Born: Ocala, Fla.
Education: Bachelor of science, accounting, Florida State University
What’s the best business lesson you’ve learned?
There is one thing that I’ve learned from Ray Anderson (founder of Interface). Ray Anderson doesn’t know the word ‘no.’ He’s got so much determination to succeed. It really is about staying the course. He’s got so much true grit around his commitment to the vision. You really have to have commitment to whatever you’re embarking on. I learned from Ray Anderson that you just don’t take that answer. You go take that hill; you go take that mountain. ... Ray had this very purposeful visionary approach to things, and when you didn’t quite think you could get there, Ray always said we could get there and we could always win. You’ve got to be positive, and you’ve got to have that winning attitude. You’ve got to have that true grit, and I learned that from Ray.
What was your first job?
Flipping hamburgers at McDonald’s at 15 years old
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a coach. My major in college was physical education. I wanted to be a high school football and basketball coach. I went all the way through college with one quarter left before I graduated, and then I changed to accounting my last quarter and decided I wanted to be in business. I didn’t see how I was going to be able to support myself going through physical education. My dad kept hammering that into my head ‘You’re going to be broke your whole life are you sure you want to go to college and end up being a phys-ed coach?’
I changed majors into accounting and got out in about a year and a half and went into public accounting and never really looked back.