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7:00pm EDT January 31, 2007

Place of birth: Flint, Mich.

Education: University of California at Irvine, bachelor’s degree in economics First job: Manager trainee at a discount store Whom do you admire most in business and why?

Jack Welch. One of his key points that has rubbed off on me is you owe it to your poor-performing associates to let them know so they can find employment elsewhere where they can be successful.

What are your favorite business publications?

Barron’s, Wall Street Journal

What’s been your greatest business challenge?

Leading Anna’s Linens out of bankruptcy

How would you describe you business philosophy?

Great companies happen because of great people.