The Morey file Featured

8:00pm EDT July 26, 2010

Where were you born?

A hospital

And where was that hospital?

Hinsdale, Ill.

Education: I have a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University. I started back for my MBA on a couple of occasions, and every time I sit down and start looking at the course material, I just kind of chuckle and say, ‘OK, well, I’m doing that already.’

What was your first job?

My very first job was delivering newspapers then cutting grass. At 15, I started working here in the factory and my first job was sweeping floors and cleaning toilets. I assure you that at 15, cleaning a women’s toilet in a factory is a real eye-opener.

When did you decide you wanted to join the family business?

Actually that goes back to when I was 13 years old. I remember my dad and my grandfather sitting around the kitchen table at night just talking about the business. And for some reason I don’t really understand, I just decided at a very early age that that’s what I wanted to do. Most of what I have done since that point in time has been aimed at being a part of the business and one day being able to run the business. I never wanted to be an astronaut, never wanted to be a fireman. This is all I ever wanted to do.

Whom do you admire most and why?

Probably my dad (Richard Morey, chairman of The Morey Corp.) He’s the most honest man I’ve ever met in my life. He truly does care about other people, sacrifices himself for others. He’s a great father, great husband. I learned that he’s a great leader as I started to work here in the business. He’s just an all-around great guy.

What’s your definition of success?

Becoming the best me that I can be.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

Helping us figure out how to do something better. Or really pleasing the customer. Or seeing that we’ve succeeded in doing something.

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

Always do the best you can. Always tell the truth. If you can be happy with the man in the mirror, then you’ve got a pretty good shot at having a good life; if he thinks you’re a dirt bag, then you’re in trouble.

Your workday is off to a bad start. How do you turn it around?