Born: El Paso, Texas. I grew up in Oklahoma.
Education: Bachelor of science in math, Northwestern Oklahoma State University
Whom do you admire most in business and why?
For a role model, it’s not so much in business, but it’s my dad. He was a schoolteacher and principal all his life. It’s just the way he treated people and the teachers that worked for him that probably made the biggest impact on my life.
What is the best business advice you’ve ever received?
One of my predecessors, Jerry McElhatton, he said, ‘You never get an omelet without breaking a few eggs.’ His thing was it was OK when something didn’t work right, as long as you learn from it. When a failure happens, you learn from it and put structure in place to make sure it never happens again.
What was your very first job?
Working out on my grandparents’ farm, typically in the hayfields. It made me realize I never wanted to be a farmer. The main thing is you can’t be afraid to get your hands dirty at times.
What would be the first thing on your bucket list?
To play golf with Jack Nicklaus. I’m sure it would be much more fun for me than him.