2015 C-Suite Awards presented by Venue & Lead Magazine
What is the most challenging aspect of being leader?
I would guess the most challenging aspect of being a leader is the fact that you’ve got to be very careful not to wear your emotions on your sleeves. You’re always being watched and even when things are going wrong or not as you’d like, you have to keep enthusiastic and positive and make certain that everyone else in your organization feels the same way and acts the same way.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
The best advice I’ve ever received – actually there’s two pieces. First, the harder you work the luckier you get. Then the more serious one is, back in college a professor of mine shared with me how important it is to be a good writer. I believe that being able to write well is important regardless of what business or profession you’re in. I see some brilliant and very qualified people who simply cannot write and it’s mind boggling sometimes, because these are great people from great schools and they just can’t write. It’s too bad.
What aspects of your personality have contributed to your success?
I would like to think that I’m honest, high character and I like to have fun. There’s obviously a time and a place for everything but I enjoy having a good laugh and it really helps you through the day.
How do you think your employees would describe you?
That’s always difficult because how you are perceived is sometimes different from how you think you are perceived. But I would like to think that they view me as hardworking, dedicated, focused, fair, and also someone who likes to have some fun, because when you’re in the workplace there’s nothing wrong with having some fun as long as you understand that there is a time and a place for everything.
What aspect of your company are you most passionate about?
I am most passionate about two things. First, the people in our organization. I spent a number of years with Procter & Gamble and I was told early on that the most important aspect of your organization is your people. Second, doing things efficiently. In this day and age if you can’t do things efficiently you aren’t going to be in business very long. So, having great people and being efficient.
What is the craziest thing you have ever done?
Probably it was just a couple months ago. I was in Antartica. I jumped in the ocean and it was very cold and very crazy.