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8:00pm EDT July 26, 2008

Born: Born in Evanston, Ill.; grew up in Kenilworth, Ill.

Whom do you admire most in business and why?

My parents. They instilled in me the fundamental value of treating everyone with respect. They believed doing that would infuse leadership and vision and bring success in business.

What was your very first job?

Camp counselor at summer sports camp when I was in eighth grade; I also had subsequent jobs as an umpire in baseball and as my own snow shoveling service.

What is the best business advice you’ve ever received?

Everybody is just as smart as you are. If you see something, assume everybody sees it, as well.

If you could be anyone else, who would you be?

Bruce Springsteen. He inspires passion and taps into emotions by articulating the fundamental elements of the human condition. He’s also had a successful career doing what he loves.