The Rumpke file Featured

1:31pm EDT September 19, 2006
Place of birth: Cincinnati

1958 graduate, Hamilton Catholic High School

First and only job:
Picking up trash at Rumpke

Whom do you admire most in business and why?
The one and only person I admire and try to emulate is my father. He was always fair to people, always treated them as equals, and wasn’t afraid to take a well-thought-out chance.

What is the most important business lesson you’ve learned?
Be tenacious. Go after the golden goose, and never, ever give up.

What has been your toughest business challenge?
There have been many; I can’t pick one: The largest landfill slide in the U.S., 1996; the time we lost our insurance running 800 trucks at the time; the $60 million lawsuit that would have put us out of business, 1990; the $33 million sale of part of our business to ensure financing, 2000.

Describe your leadership style.
We believe in the open-door policy; listen to everyone, weigh the options and go with the consensus.