Born: Irvington, N.J.
Education: Bachelor of science in economics, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, N.J. MBA from Harvard Business School
Whom do you admire most in business and why?
Warren Buffett. (Note: MiTek is a Berkshire Hathaway company) He is just exceptionally analytical, very down to earth and unassuming. The beauty of being around Warren is, A, you wouldn’t think he had 5 cents, and, B, he is never, ever condescending and he listens and learns.
So a guy who has done all he has done, that’s a great role model for all of us. And lastly, despite his age, he would tell you he tap dances to work every day. That’s a direct quote from him to the world. His enthusiasm for business is contagious. Let’s be honest, you can’t be good at what you do unless you like what you do.
If you could sit down to dinner with any three people from history, whom would you pick and why?
Howard Hughes, Steve Jobs and Ronald Reagan. Hughes was a fascinating character. He’d be a great guy, and he’d be enjoyable if he’d open up and tell some stories.
Reagan, because I think he was the great communicator. He was a great CEO because I think, from what I heard, he took a nap every afternoon.
And with Steve Jobs, I know Bill Gates and he’s phenomenal and I’ve had dinner with Bill. So I think Jobs would be an interesting character. You saw what happened when he turned his business over to somebody. He was able to come back in. He’s a creative, innovative guy and, in my mind, probably a superb salesman.