Meet the 1998 Statesperson of the Year Featured

10:00am EDT July 22, 2002

  • Education: Bachelor of arts in business administration, The Ohio State University, 1974

  • First job: My first quarter as a freshman at Ohio State I was a busboy in a pancake house.

  • Why I chose this career: I had an older brother who ran an employment service. Even when I was going to Ohio State, I worked with him. So when I graduated, I just stayed with him. And I eventually ran an employment service off of Morse Road.

  • Greatest achievement: I think the biggest business achievement is the size that Quick Solutions has grown to and managing in excess of 250 people. That's probably the biggest thing I've ever done-and to build it in a seven-year period.

  • Best business decision: The best business decision I ever made was to get into the IT consulting business and get out of the permanent placement business. At the end of '91, I decided to get into consulting. It's fun; it's lucrative.

  • Worst business decision: I have made bad business decisions because my heart said, "Aw, cut them slack," or, "Give them this," even though your brain says you shouldn't. Sometimes you make bad decisions because you aren't really thinking, you're just letting your emotions do it.

  • Biggest professional challenge: Making sure that there are career opportunities for all of the people that work here. When you have 235 consultants, you don't want to lose any of them. We have to make sure we are addressing their needs technologically, financially and emotionally. Our product talks back. We have two entities that must be smiling: our clients who we do the work for, but also the actual people who do the work. If our employees are smiling and our clients are smiling, you don't have to worry about the bottom line. It takes care of itself.

  • Most important professional lesson: If you take care of people, they'll take care of you. Or, everything you do in life comes back to you 10-fold, good or bad.

  • Advice to aspiring leaders: Make sure you give your employees enough recognition. I think people are most companies' biggest assets. If you have a constant turnover, it really drains a business. Whether you're in football or business or government ⊃ don't treat your employees like numbers.

  • Unfulfilled dream: I would one day like to go up in a fighter jet and have some person just take me on a ride. I used to be a pilot, but the airplanes I flew had propellers and they didn't go very fast. I've always wanted just one time to get in one of those fighter jets and just take a ride. That would be awesome because of the force. Another dream would be someday if we get five or six locations to get a company jet and fly it.

About his company:
Quick Solutions Inc.
9000 Antares Ave., Columbus
Founded: 1991
Employees: 240 consultants; 31 corporate
Annual revenues: $18 million to $19 million
Line of business: Information technology consulting