Born: 1945, suburban Philadelphia
Education: B.S. in marketing/management, Florida State University
First job: Assistant buyer at Rich's, Atlanta
Career moves: Rose through merchant ranks to become CEO of Broadway Southwest Department Stores in 1986; became president of The Bon Marche, a Federated Department Stores division, in 1987; brief stints as CEO of the parent company of Woodies and Wanamakers and as vice chairman of Duty Free Shoppers; from 1997 to 2000, was CEO of Monet Group Inc., a designer and marketer of branded fashion jewelry sold through department stores
Boards: SurLa Table; Sporting Goods Manufacturing Association (SGMA); National Retail Federation (NRF); Indiana Chamber of Commerce
What was your greatest challenge in business and how did you overcome it?
Reinventing the Bon Marche. With the right people and a well-conceived and articulated strategy, anything is possible.
Whom do you admire most in business and why?
Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank (founders of Home Depot). They partnered extraordinarily well and pursued their passion until they won.
What is the greatest lesson you've learned in business?
Listen to your customers. And surround yourself with bright people.