Born: Clinton, Okla.
School: I went to school in Siloam Springs, Ark. and Rio Linda, Calif. I took one semester at Spokane Community College after I got home from Vietnam. I thought I wanted to go to school, but I found out I really didn’t want to go to school. It just wasn’t for me. I wanted to go out and start working.
What has been your biggest business challenge?
I guess my biggest business challenge was not going to college. I think if I had it to do again, I probably would because I had to teach myself accounting and books and all that stuff. It takes a longer time to learn it. Of course, when it’s your money, you learn how to balance it really quick.
What’s the best business lesson you’ve learned?
Trust in the employees that you have. When you start to grow a big company, you have to have a lot of trust in picking the right employees that are going to be the future leaders of your company.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a cowboy. When you’re a kid you want to be a cowboy or a fireman or something like that. When I got back from Vietnam, I decided I wanted to be an auto dismantler because I like cars so much.
What’s your favorite board game?
I guess my favorite board game would be Monopoly. As a kid, I always liked Monopoly, and I could buy and sell and build houses and hotels and collect money, so it was kind of like conquer the world.