Born: DeWitt, Ark.
Education: Masters of accounting degree from Rice University
What was your first job, and what did you learn from it?
My very first job was stacking bottles in a grocery store, back in the old days when you had to return your bottles. I was in charge of that room, keeping it clean and doing inventory of our returned bottles. What I learned from it was that I had a responsibility and they relied on me to do it and so I needed to show up and get my job done.
Whom do you admire most and why?
Probably that would be my father. Two things: He always did the right thing. Whatever he thought the right thing to do was, that was his guiding post. And secondly, he succeeded through lots and lots of hard work. So doing the right thing and working hard were his keys to success.
What’s your definition of success?
Improving the lives of the people that you touch.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Some of the best advice that I’ve ever got, from a business standpoint, is that it’s hard to talk to somebody who’s frowning.
Your workday is off to a bad start. How do you turn it around?
I shut down for 10 minutes and read the paper and restart.
If you weren’t in your current position, what might you be doing instead?
I would probably be a teacher.
Other positions: Also serves as president, CEO and director of Exterran GP LLC; the managing general partner of Exterran Partners LP; a director of Copano Energy LLC; and a director of Anchor Drilling Fluids Inc.