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10:59am EDT December 17, 2003

Born: Mishawaka, Ind.

Education: B.S., Ball State University

First job: Mail boy at Wheelabrator Frye, Mishawaka

Career moves: Public accounting, Deloitte & Touche, nine years; Duke Realty, 17 years

What was your greatest challenge in business, and how did you overcome it?
The biggest challenge in business is an ongoing one of making sure we hire and train the best and brightest people and put them in a position to make maximum use of their skills. Even though we are in the real estate industry, our business is still driven by our great people and how we serve our customers.

Past or present, whom do you admire most in business and why?
I admire all companies that are able to take a concept and, through a team effort, grow it into a thriving business. That is what a great group of people have been able to accomplish at Duke Realty.

What is the greatest lesson you've learned in business?
Always trust your gut instinct.