Born: Erie, Pa.
Education: I went to the University of Pittsburgh for my first two years and transferred to Mercyhurst College (in Erie, Pa.) and got a degree in political science with a minor in business. Then I was a tennis pro for four years before I went to law school. I earned my law degree from Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington.
Whom do you admire most in business and why?
Warren Buffett. He’s not afraid to make a decision and he makes it for the right reason. He’s put a lot of money into the Gates Foundation because he thinks that’s going to be the best use of the money versus setting up another infrastructure.
People who make decisions because they think they are right or best for their business or investors are not worried about how that impacts the perception of them or their own egos. Those are people that we ought to aspire to be more like.
If you could sit down and have dinner with any three people from history, whom would they be and why?
President Abraham Lincoln would be one. If anybody had to try to build consensus, it would be him. Babe Ruth, because I am a huge New York Yankees fan. I’d get an awful lot of stories. Robert Kennedy I just thought he was an extremely intelligent, able person and would like to see more about what drove him.