Born: Lake Charles, La.
Education: Finance degree, Louisiana State University; attended business school at the University of Houston
History: As a founding member of Energy Alloys, Warren has been the company’s president since its inception in 1995.
What is the best business lesson you’ve learned?
Business changes. Right now, we’re in a very robust environment, and 10 years ago, we weren’t. Customers’ needs change. The capabilities of the company change. You have to be flexible and open and have an environment that lets you understand where changes are, what the needs are that are a result of those changes, and understand how to change the organization to meet them.
What traits or skills are essential for a business leader?
You have to have a willingness, or more than that, an appetite for change. If you’re uncomfortable in an environment where things are always changing, where there is a multitude of issues to focus on, it could be really tough. There has to be a strong vision of where the company needs to go, and not only that, but structurally the things that need to be in place to get there. There has to be a consistent values system in place that people can count on, that they can see every day. People are always looking to a leader for that direction and validation, and the security of knowing that the things that were there yesterday are going to be there tomorrow.
What is your definition of success?
For our company, it’s continuing to grow, to be entrepreneurial and to provide solutions for the customer and opportunities for the people who work here. The best way to provide that opportunity for the people that work at Energy Alloys is for us to continue to do those other things and look for new ways to meet those customers’ needs. As long as we continue to provide that opportunity, we’ll have a successful business.