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8:00pm EDT July 26, 2007
Birthplace: Compton, Calif.

Education: One year in a Catholic seminary. Attended California State University Long Beach. Most of what I learned about business, I learned in the seminary.

First job: I went to work for a small accounting firm, but I never did much accounting.

Whom do you admire most in business and why?

Tony Moiso, president and CEO of Rancho Mission Viejo Corp. Tony has the most caring attitude toward his people of anyone I’ve ever seen.

What’s been your toughest business challenge?

Terminating friends. Because of our culture, people become friends at Western.

How would you describe your leadership style?

I’m tough, I’m direct; you’re not confused.

What is your leadership philosophy?

I don’t believe you want to follow a leader who says, ‘Which way do we go?’

What are the three most important qualities a leader should possess?

I think it comes down to honesty, integrity and loyalty. If you don’t believe the boss is honest and has integrity and is going to make good calls, I don’t see why you’d want to work there.

What is your favorite business book?

When I was a young man, I read ‘Think and Grow Rich’ by Napoleon Hill. For me, it was just an extension of what I learned in the seminary.

Western National’s Credo:

People are our most important asset.

A reputation for honesty, integrity and loyalty.

Attention to detail.

Dedicated to the needs of our residents, customers and investors. A foundation of teamwork and respect.

Treat each property as if it were your own.

Quality work leads to fun, success and rewards.