The McCoy File Featured

6:31am EDT February 28, 2006
Born: Grayson, Ky., 1949

Education: Bachelor’s degree, political science, Eastern Kentucky University; law degree, Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University

What’s the biggest business lesson you’ve learned?
The sun doesn’t shine seven days a week, 365 days a year. There are always issues and problems, and those who are successful treat the issues and problems as if the sun were shining.

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced, and how did you overcome it?
I was, by training, a lawyer, and was asked to take over a billion-dollar division of a chemical company that had seven business units. I nearly died of fright.

What I learned from that is you have to go in every day with an open mind and learn to work very hard to understand the details. The success of a business is in the details.

Whom do you admire most in business and why?
I admire every business leader that has had a vision and has been able to move the organization to understand the vision, share in and achieve the vision.

McCoy on his future plans: I’ll be here until I turn 65 or they throw me out. I’ve got the best job in America. ... It’s a rare opportunity to get to lead an organization like this.