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Put pay in perspective

C. Richard Reese urges you to be worth more than your employer is paying you

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When C. Richard Reese joined the U.S. Army, he never expected that the experience would put him on a path that eventually led to his becoming CEO of a $986 million information management company. Today, as head of Iron Mountain Inc., he oversees nearly 11,000 employees from its Boston headquarters.

A native of Union, S.C., Reese’s unusual career path includes earning a master’s degree in engineering as well as his stint in the Army.

WS: How did your Army experience affect your career?

Reese: When I became an engineer, it was too slow and boring for me. So I went into the Army expecting to get sent to Vietnam. But I was sent to Germany at the last minute and dropped into a major spot, a position way over my rank of second lieutenant. I was 22, managing 20-year Army veterans, E-6s, E-7s (senior non-commissioned officers). And I liked it.

WS: Why did the Army make you a major?

Reese: They were shipping field-grade officers to V...(register to read more)

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