Born: Long Island, N.Y.
Education: Bachelor’s degree, economics; MBA, Cornell University
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Shortstop for the New York Yankees I got to a certain level and could not hit very good curve balls so that was the end of that passion.
What was your first job?
Cutting lawns in the neighborhoods. I did that for a couple years in high school. You didn’t need any license or anyone to hire you. You could just knock on some doors and ask neighbors if they needed help taking care of their lawn. Like half the world, that was my first job. The other half had paper routes in those days.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
Trust your instincts. You’ll hear that often, but trust your instincts about people, about situations, about opportunities, and if you do that, you’ll generally be in a place that fits well with your own goals and objectives.
What’s your favorite board game and why?
Risk it’s a conquer the world. It takes some strategy. It takes some intelligence, I’d like to think, and at the end of the day, it takes some good rolls in dice, too. I played it a lot in college.
Whom do you admire most in business and why?
One of the guys I admire a lot is the founder of CheckFree. His name is Pete Kight. He founded the business by himself and grew it from his own little start-up business up to a company that was sold last year to Fiserv for $4.4 billion. Great guy to work for smart, visionary, worked great with people, great with customers and a very capable guy.