Born: Anderson, Ind.
Education: Purdue University, bachelor’s degree, pharmacy
What was your first job?
I was a paperboy for The Indianapolis News for five years. Just before my 16th birthday, there was a gentleman who owned an independent retail pharmacy in Anderson. He said, ‘When you get your driver’s license, come see me, and I’ll give you a job in the pharmacy.’
Whom do you admire most in business and why?
I have a lot of respect for Bill Gates because much like the product we are trying to take to market, Bill had a vision for computers back when he was in college.
He saw that vision through. I have a vision for thinking that this is a better way to dispense medications, particularly for people who are at home. I hope I have the perseverance to see that through.
What’s the most important business lesson you’ve learned in your career?
Assume that it’s going to take more cash and revenue isn’t going to ramp up as quickly. Any business plan you put together, you’ll always make the revenue projections too aggressive and the cash projections less than what they need to be.
Assume it’s always going to need more cash and it’s going to take longer to get there.
What’s your favorite movie?
‘The Bucket List.’ There’s a great lesson about life in that movie. It used to be ‘White Christmas’ with Bing Crosby, but now it’s ‘The Bucket List.’ It’s just a story about two people at different places in life and they become friends.
They are in the last years of life, and they learn a lot about themselves and about the people around them by the fact they both have cancer and they are both dying. I think a lot of that comes from watching two parents go through that process.