow in Las Vegas

What was your first job? 

Detasseling corn in central Illinois

What is your guilty pleasure? (For example, celebrity magazines, chocolate, shopping, Belgian beer, speeding up at yellow lights) 

People watching / celebrity sighting

Name three people (living or dead) that you would most like to have dinner with?  

Oprah Winfrey, Martin Luther King Jr., Warren Buffet

What is your favorite holiday? 

Christmas

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Kevin Close

Vice President of Global Compensation and Benefits

EMC Corp., Hopkinton, Mass.

What actor would play you in a movie?  

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What was the best concert you ever saw?  

"The Band" 1983 reunion 

What was your first job?

Age 12: picking produce on a farm,

First job after high school: Union Laborer working construction at a nuclear power plant 

What is your guilty pleasure? (For example, celebrity magazines, chocolate, shopping, Belgian beer, speeding up at yellow lights) 

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Name three people (living or dead) that you would most like to have dinner with?  

Ronald Reagan, Bill Gates, Jerry Garcia 

What is your favorite holiday?

Thanksgiving, no gifts required

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Prasad Setty, director of people analytics and compensation at Google Inc. in Mountain View, Calif. and Tana Cashion, vice president of human resources at Devon Energy in Oklahoma City, declined to participate.

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