Born: Livingston, N.J.
Education: Bachelor of science degree in finance, Lehigh University
What has been the best advice you have ever received?
Do the right thing. Always do the right thing.
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your career?
I think having the courage to follow a dream. I went off and started my own business, and that took a lot of courage and guts and sanity. But I think I’m glad I did it.
As a kid, what was your first job?
My first job was paving driveways for money in the summer in high school. Very glamorous, right?
What did you learn from that job that still applies today?
If you work hard and harder than anybody else, you can be successful.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to play basketball for the New York Knicks. I wasn’t even close. But if they ever call me, I’m going.
What is your favorite board game and why?
Monopoly. It’s just an interesting combination of strategy, and I just like the strategy of it.
With more than 2,000 franchisees, the Roark Capital Group portfolio includes such brands as Cinnabon, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Schlotzsky’s Deli, Seattle’s Best Coffee, McAlister’s Deli, Carvel, Primrose Schools, PSC Info Group, Money Mailer, BatteriesPlus, DX Marketing and FASTSIGNS, among others.