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8:00pm EDT August 26, 2010

Born: Marinette, Wis.

Education: Undergraduate and master’s degrees in accounting, Penn State

What is the best business lesson you’ve learned?

You’re going to make mistakes. If you don’t make any mistakes, you’re probably not trying enough different things.

What traits or skills are essential for a business leader?

You have to be willing to let others take a chance. The higher up you go, the fewer details you should be involved in. So you might be used to doing something yourself, but sooner or later, you have to let others take the chance.

What is your definition of success?

Are you happy in what you’re doing and who you’re doing it with?