The Rooney File Featured

7:00pm EDT November 25, 2009

Born: Evergreen Park, Ill.

First Job: Bagged groceries in a grocery store

Whom do you admire most in the business world?

I don’t have a hero in the business world, not because there are not good people I run across, but you know you try to learn from the pluses and the minuses and every executive I’ve run across has got pluses and minuses so you try to learn from both. My true hero is my father. He’s the guy that gave me a work ethic and taught me pride and taught me ethics.

If you could be one superhero, which one would you be and why?

I don’t want to be a superhero. I just want to be an effective leader. Superheroes are not effective leaders.

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