Education: Northwestern University, master’s degree with a concentration in marketing; University of Illinois, bachelor’s degree, finance
What leaders do you admire the most, business or otherwise?
It’s tough to talk about modern business practices without talking about Jack Welch at GE. I have tremendous respect for him from a managerial and professional perspective. Roger Enrico who ran PepsiCo for a number of years was also very inspirational from a marketing and consumer innovation side.
And I have tremendous respect for Ronald Reagan, actually. He always kept an eye on the big picture and surrounded himself with really good people, many of whom were smarter than he was, and got the job done.
What has been the greatest lesson you’ve learned in business?
The thing to remember is that in the ashes of your most disappointing experience lies the seeds of your biggest future success. So the key is to take that what on the surface is a disappointing and frustrating outcome and learn from it. Learn every element that you can from that experience. So that the next time you see something that looks like that, you’re more than prepared to deal with it.