Education: Bachelor’s degree, accounting, Wayne State University, Detroit
First job: An accountant for a small meat company in Detroit
Whom do you admire most in business and why?
I admire my partner, Alex Karp. Not only is he a very sharp businessman and an honorable individual, he has gone through great hardship. He survived the Holocaust and has been my mentor throughout the years.
What has been your greatest business lesson?
Integrity is a tremendous virtue in operating a business, and if your employees and customers trust you, you can go a long way.
What was your toughest business challenge?
The challenge of integrating the second generation into the business has been a rewarding process for me. I am seeing them flourish and excel in this business, and not only am I proud, I am thrilled that they are on board to run the company for another 37 years.
What is your secret to success?
Hard work and dedication in any business are what you need to be successful.
Describe your leadership philosophy.
I’ve always been very hand-on, and I personally like to know everything that is going on in all aspects of the business. I try to stay on top of all of the various aspects, from distribution to warehouse operations. I am learning that I have to delegate authority to other people our second generation.