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8:00pm EDT May 26, 2007

Birthplace: Cincinnati

Education: Marietta College

First job: Employee No. 4 with the Hillman Co.

Whom do you most admire in business and why? My father. He was a guy in his late 40s who sold TVs when he borrowed $2,000 to start this business.

What are the most important qualities that a CEO should possess? I think being open and honest with your customers and your employees.

What is your favorite business book? ‘Good to Great’ by Jim Collins

How would you describe your leadership style? I’ve been described as a benevolent dictator. I think I’m very hands-on.