Born: Bedford County, Pa.
Education: Bachelor’s degree, business administration, Glenville State College; attended the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College
What was your first job?
With Koppers. I was a production assistant working in the controller’s department, which gave you a really good look at different aspects of the company from statistics to accounting to insurance.
What did you learn working your way up through the organization?
You’ve got to really focus on what’s expected of you, what is my boss’s expectations, and trying to fulfill those expectations by working very hard and taking what’s given to you very seriously, and seeing that particular project or job, seeing it through and taking that extra step to make sure you’ve covered all your bases.
What has been your greatest leadership challenge?
Over the last several years as we’ve expanded globally and working in countries like Denmark, United Kingdom, China, Australia, it’s really adapting sort of the Koppers culture with the country culture. You’re never going to change a specific culture whether it’s Denmark or Australia, but you certainly try to transition the culture we have as a company. That takes time to do that.
What would you choose as a theme song for you company?
‘Takin’ Care of Business’ by Bachman-Turner Overdrive. That’s why we’re here, to take care of business and do it in a very efficient way.