President & CEO
Cleveland Institute of Music
Education: University of Evansville
Toughest Challenge: Attempting to navigate a demanding full-time job; three daughters under the age of 2; a chronically ill, bedridden wife; and no family closer than 300 miles away
Greatest Inspiration: The students who get accepted into the Cleveland Institute of Music — their preparation, tenacity, discipline and character are a daily inspiration.
How I Motivate Others: A combination of a relentless pursuit of excellence, tireless work ethic and quiet acts of service
Most Inspiring Person: Hands down my wife
Best Advice: Hope is not a strategy; hope is a function of struggle.
Important Lesson Learned: George Washington Carver wrote, “No individual has any right to come into the world and go out of it without leaving behind him distinct and legitimate reasons for having passed through it.”