The Dentice File Featured

7:00pm EDT November 25, 2009

Born: Milwaukee

Education: DeVry University of Technology, electrical engineering

What was your first job, and what did it teach you?

A paper boy at 14. If you’re nice to people, they tip you.

Whom do you admire most and why?

Cary Nolan, former CEO of medical imaging vendor and former employer at Picker/Marconi. He’s the first true mentor who helped shape my perspective as an executive and taught me that people are the most important asset in any company.

What’s your definition of success?

I define success in one way regardless of position: It’s really about moral fiber. If you wake up in the morning and can look in the mirror and feel good that you are doing the best job you can for your company, your employees and your family, you will have less stress and most likely be successful.

What’s your favorite aspect of your job?

Interfacing with customers. It’s the best way to get current information and feedback that allow you to modify your business strategy and direction for your company.

What’s the best business advice you’ve ever received?

Listen to your customers and listen to your employees at all levels of the organization.

Your workday is off to a bad start. How do you turn it around?

Leave my office and talk to other employees in the organization. It forces me to be positive, energetic and refocused.

If you weren’t in your current position, what might you be doing instead?

Traveling in a little red sports car through Italy’s countryside looking for the best place to start a winery.

Fast fact: Since Dentice joined TAMS in 2002 as vice president of sales, the company has achieved at least 20 percent annual year-over-year growth.