Born: Knoxville, Tenn.
Education: Electrical engineering degrees from the University of Tennessee and Georgia Tech
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a ballplayer. I’m 3 inches too short and 50 pounds too light.
What was your first job as a kid, and what did you learn that still applies?
Carrying newspapers. I started very young I was 9 years old. [I learned] the importance of collections, the importance of getting paid.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
It comes back to the best advice is to focus and be good at something.
What’s your favorite movie and why?
‘Remember the Titans.’ I love team-based sports and those kinds of feel-good movies.
If you could have dinner with any three people from history, who would it be and why?
Mother Teresa, I would love to get to know her. There’s an example of someone extremely passionate and committed and focused on being the best at what she did and caring for others.
Another person that would be very intriguing would be one of the founding fathers of the country pick any one of them John Hancock understanding the building of a nation and the enormity of building a nation. I’d love to know if they really understood the enormity of what they were doing back then. It could be really interesting.
Harry Truman is a president that I’ve read a fair amount about, and I’m intrigued by his approach to solving problems and his ability to pull together a group of people and a team.