What would you consider your biggest professional break? “My memory. Does that count? It is like a ‘break’ from birth. I have always had a good memory. For names, faces, moments, memories. Honestly, it has saved me a million times - on stage, with fancy-shmancy CEOs, with contract negotiations –a myriad of difficult issues. It still helps me, though at 44, it might be slipping just a bit.”
What’s the best business advice anyone ever gave you? “Best advice was from my Mom. It was about this business venture called Kohler Academy. She told me that it would take more money than I thought, more heartache than I would be ready for, more time away from my family than I would ever imagine and more frustration at the maddening choices of other human beings . . . and that it would all be well worth it. She was so right.”
What the business achievement are you most proud of? “Best School Culture was a top honor. However, my best achievement is the retention of our leadership team. A group of 5 incredible human beings that have molded Kohler Academy and told me when I am wrong. We have been open five years and they have been with us for nearly the entire time.”
What’s the best business book you ever read? Small Giants by Bo Burlinghame. If I say anything every day of my life at work it’s the mantra from this book: ‘I don’t want to be big, I want to be great.The difference between the two is enormous.
What do you hope to achieve in the next five years?“We are currently expanding our 14,000 square feet, so we are growing. That just feels good.”