Born: Elkland, Pa.
Education: Dickinson College, undergrad and law degrees
What was your first job?
My absolute first job was sweeping out the floor of my father’s garage. He was an automobile mechanic, and he had his own garage. My first external paying job was I ran the town swimming pool. My first career job was a lawyer for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. I was sort of a circuit rider. I traveled around to all of the rural counties and handled whatever legal issues PennDOT had in those rural counties. That was an education.
What is your favorite part of your current job?
I like telling our story, both internally and externally, to our employees, to our clients and to our shareholders and the financial representatives that represent us. I like telling the story of Baker.
What is the best business advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t give up. I believe it was Winston Churchill who said, ‘Never, never, never, never, never give up.’ There were a lot of things Winston Churchill had right, and that was one of them. Perseverance is probably the ultimate virtue, in my judgment. There are a lot of reasons to cut and run; they’re almost never good reasons.