Born: Upper Darby
Education: Bachelor of science degree, electrical engineering, Penn State
First job: Electrical engineer for DuPont
Community service: Board of education chairman for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia; United Way of Chester County board member
How would you describe your leadership style?
I think it’s very hands-on. I build strong organizations. I also believe that one of my strengths is that I have a technical background, I’m interested in the technical side of the business.
What are some universal truths you’ve learned about leading a business?
You need to lead from the top. You always need to be fair. You must have integrity, and you must work hard.
What are some important things to remember about running a family business?
You need to be very dedicated. This isn’t something you can just come in and do part-time. That’s not a challenge for us, because our family members are very dedicated, but it is a commitment that you are going to work very hard for the family business.
If you need to fly to Europe with one day’s notice, you just do it with no complaining. In a family business, there really is no room for the word ‘complain.’ You can’t really complain about anything.