Place of birth: Chicago
Education: University of Michigan, bachelor’s degree; Loyola University, law degree
First job: Practiced real estate law in a small Chicago firm
Whom do you admire most in business and why?
Larry Levy, founder of Levy Restaurants. I’ve learned the concepts of passion and nice from him and seen them come to life in the leader of a company who has a can-do attitude and an amazing positive spirit.
What are your favorite business books?
“Setting the Table” by Danny Meyer; “Good to Great” by Jim Collins
What has been your most important business lesson?
Surround yourself with great people.
What are the three most important leadership characteristics a CEO should possess?
Vision, set and lead by example, and a sense of humor. It humanizes a CEO.
How would you describe your leadership style?
I am collaborative, tough and fair. I have a ‘lead, follow or get out of the way’ mentality.