Born: Oct. 31, 1948
Education: Bachelor of science degree, marketing, Penn State University
First job: Stock boy at Gimbel's; in Philadelphia, carried out Trim A Home Christmas trees
Career moves: President of Eddie Bauer, 1984; named president and CEO, Stride Rite, 1987; president and CEO, Pacific Sun Wear, 1990-1996; joined Limited Too in 1996
Boards: Boards of directors, Too Inc. and Strottman International Marketing Promotion Co.
What was your greatest challenge in business, and how did you overcome it?
I think basically my career has centered on turnaround situations. When I joined all of the companies as president, they were struggling and I had to turn them around.
Each was a huge challenge, and I learned to make all decisions on personnel at a rapid speed. In all four situations, I applied the fundamentals with the personnel that existed instead of bringing in new crews. We got down to business and turned around the companies with existing people, and I am proud of that.
Whom do you admire most in business and why?
Clearly I admire Les Wexner, having worked and watched him. I have admiration for his immense talent, creativity and determination. I also admire him for what he's given to the community.
The reason I left Pacific Sun Wear was to work for Les. And when he saw the opportunity for me to be on my own, he gave me that opportunity.
What is the greatest lesson you've learned in business?
To take things slowly. Retailers are very fast-paced and are historically reactive. Often, if a strategy doesn't work, it will be changed instantly.
I've learned to give things more time to play out. You need to have patience and let a plan evolve -- take things a little more slowly and thoughtfully.