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8:00pm EDT July 26, 2008

Born: Dover, Ohio

Education: Bachelor’s degree, Bowling Green State University; law degree, The University of Toledo

First job: Working on the family farm when I was 8 years old

What is the most important business lesson you have learned?

It was based upon a case study we did as a management group and have applied in our company. The study was based upon Pat Lencioni’s book ‘The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.’ At its core, it stresses that you must develop trust with your teammates. As that trust grows, you will be able to develop skills to have genuine conflict to challenge ideas, plans, etc. Conflict helps to truly see more sides of an issue and develop a better solution.

What is the best business advice you’ve received?

Keep the following priorities in the following order: keep your faith, your family and your career as your priorities in your life. I have sought to follow that advice through my career with a further refinement as I have married and have children. That refinement is the constant challenge to maintain a balance between my family and career while remembering my order of priorities.

What do you like best about being a leader?

As a father, husband, coach, mentor and other similar positions, you first define and focus on the issue. You then develop a plan to solve or address the issue. That solution may require self-reflection and improvement as well as creativity. I get a lot of joy out of helping others reach their goals.

I hope that my integrity and willingness to work hard will help lead by example to them. And finally — but not least — I want to have fun. We need more laughter in our lives.