Grubb & Ellis Co.
Real Estate and Construction
Born: Providence, R.I.
Education: Bates College, B.A. in political science
What was your first job, and what did you learn from it?
I started in the commercial real estate business right out of college working for R.M. Bradley & Co. in Boston. I worked in property management and learned a lot about attention to detail, solving problems and the need to always stay incredibly organized.
Whom do you admire most and why?
The person I most admire is my father. He joined the Army to fight for his country the day he graduated from high school. He and my mother went on to raise seven children and, without abundant resources, provided my brothers and sisters all we needed to pursue our dreams and ambitions. He worked hard every day of his life, always trying to improve the lot of his family and, with only a high school education, went on to become a very successful business executive.
What’s your definition of success?
The best definition of success I have heard is that success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal. Being a goal-oriented individual and knowing that success is found in achieving your own personal goals, the journey toward these goals is part of the definition of success.
What’s the best business advice you’ve ever received?
It is simple, but the best business advice that I have received is to be yourself. Don’t try to be someone you are not, and stay true to your principles.
What’s your favorite stress relief?
For me, it is exercise mostly running.