Born: Long Beach, Calif.
Education: Bachelor of arts degree, Harvard University; Juris doctor degree, University of California at Los Angeles
First job: First was in my family’s restaurant in Huntington Beach. I started cleaning floors at age 9 and worked almost every other job in the restaurant between then and my graduation from high school.
My first job out of college was for Kraco Enterprises, an after-market automotive electronics and accessory company. I was an import/export specialist, focused mostly on the finance and banking aspects of Kraco’s overseas purchases.
Whom I admire in business: Lloyd Blankfein, the current chairman of Goldman Sachs, and his immediate two predecessors, Hank Paulson and Robert Rubin. They have extraordinary continuity of leadership centered on a global vision, a culture of excellence and client-first business principles. They’ve helped to create the most remarkable global brand that I know.