Education: Bachelor’s degree in accounting, Northern Illinois University; MBA in finance, Loyola University Chicago; conferred CPA in Illinois
What is the most important business lesson you’ve learned?
Never to underestimate the willingness of your staff to go above and beyond to accomplish agreed-upon objectives. ... When you hire the right people, they will go the extra mile for all the right reasons.
What is your definition of success?
Basically, whether it’s in life or in business, I think it’s just successful accomplishment of your goals. Being a good human being, being a mentor, whether it’s through your children or business. And going to bed at night knowing full well that you’ve taken personal responsibility for your life, whether it’s on the personal side or you’ve taken personal responsibility for the interest of your stakeholders in the company.
Whom do you admire most in business and why?
I don’t have a single person. I really have a great appreciation for the people that actually do the work in our company and in our customers’ companies. My father was a machinist for 44 years in Chicago, my father-in-law was a carpenter, and people that actually do the work and provide for their families … really are the ones that I admire.
What is the favorite part of your job?
Celebrating success with the team, accomplishment of the goals, getting out there in the field, presenting awards to top performers just overall celebration of successes is the best part of my job. Also, No. 2 to that is just seeing and being a part of the development of individuals in our company.