Birthplace: Gary, Ind.
Education: Undergraduate degree, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology; graduate studies at Rutgers University
First job: Production supervisor at Union Carbide
What’s your most important business lesson?
I think it’s really important to live through a business cycle. When you come into a new job, you’re full of enthusiasm, you’re convinced you’re much better than the guy or gal before you, and you put your mark on it and a lot of changes in place. I think it’s really healthy to live with that business long enough to live through a business cycle and have to fix your own mistakes.
What are the three most important qualities that a CEO should possess?
I think it’s really important to be passionate and committed to their work. It’s really important to operate with the highest integrity and that means you’re really thinking about the long term.
How would you describe your leadership style?
I’m involved. I like to be engaged with what’s most important for the company.
How would you describe you business philosophy?
I think a patient focus for our business is the most important thing we can do, and if we can keep the patient in mind, we’re going to be a great employer, we’re going to serve our customers well, we’re going to be a great investment for our shareholders.