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8:00pm EDT October 26, 2010

Born: Carlisle, Pa.

Education: Degree in comparative literature from Brown University

Whom do you admire most and why?

John Wooden, I would say, has been a consistent hero throughout my life. I admire him because he got amazing results but without being results-oriented. He was very process-oriented, and he focused a lot of energy on controlling what he could control, which is his process, and had a comfort with the outcome regardless of the outcome. I think he conducted himself with a tremendous amount of integrity and looked at everything he did at a very holistic level. He wasn’t myopic on basketball. He understood that everything is about life, and I think that’s a really inspirational outlook.

What’s your definition of success?

My definition of success is it’s really about doing the best of what you’re capable of and helping other people be the best that they’re capable of.

What’s the best business advice you’ve ever received?

I had a friend who, one of his favorite quotes was, ‘Life’s a comedy, not a drama.’

What’s your favorite part of your job?

Oh, the people here. We just have a very magical culture. 72andSunny is a platform for people to really grow and do the things that they want, get the things that they want out of life. And I find that to be a really exciting promise and something that I really enjoy being part of.

Your workday is off to a bad start. How do you turn it around?

When things aren’t going well, I think it’s always helpful to be more other-oriented. Try to go connect with other people. Walk around, see what people are working on, see if you can help them and just get energy through that process. I think the danger of life is being myopic and overly focused on what’s going on with you.

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