The Mays file Featured

8:00pm EDT April 25, 2008

Born: Evansville, Ind.

Education: Bachelor of arts degree, chemistry; MBA; honorary doctorate of science, Indiana University

What was your first job?

It was $1.25 an hour. I worked in an icehouse doing manual labor. I think I was 17; I was supposed to be 18. I probably fudged on that a little bit. But I actually pulled ice. Back in those days, ice boxes were just that. You had slabs of ice you put in the ice box to keep food cold.

We used to cut that up and make deliveries to various ice boxes. That taught me that I didn’t want to do that very long. Best motivation in the world to study.

What is the greatest challenge you faced in your career?

Getting the business started and having the guts to step out there when you had very little. I resigned from one company to start Mays Chemical. I had encouragement from my wife.

What is the best business lesson you’ve ever learned?

Treat people like you would like to be treated. Be fair.

What is your favorite movie?

‘The Godfather.’ It points out some very good lessons on management, discipline and family.