The Clemons file Featured

9:00am EDT June 30, 2006
Place of birth: Boise, Idaho

Education: MBA, University of Oregon; bachelor of science degree, Oregon State University

First job after business school: Financial analyst with Ford Motor Co.

First job ever: Loading dock of ice packing plant

Whom do you admire most in business and why?
Gordon Moore (Intel’s chairman emeritus) — inventiveness, technological contributions to society. Richard Branson (head of The Virgin Group) — entrepreneurial, positive approach to life’s challenges. John Templeton (financial guru who created the mutual funds bearing his name) — thoughtful, modest, insightful. Michael Dell (founder of Dell Computers) — successfully evolved an existing industry

What is the most important business lesson you’ve learned?
I need to take more risks in the pursuit of change. Companies need to continually reinvent themselves

What has been your toughest business challenge?
Adjusting to the very unusual national environment created by the combination of open borders, hurricanes and regulatory changes.

Describe your leadership style.
Strategic pursuit of being in the right business. Operationally, I prefer decentralized organizations that seek to empower people.