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6:09am EDT April 21, 2006

Born: Cincinnati

Education: Bachelor of science, degree, engineering, West Point Academy; MBA, Xavier University

What is the biggest business challenge you’ve faced?
I think one of the biggest business challenges is always working for a difficult boss and how you handle that issue. I think in my career, while it was the most challenging at the same time, I probably learned more by working with difficult managers. You just have to stay focused on executing well, and keeping a positive attitude is key.

Whom do you admire most in business and why?
There are a number of great business leaders. The head of the biggest one in our area is A.G. Lafley. Procter & Gamble is a fine company. General Electric is huge, and Jeff Immelt (a Cincinnati native and one-time Procter & Gamble employee) is doing a great job. I admire anyone that’s running a huge company day in and day out and hits their numbers.

What is the biggest business lesson you’ve learned?
The biggest lesson is taking care of the people that work for you. If you stay focused and work hard to train the people that work for you, you’ll do well. If you coach them and develop them and stay dedicated to them, they’ll perform wonders for you.