Born: Barstow, Calif.
Education: Bachelor of arts degree, biology, Indiana University; master’s degree, plant physiology, Purdue University
Whom do you admire most in business and why?
Richard Branson is a really intriguing person. I just find the way he has combined his personal and his company growth and his unlimited vision is just completely intriguing. He’s just been an amazing businessperson as well as being involved in his other pursuits outside of his business life.
What’s the best business lesson you’ve ever learned?
It’s having a mission for your company and organizing everything around that to be successful.
What was your very first job?
I was the least entrepreneurial of anybody. I worked in a men’s clothing store. I worked for Mayflower Moving Co. for two summers. I washed dishes in a lodge at Glacier National Park. That was the best job. I’d go do that again, without the dishwashing.
What is your favorite movie?
‘Field of Dreams’ he was on a mission, and he didn’t really know why, but it worked out pretty well. He went a crazy direction that worked out well in the end. Sometimes, you’re going to be the most successful when everybody around you tells you you’re crazy.
It goes with the old saying, if everybody thinks you’re doing the right thing, you’re probably not going to be successful. Because everybody has already done it before. Everybody told him he was crazy, and he was successful anyway in the end. He stuck to his guns and believed he was doing the right thing.