Born: Lancaster, Pa.
Education: Gettysburg College, bachelor’s degree, business and political science What has been your biggest business challenge?
It’s been being an entrepreneurial-spirited person in a big business kind of culture that was not entrepreneurial-spirited. It was like being in a box for a number of years.
The greatest thing to happen to solve that frustration was the management buyout we started in the fall of ’95. That was the greatest challenge and frustration in finding a way out of that big-company box.
What’s the most important business lesson you’ve learned?
You can’t let the lows drag you down. Hang in and persevere and battle through the difficult times and realize there’s always another day.
There’s always another alternative. There’s always another way that you can move on and solve some of the problems that you have and move on to some opportunities.
What was your first job?
My first job was delivering morning newspapers at 4:30 or 5 in the morning for a number of years seven days a week. Those were challenging days. I started doing that when I was 12 or 13.
What’s your favorite board game?
The only game I play with any frequency is checkers. I enjoy Monopoly, too I play it with the kids and grandkids.
Monopoly is business-oriented, and checkers is just a good competitive and strategic thing. I just enjoy both of those for the competitive nature.
Are you a sports guy?
I’ve always been. I played football and baseball in college. I’m still playing baseball, tennis, golf and basketball. I’m still doing all those things and trying to still feel like I’m a kid. My wife always wonders when I’m going to grow up, and I say never not until they put me in the box.