The Pinola File Featured

10:30am EDT November 19, 2004
Name: Rich Pinola

Born: Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Education: Kings College, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., bachelor of science degree; CPA with PricewaterhouseCoopers; Columbia University executive program; registered principal with the National Association of Security Dealers

First job: Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers

The board room: Serves on boards of directors for KTron International, Nobel Learning Communities and Bankerate.com, and on boards of the Visiting Nurse Association, Kings College, Reading is Fundamental literacy program

Who do you admire most in business?

Frank Louchiem, who founded Right when he was 58 years old. He is the type of person who sees something in a person that others don't, and he is willing to take chances and move forward.

What is the most important business lesson you have learned?

Strategy is easy; execution is hard.

What has been your toughest business challenge?

Learning to work overseas. I found out that we are more alike than different. We all speak a little funny, eat a little funny and dress a little funny, but at the end of the day, we are pretty much the same.