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10:47am EDT April 27, 2006
Born: Akron, Ohio

Education: Bachelor of science, communication, Ohio University

What is the biggest business challenge you’ve faced, and how did you overcome it?
Taking over as CEO of Myers was the biggest challenge to date. I don’t know that I’ve overcome it yet, but I’m working on it. When you get to the position where you are actually in charge of the whole operation, which has 5,300 employees, it does put some responsibility on you.

I do work fairly long hours to try to make sure that I am up to speed on what is going on and what needs to be done. I spend a lot of time thinking about where we are going in the future and hopefully, we have been successful so far. As we go forward, I think that is probably the biggest challenge I have — how do we keep Myers continuing to grow profitably?

What is the most important business lesson you’ve learned?
People are probably the most important thing. It really does mean a lot having the right people in the right jobs. It’s really not bad people; it just might be the wrong person in a particular job.

Having the courage to step up to that, because not only is it the right thing to do for the company, but it’s the right thing to do for the employees — to point out where their strengths and weaknesses are and helping them to get better. It might mean making a potential change in their job position to do that. I think that is very critical.