2015 C-Suite Awards presented by Venue & Lead Magazine
What is the most challenging aspect of being leader?
I think it’s creating a friendly, challenging atmosphere for work so that people can work as a team and everyone respects each other and provides production to the company.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
I went to my nephew’s graduation and the speaker there was going to deliver his message so he got up in front of the graduating class and he quoted Winston Churchill. He said, ‘Never, never, never quit.’ The speaker then excused himself and sat down. I think that was great advice for the graduating class and it’s certainly good advice for me.
What aspects of your personality have contributed to your success?
Respect for others, patience and a can-do attitude.
How do you think your employees would describe you?
I think you would have to ask them that to get the whole truth. But I was told recently that they like the way include everybody in the corporation no matter what position they might hold. We work as a team, and the receptionist is just as important to the organization as the executives are.
What aspect of your company are you most passionate about?
Mentoring all the young individuals. I’ve been around for a while so I get a lot of satisfaction in helping other people to establish their goals and be successful. The more successful they become the more productive they are and the more profit we make for the company.
What is the craziest thing you have ever done?
I had a friend who had a vineyard in Sonoma County, California. He talked me into buying a goat farm that was adjacent to his vineyard. I have now planted a vineyard in Sonoma County and I think that is the craziest, most risky thing I’ve ever done.