Title: president of Yard Works, a Chesterfield County-based firm founded in 2001 that is a manufacturer/recycler of landscape products for residential and commercial markets
Born: 1962 in Neptune, N.J.
Education: bachelor of science in business administration, University of Richmond, 1984; master of business administration, Reynolds Graduate School of Business at the University of Richmond, 1989; continuing education in software and leadership training at Vanderbilt University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Career: Performance Food Group, vice president of sales, Eastern region vice president of sales, corporate director of profit and margin management, January 1995 to March 2010; Odom’s Tennessee Pride Sausage, director of foodservice sales, January 2011 to July 2012; Holten Meat Inc., director of foodservice sales, July 2012 to March 2018; Yard Works, president, July 2018 to present
In which part of the metro area do you live: Midlothian
Best business decision: “Hiring for and investing in associates with the best attitude; what I like to call intrepreneurs. Associates are always looking for a better, higher-quality and more efficient way to do everything.”
Mistake you learned the most from: “DITWLY — Did It That Way Last Year. It’s a crippling disease for any organization.”
First job after college: region foodservice director at ARA Services
If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently: “I’d travel less often. Face-to-face meetings are important but also carry opportunity cost.”
Book that inspired you the most: “The Book of Proverbs” and “For Whom the Bell Tolls”
Favorite/least favorite subject in school: Favorite: marketing and statistics; least favorite: organic chemistry.