Born: Oklahoma City, Okla., but my family moved to Los Angeles when I was 3.
Education: Bachelor of science degree, USC
First job: In high school and college, I worked in real estate with my dad as a sign boy and duty runner. Then I graduated college and went into the Marine Corps for five years (during which he won two purple hearts).
Whom do you admire most in business and why?
I’d say one is Dr. Steve Sample, president of USC. He has an amazing ability to focus on achieving his objectives, and he’s extremely creative strategically in achieving them. Another guy I work with a lot is a guy named Eli Broad; Eli is not just a businessperson, his philanthropic commitments have been unequaled.