Alfred University, bachelor of science degree, ceramic engineering; MBA, University of Southern California
First job: Entry-level engineer
Whom do you admire most in business and why?
Marlin Miller, former chairman and CEO of Arrow International Inc. He’s a terrific human being, a major philanthropist, very smart, and he’s a very nice guy.
What is the most important business lesson you’ve learned?
You’d better be technically competent. You can survive a lot if you’ve got the goods.
What has been your toughest business challenge?
The early days of Ceradyne, when we had to ensure that we had the proper capitalization.
Describe your leadership style.
It’s generally informal, very entrepreneurial, very marketing-focused. I have a great deal of respect for people. I delegate responsibility to my key people.