Born: St. Louis
Education: MBA from Fontbonne University; B.S. from the University of Missouri, Columbia
What’s your favorite movie and why?
One of my favorite movies would be ‘Remember the Titans,’ which I think is a great leadership lesson on bringing together teams on a common mission.
What’s the best advice you’ve received?
I’ve received a lot of great advice from many good mentors over time, but the best is you have to trust yourself and trust your own judgment. In the role I sit in, you actually have to bring a certain degree of confidence because you’re going to be faced with choices and decisions that you’ve got to make where you won’t have all the facts, so you have to rely on a combination of your experience and the homework that you can do, and you ultimately have to trust yourself and make the best choice.
If you could have dinner with any three people from history, whom would they be and why?
One of my favorite leaders early in my career would have been Green Bay Packers football coach Vince Lombardi, and for me, it would be just the fact that he has such a tremendous history of winning and fielding great teams so early in my career I would have been an avid reader of Vince Lombardi quotes, and the likes of that, so that would be one.
Martin Luther King Jr. would be another. Just his focus on making our society much better, and he did it in a very purposeful, calm fashion, so that would be an absolute pleasure to be able to do that.
Then somebody today that I have a great deal of admiration for is Warren Buffett. He’s arguably one of the best businesspeople on the planet, and he’s understated, plain-spoken and just brilliant in what he’s accomplished as a businessperson.