The Boscia File Featured

9:45am EDT January 26, 2005
Name: Jon Boscia

Born: Pittsburgh

Education: Point Park College, degree in psychology with minors in math and Spanish; Duquesne University, MBA finance and information technology; University of Pittsburgh, MBA

First job: Consolidated Natural Gas Service Co., office services. "The position was called a key operator -- putting toner in the printer, delivering mail and driving executives in the company car," he describes. "I wasn't allowed to talk to them then."

Involvement: Serves on boards for the Philadelphia Orchestra, Philadelphia Police Foundation, Hershey Foods and Temple University; member, Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy; chairman, CEO Steering Committee on Financial Services for the American Council of Life Insurers

Whom do you admire most in business and why?

Peter Drucker's intellect and insight is incredible. He walks the line between tactical and strategic thinking and has an enormous ability to transition a business to be a bottom-up organization.

What is the most important business lesson you have learned?

All of my lessons come back to the value of employees and people. I cannot get beyond how important people are to the success of a corporation.

What has been your toughest business challenge?

Changing the company infrastructure and separating sales functions from manufacturing.

Describe your leadership style.

I am collaborative and I love and encourage responsible debate. I ask a lot of questions and delegate a lot of authority. Also, I have a high demand for excellence and accountability.