Education: Bachelor of science degree in business administration, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
First job: Driving a ski bus
Career moves: Worked for American Stores prior to entering the office products industry. Part owner of Wyckmans Office Supply -- later bought out by Corporate Express -- from 1985 to 1995. When Corporate Express bought out the dealership in 1995, became vice president of the Rocky Mountain Division for Corporate Express until 1997; has been president/CEO of is.group since 1997
What was your greatest challenge in business and how did you overcome it?
One of the greatest challenges I have faced was making the decision to move ahead with the regional distribution centers. I listened to a dear friend named Hugh Sear from the United Kingdom who had set up regional distribution centers for co-ops in England. His advice to me was to quit studying and go do it.
Whom do you admire most in business and why?
It's got to be Bill Gates in the No.1 slot. Then I suppose Jack Welch is second. I admire them both because they are great builders of solid businesses.
What is the greatest lesson you've learned in business?
The greatest lesson I've learned in business is a very simple one: People are the best asset a company has.
is.group fast facts
Number of members: 600
Number of of stores represented by members: 950
Locations: 50 states and Central America
Dealer sales: $3.6 billion
Delivery vehicles: 3,150