The Goetz file Featured

8:00pm EDT July 26, 2007

Place of birth: Millvale, Pa.

Education: North Catholic High School; bachelor’s degree, University of Dayton, business administration

First job: Sales with Goodyear Tire & Rubber’s engineered products group

Whom do you admire most in business and why?

Ben Gooding Jr. He hired me to come into the distributor business. He made sure that everyone applied the Golden Rule to how they conducted business.

What is the most important business lesson you’ve learned?

Be fair to your customers, be fair to your suppliers and be fair to your employees.

What’s your favorite business book?

‘Good to Great’ by Jim Collins

How would you describe your leadership style?

I like to build consensus, I like the team to be on board, but eventually, that decisiveness comes into play.