What was your very first job? Stock boy, A&P stores
Whom do you admire most in business and why?
Jack Welch, former chairman of GE, I’ve always been intrigued with his leadership style, I like the way he built things, loved his philosophy on how you evaluate people.
What is the best piece of business advice you’ve ever received?
No matter what your dream is, whatever it is you want to do, never give up on it. What I have found is people who have always lived to regret it.
If you could be one superhero, which one would you be and why?
I’m not sure what a superhero is exactly, but I’ll tell you my answer is Muhammad Ali. Here’s a guy who gave up everything he had because he really believed in his values. How many people do you think would give up everything they had because of a belief? I think the list would be pretty short.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced in business?
The biggest thing that you face is when you have an individual at the company who clearly has the ability and has demonstrated it over and over again to bring in business yet doesn’t share the values of the firm.
At the end of the day, the tough call you have to make as a leader is what do you have to do with that individual? What I’ve done is I’ve tried to counsel a little bit, but I’ve made it pretty clear it’s not going to be tolerated. So you have to make the decision that if someone is not going to believe and embrace the value system, they have to leave. It’s as simple as that, and to the extent that has an impact on production, so be it. I think having that person around is really like a cancer to what you’re building and creating, so you have to make a tough decision and let them go. I would tell you I make an effort to see if somebody will change, and if not, tell them to move on.