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11:28am EDT July 21, 2004
Born: March 11, 1933

Education: Graduated The Ohio State University, 1955, College of Commerce; attended Dartmouth College 1951-53

First job: Sales clerk at Lazarus Department Stores

Career moves: Hired at R.G. Barry Corp. in 1955, named president in 1965, chairman in 1979 and senior chairman March 2004

Boards: Has served or currently serves on the board of directors of the American Cancer Society, Ballet Met, Capital Club, Children's Hospital, Columbus Jewish Federation, Governor's Business & Employment Council, Ohio Development Center, American Red Cross, United Way of Franklin County, Young Men's Christian Association

What is the greatest lesson you've learned in business?

Beware of your greatest strength because it can ultimately prove to be your Achilles' heel.

What is the biggest challenge in business you've faced?

Taking over the role of president after my father's death.

Past or present, whom do you admire most in business?

Les Wexner. He has been a visionary with the courage and tenacity to pursue his vision. He is not afraid to take risks and is willing to confront adversity and reinvent himself as conditions in the marketplace change. He has demanded respect and has integrity and a commitment to public service.