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7:00pm EDT December 26, 2007

Born: Philadelphia

Education: Bachelor’s degree, English literature, University of Massachusetts, Boston; bachelor’s degree, accounting, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Moore on his career change: I was failing to write that great American novel, and I had stumbled into a hospital. I had worked in an accounting department in a hospital when I was putting myself through school the second time, so as I was out in Las Vegas not writing that novel, I needed to work and went back to a hospital job and wanted to advance from there, so I went back and got an accounting degree.

What’s the best business lesson you’ve learned?

Talk is all well and good, but execution is what matters at the end of the day.

What’s been your biggest business challenge?

I made a decision 10, 11 years ago to come out of the so-called security of a job working for a large company and go into business for myself. My partner and I borrowed quite a bit of money to do that and had to put personal assets as collateral. Just going through that whole process and understanding that you’re the last one to get paid is one of the more challenging things that I did, although it worked out well. It was stepping out of the comfort zone.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A rock star. Unfortunately, I can’t even carry a tune. You could tell me your favorite song, and I’d start singing it, and you wouldn’t recognize it.

What’s your favorite board game and why?

The one I made up when I was 11. I made up a card and dice baseball game, and that ranks up there with my unfinished novel. I also made up a card game that I think is pretty good, so I often thought that’d be a fallback career. One of these days I’ll go back and get that patented and manufactured. I’ve got a little Peter Pan in me ... anything to keep playing.