The Stewart File Featured

8:00pm EDT May 26, 2009

Born: Chicago

What was your first job?

Cleaning up at a Dairy Queen at about 13 years old

What has been your greatest business challenge?

The last five years has been a continuous challenge — things changing. But that’s what I love about it. There’s always something new. But it’s been a continuous challenge as we grow from a very small company to a medium-size company. It’s been a continuous challenge for me, and I love it.

What has been your greatest business lesson?

One of my first bosses told me, ‘Business is simple; don’t make it complicated.’ Everything I’m talking about is that way. Keep it simple. Break problems down into pieces and solve them one by one. Don’t make things overly complex. To me it’s very effective. It sounds silly, but it really works.

Whom do you most admire in business and why?

Lee Iacocca. This guy is quite good. He came up through Ford, and he did really well. He crossed ways with Henry Ford and left, and what he did at Chrysler in the early ’80s was phenomenal. Working with the government, working with their employees, developing products — he’s a really focused guy.

If you couldn’t be in your current position, what would be your dream job?

I actually live in Los Angeles. I have a boat, and I’d sail boats and be outside all the time, on the water, talking to people. I’d love it.