Education: Bachelor of science degree, business administration, Indiana University, 1978
First job: Washing cars in a parking garage
Career moves: After graduating college, became a project manager for Shiel Sexton; named principal in 1983; president in 1989 and chairman in 1999
Boards: Executive committee, Cathedral High School; board of directors Indianapolis Art Center; executive committee and past chapter chair, Young President’s Organization; board member, Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, Indianapolis Partnership Development Council and board of directors, Boy Scouts of America.
What was your greatest challenge in business and how did you overcome it?
My biggest challenge and it still is is learning how to get the right people in the right place at the right time. Nothing you do in business will succeed without having the right people and systems in place. When it works, it’s awesome.
Whom do you admire most in business and why?
The person I admire most is my father, Dick Shiel, the co-founder of the company, for obvious reasons. He taught me everything I know.
What is the greatest lesson you’ve learned in business?
To strive to do the right things the first time. You’ll always end up succeeding if you do.