Born: Kansas City, Mo. Grew up in Noblesville, Ind.; Carmel, Ind.; and Indianapolis
Education: Indiana University School of Law, juris doctorate
What is the biggest business challenge you’ve faced, and how did you overcome it?
Immediately upon becoming a co-managing partner, the greatest challenge was to scale back my full-time legal practice so that I could devote the necessary time to management. I worked an awful lot of hours. I am very fortunate that we have 30 employee benefit lawyers here at Ice Miller, so I was able to share a lot of the workload with my fellow partners and associates.
There was also a tremendous amount of multitasking that was going on and a reallocation of my time, effort and resources. I took a total and complete inventory of all the work that I had on my plate for my clients and tried to assess if there was any existing work that could be assisted with my other partners helping me out. As new work came in, I was able to have various individuals within my practice group give assistance.
What is the most important business lesson you’ve learned?
You can’t know all the answers to all the questions. You need to feel comfortable relying upon others to help give you answers. You’ll be responsible for the final decision and what transpires is on your shoulder, but you don’t have to know everything about everything in every area to be making those decisions.
What was your first job?
My first job ever was babysitting at age 10. I did that until I could drive and work. I worked at a clothing store, a shoe store and as a lifeguard.
Basically, from the moment I was able to drive, I always had a job as I was going through school. It helped me develop an early respect for businesses and needing to be able to rely on your employees to operate efficiently.