The Blum file Featured

8:00pm EDT August 26, 2007

Place of birth: Cincinnati

Education: Notre Dame, bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering and arts

First Job: At Kirk & Blum, made blueprints

What is your favorite business book? ‘The World is Flat’ by Thomas Friedman

What is the most important business lesson you’ve learned?

My dad has an expression that says, ‘Don’t speak to be understood, but speak so that you’re not misunderstood.’

What has been your toughest business challenge?

Becoming COO of a public company after years of running it as a private family business

Blum on his leadership style: I am detail-oriented but not to a fault. I think that every individual has to be managed differently. If you have 10 people reporting to you, you have to deal with them differently.