Born: Greensburg, Pa.
Education: Bachelor’s degree, Xavier University; master’s degree, The Ohio State University; law degree, Chase Law School at Northern Kentucky University
What was your first job? Busboy at York Steak House
What is the most important business lesson you have learned?
If you are not honest, there’s going to be a price to pay. I’m not talking about myself having been dishonest, but I’m saying that people who are not honest with themselves or each other will seriously damage a business and the morale of a company. The higher up in leadership you get, the more it is an absolute imperative that you are above reproach and known to be a person of honesty and integrity.
Don’t forget that business isn’t just about relationships and service, it’s about competition, but always behave in an ethical manner. It sets a tone with your employees and customers and gets results.
What is the best business advice you’ve received?
Every once in awhile, you’ve got to be willing to take a risk. The higher that careers soar and the sizes of companies grow, people are inclined to become more resistant and to do things more intuitively that they think might have a great reward. It’s a fact: The greater the risk, the greater the reward. Don’t be afraid to take a risk.
Fast facts about First Transit:
- Part of FirstGroup America, owned by Scotland-based FirstGroup
- Created in 1999 after FirstGroup acquired Ryder Public Transportation Services
- Operates in 235 locations in 45 states, Canada and Puerto Rico with 6,700 buses that travel 260 million fleet miles annually