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10:12am EDT August 20, 2004
Born: Milwaukee Wis., May 1963

 

Education: Bachelor of science in business, Indiana University

 

First job: Founded Century Cellular Network in 1985

 

Career moves: Founded Brightpoint with three others in 1989

 

Boards: Brightpoint Inc., Central Indiana Community Foundation, Kelley School of Business Indiana University Board of Advisors

 

 

What is the greatest lesson you've learned in business?

 

Focus on enhancing long-term shareholder value as the No. 1 factor when making many business decisions.

 

What was your greatest challenge in business and how did you overcome it?

 

Finding the right strategy to retire/address Brightpoint's outstanding bond debt. We resolved/overcame the issue with a plan developed and executed by my senior team and with guidance from certain board members.

 

Past or present, whom do you admire most in business and why?

 

David Simon, CEO of Simon Property Group. In the last 10 years, his operating style has produced a dominant player in his shopping center industry while always maximizing shareholder value.