Education: Graduated Xavier University, holds Doctorate of Letters degree from the College of Mount St. Joseph and Cincinnati Technical College
What was your first job, and what did you learn from it?
General Foods. I learned that I didn’t understand marketing at all.
Whom do you admire most and why?
I happen to be African-American, so all those people who it was against the law to teach, to read and write, who, notwithstanding, got degrees and got in positions of great education. I’m very humbled by them. So it would be that group of people who in the toughest times made the most out of their lives while many of us in the best of times don’t.
What’s your definition of success?
Doing the things you like and doing it well
What’s your favorite part of your job?
If your day is off to a bad start, how do you turn it around?
You don’t have bad days. The fact that you’re there and ambulatory and able to take on the problems is a good day. It’s how you look at it. You make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes. If things are going tough, be thankful that you have the opportunity to deal with them.
If you weren’t in your current position, what might you be doing instead?
I’d be a schoolteacher.