Born: I was born in a small Georgia town called Woodbury population 1,200.
Education: Georgia Tech, bachelor of science degree, civil engineering
What has been your biggest business challenge?
Always the biggest challenge is finding the best people possible to fill the roles. It’s a service organization. All you’re selling is your people, so you have to have the best people possible to be successful.
What’s the most important business lesson you’ve learned?
Never get so conceited that you believe that you’ll always be successful. You have to accept that there’s some bumps in the road. Not everything goes as one may dream. The economy will go against you. 9/11 will happen. Things that will happen, you will have no control over, and you have to be able to manage yourself through those times.
What was your first job?
When I was 11 years old, I was paid 11 cents an hour putting peach baskets down a chute, and after three weeks I was fired because the guy said I was not serious enough about my job. It had such a serious impact on me losing that job that I have made sure that never in my life that, that ever happened to me again. To be honest, that was a very driving issue with me from that point.
What’s your favorite game and why?
My favorite game today is that thing called Sudoku. I find great pleasure in sitting and doing that because, being an engineer, I enjoy working with the numbers and making them all line up. Anything that’s challenging is what I enjoy.