Bachelor’s degree, University of Scranton; juris doctor, Villanova University.
What is the greatest business lesson you’ve learned?
To persevere. When all of the odds seem to be against what you want to do, keep at it and persevere.
But I’ve also learned the corollary: When five people tell you you’re drunk, you should go home and go to sleep no matter how good you feel. In other words, if what you are pursuing seems completely correct to you, but a number of people whose judgment you respect tell you you’re nuts, then you’re probably nuts.
Whom do you admire most in business?
My father [Jim Papada Jr.]. He had a small business. He was a very creative and imaginative guy who wanted to be an engineer when he was younger, but it was the Depression and the family had no money.
So he used his wits and imagination and worked like hell, and he taught me the value of hard work and perseverance.