WHERE BORN: Mechanicsburg, Pa.
MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: “My father, Henry. He took over his father's very small business when he was just out of college, and he built a very successful business, quite a bit more successful than mine, and everything I learned about business I learned from him. He has a great deal of integrity.”
LAST BOOK READ: “'The Greedy Bastard Tour Diary' by Eric Idle.”
WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: “Friendly. Unassuming. Unorthodox. Passionate.”
WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: “E-commerce is transforming the way people shop and consume services. There are good and bad sides to that. The good side is that everyone has greater reach, and it gives people more information about what they're about to purchase. It brings efficiency to the marketplace and controls costs. The downside is that it tends to make everyone a 24-7 consumer, and homogenizes everything. It really devalues the 'rare find.'”
FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: “A tie between my Blackberry and my Razr telephone.”
FAVORITE PLACE: “Kanapali Beach, Maui. It's just breathtakingly beautiful and perfect and the one place I've been where I've really resented having to go home.”
FAVORITE HOBBY: “Blackjack.”
FAVORITE FOOD: “Kentucky Fried Chicken.”
MY HIDDEN TALENT: “This is kind of old, but I used to be able to solve a Rubik's Cube in 35 seconds.”
HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: “I guess for having improved my employees' lives by giving them a good livelihood and improving my clients' businesses. It's really pretty simple. But it's a lot of fun to see my employees working, and getting married and buying houses and having kids and seeing the kids grow up.”
At the annual awards reception in May 2015, one Leader & Innovator from the previous 12 months will be selected as the Leader & Innovator of the Year.