Born: Beckley, W.Va.
Education: Bachelor of science degree, general engineering, U.S. Air Force Academy; master’s degree in guidance and counseling, University of Northern Colorado
What is the best business lesson you’ve ever learned?
You’re not as smart as you think you are, and the other guy is smarter than you think he is. Be confident but not overconfident. Assume that your adversary is very good until he proves he is not.
Whom do you admire most in business and why?
Warren Buffett. He’s done the most spectacular job of winning in a very tough environment; doing that spectacularly and regularly over a long period of time and managing to be a regular human being all along the way.
What was your first job ever?
Picking cantaloupes. I was 8. I grew up in Arizona. It taught me I didn’t want to pick cantaloupes for a living. I just did it during summer with my cousins to make spending money. It taught me an appreciation for hard work.
What is your favorite movie?
‘Forrest Gump.’ I’m not sure why; it just is.