CEO of National Logistics Management Inc. in Detroit. NLM has revolutionized the premium freight industry, the often-frantic business of shipping small quantities of desperately needed manufacturing parts at the last minute. NLM has put a technologically advanced system in place to help shippers find the best provider at the best price and the best time for their needs. More than 400 freight carriers have registered at the site.

WHERE BORN: "Boston, Mass."

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: "My dad, in both my personal life and my professional life. Heís been my mentor in all things."

LAST BOOK READ: "Chasing Daylight, by Eugene OíKelly. He was CEO of KPMG and found out he had a brain tumor and had three months to live. Itís a good book for hard-charging people to read to put their lives in perspective."

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: "Extremely optimistic about my industry and about people. Driven."

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: "It will be very challenging. There will probably be some consolidation as we work with the domestic auto industry. I have to believe it will ultimately be positive, but it will change."

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: "I think itís got to be all the software we use to run our business. Iím just constantly amazed at what our guys come up with, and we do it all in-house."

FAVORITE PLACE: "It's got to be my hometown, Plymouth, where I grew up. Second would be West Palm Beach, Fla., in the winter months."

FAVORITE HOBBIES: "In the summer, waterskiing and going to the gym, and going to whatever concerts I can go to Ė í70s rock and roll, mostly. Iím an old guy."

FAVORITE FOOD: "Anything healthy, but I do love the occasional burger, too."

MY HIDDEN TALENT: "My ability to persuade people to work together. Weíve got a lot of great people in this company, which means a lot of egos, but Iíve been able to keep everybody on the same team. My other hidden talent is surrounding myself with people who are smarter than me. They make me look good."

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: "As someone who created opportunity in the work place, as a positive influence, as somebody who made a difference."