The Ill File Featured

5:57am EDT November 2, 2005

Born: Newark, N.J.

Education: Lafayette College, Drexel University and Stanford Executive Program

First Job: Second lieutenant, U.S. Army

Whom do you admire most in business and why?
My father-in-law, who was an executive in the chemical business. His advice was to work hard and be humble. I also admire CEOs that do not make themselves bigger than the companies they run.

What is the most important business lesson you’ve learned?
You need people who are willing to grow with the company and who will be loyal to you. And, you have to be flexible with people — everyone grows differently.

What has been your toughest business challenge?
Finding the right people, managing the technology available today and managing the supply chain, in regard to us moving up the integrated solutions food chain.

Describe your leadership style.
Collaborative, candid, loyal, honest and direct.