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8:00pm EDT September 25, 2010

Born: Oregon City, Ore. I was 3 months old when we moved to Bloomington, Ind.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in accounting, Indiana University

Who has been the biggest influence on your life?

Jesus Christ

What’s the best advice you were ever given?

We’re all expected to give a return on what we’ve been given. To those who much is given, much is expected.

As leaders of organizations, we have been blessed and given much and probably need to realize and accept the fact that much is expected and we’re held to a higher level of accountability. The one thing that leaders should recognize is it’s not about us. It’s about how effective everyone is around us that defines our leadership.

Roeder on making assessments: You know the old adage that you can’t see the forest for the trees? You have to have somebody that comes in and just observes and analyzes and doesn’t come in and say, ‘This is the way we’ve been doing it for years.’ Sometimes people say, ‘These are the steps we have to take because this is the way we do it.’ Then you start to realize, ‘Well, how many steps can we eliminate?’

Sometimes if you’re really involved, you don’t necessarily see that. We’d have observers from different locations go to other locations. They would say, ‘Wow, that would really work where we’re at.’ Or, ‘Hey, have you guys tried this?’ So you get a little bit of that going back and forth. You get people sharing best practices and hopefully coming up with a new and improved practice.