By The Bay has a very interesting interview with Tim Perrett, whose resume includes leading Scala teams at Verizon, and being a founding board member of the Scala Center.
A few good quotes from him at the beginning of the article: “Unlike many people in our industry, I left school at a young age and did not attend university. My first job was actually working in a factory. My modus operandi is that hard work and dedication can overcome any problem ... humility is something that enables one to be open to the ideas of others. To conclude: Listen, be humble, and roll up your sleeves.”