Born: Rochester, Pa.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in accounting, Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh. I have a CPA, but I’m not an active CPA anymore. I like to say I’m a recovering accountant.
What was your first job?
Working construction. My family had a construction business. I did anything from manual labor to project management at differing times throughout my career.
I learned a lot about what it takes if you want to be successful. It takes a lot and you have to give up a lot, so it’s important you enjoy what you do. I hated it when I went through it, but it certainly made me a better person.
Whom do you admire most in business and why?
It would the former CEO here, Rene Champagne. He has the highest degree of emotional intelligence of any professional that I’ve ever been around. (He taught me) the ability to ensure you have a full understanding of how your emotions impact the emotions of others and how actions impact the emotions of others.
What is the best advice that anyone has ever given to you?
I often hearken back to what my father told me, which was, ‘Anything worth having is difficult to get.’ There is no easy route to things that are valuable and things that you want. You have to work hard to get them. You can choose that you don’t want to have them. That’s fine; there’s nothing wrong with that. But you have to work hard. There isn’t an easy road.
If you could sit down and have a conversation with one person, whom would it be and why?
I don’t know how anyone couldn’t say they would want to sit down and have a conversation with Jesus Christ if you possibly could.