The Tabor file Featured

8:00pm EDT September 25, 2008

Born: Sag Harbor, N.Y.

Education: Alfred University, N.Y.; MBA, Northeastern University, Boston

Company’s annual gross revenue: 2005 — $98 million; 2006 — $109 million

Employees: About 450, more than half in the U.S., the rest overseas, predominantly in China, Europe and South America The company has worldwide operations in China and in the Netherlands as well as in Brownsville, Texas, which handles customers in South America.

Tabor’s traits of a good leader: Be informed, be available, be involved. Work to gain respect — and know that I work harder than anybody else. I’ve worked harder than anybody else, and I had a reputation for that in this company. People realize, ‘That guy’s working pretty hard.’

What is the most important business lesson you have learned?

Surround yourself with excellent advisers, and be honest and fair to everyone. I was taught that by my parents, and I’ve never wavered from that. It’s the easiest way of doing business. You don’t have to remember what you said; you don’t have to be ashamed of what you did. Your employees and customers respect you for it.