Born: Houston, Texas
Education: Bachelor of business administration from Southern Methodist University; master’s degree in business administration; doctor of jurisprudence from the University of Texas. Morris also attended Harvard Law School’s Program of Instruction for Lawyers.
What was your first job?
Other than painting the fences and mowing the lawn at the house, it was making on-time deliveries around the company around age 10.
What would you do if you couldn’t have your current job?
Probably a builder. I think it’s a very fun thing to take something from nothing and see it completed. When you are dealing with something physical like that, I think it’s nice. Somebody moves in, you put the key in the door, you start utilizing what you built and I think that’s a very fulfilling experience for people.
What song would be the theme for your company?
With the way the real estate segment of our economy is going right now with homeowners’ issues, etc., I’m going to take Little Orphan Annie and say ‘The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow.’
I like Winston Churchill. He said it one way: Never, never, never, never, give up. I find that success comes through not stopping. I think it very important not to give up and to keep on keeping on.
The many, many people that stop short of the goal, they stop on the 10-yard line or the 5-yard line, and if they just kept pushing harder, they’d be in the end zone.