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8:00pm EDT April 25, 2010

Born: Toledo, Ohio

Education: Bachelor of science in economics, John Carroll University; Stonier Graduate School of Banking, University of Delaware. This program is now run out of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

What was your very first job?

I was a paperboy for the Toledo Blade. It was both a daily and a Sunday route. Every day at 3:30, I had to be around to make sure my papers were delivered. It was just the discipline of showing up and making sure you were there to do the task. If for some reason you couldn’t, that’s what I had an older sister for. We were also responsible for collecting our route.

What is the best business advice anyone has ever given you?

People often think that success is a function of look or coincidence or the right place at the right time. Those can sometimes play an element, but hard work is its own best reward. The most successful usually outworked those who were less successful.

If you could sit down and have dinner with any three people from all of history, whom would you pick and why?

I would quickly say Moses, Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill. I’m Jewish, so Moses, he was a compelling leader that clearly rose above a lot of difficulties and was significant in history.

Lincoln, just because I’m fascinated by his leadership qualities. He was just such a unique and captivating individual. People who worked with him or got to know him just loved him and appreciated him. And Winston Churchill, he was just kind of an interesting historical figure that I’d like to meet with.