Born: Easton, Pa.
Education: B.S. in mechanical engineering from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa.; MBA from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa
Whom do you admire most and why?
Tiger Woods. He is the ultimate success story: very disciplined, aggressive, best under pressure, and does it all with class and balance in his personal life. He has raised the bar in his field for the rest and, as such, has made everyone better.
What’s your definition of success?
Winning! My definition of winning is being the best at anything you’re doing but with one caveat you must win the right way (ethically, with integrity, etc.). Otherwise, you do not win in the long run.
What is your greatest achievement?
Putting together and nurturing a leadership team that is world-class, second-to-none, in our industry.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
Hiring great people and then helping them to grow and develop over time. There are key senior individuals in our company that interned with us 15-20 years ago.
What’s the best business advice you ever received?
Make sure you have superstars in every key position in your company not every position but every critical position.
Your workday is off to a bad start. How do you turn it around?
Refocus on core values and core purpose. Balance everything you do against, ‘Is it right for the customer, employees and stockholders?’
If your company had a theme song, what would it be?
(‘The Impossible Dream’), an aggressive, disciplined approach. This may sound contradictive, but it is what differentiated us from our competitors. For example, once we have exercised discipline in terms of client and project selection, we will pull out all the stops to acquire the project.
If you were not in your current position, what might you be doing instead?
Coach/American history teacher. These are my two passions. But I’m a coach every day in my job.