Tools of the Trades

Execs’ favorite office gadgets



Wireless Headset

Marc Baritz
Eagle Eye Promotions
White Plains

“I spend a lot of time on the phone, and my wireless headset allows me to take notes, work on the computer, etcetera, at the same time. It also keeps me from getting neck aches.”


Paula Mandell
Regional President
M&T Bank

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“My BlackBerry helps me stay in touch while I am out visiting customers or attending meetings. The ability to react to emails quickly helps to keep me ahead of the curve on customer or bank issues. It also allows me to handle my personal banking through the mobile banking capabilities.”


Sherry Bruck
Creative Director
Harquin Creative Group

“It has a big screen with a big keyboard. The Evernote app syncs up all my client notes. It plugs into my car radio to play all my favorite tunes. The map function acts as my GPS. I can check my e-mail, show clients websites, and take notes in meetings. It sorts all of my photo archives and acts as a digital slideshow for both vacation photos and business shots.”


Robert Cioffi
Managing Partner
Progressive Computing, Inc.

“I love my whiteboards! Aside from paper and pen, they’re really the only technology that can keep pace with a fast-moving, free-flowing brainstorming session. We use them often to capture ideas, explain concepts, and sketch plans. Colored pens are optional but very helpful.”

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Nerf Dart Gun And the Noisy Balloon Launcher

Steven Klapow
Vice President
Creative and Communications Services
Berlin, White Plains

“It’s our job to keep fresh ideas flowing. The dart gun invigorates the imagination and sparks
excitement when one of us decides to jump into another’s office and ambush the occupant with Nerf darts. Or, when the office is eerily quiet, it’s nice to punctuate the silence with a balloon that’s pumped full of air and then released. Each employee at Berlin has his or her own Nerf dart gun, and everyone keeps the guns locked and loaded! In second place behind these items is the screaming rubber chicken.”

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