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What advice would you give other Nashville CEOs regarding how to navigate the city’s explosive growth? Study peer cities’ successes and failures in equal measure.
How has your company’s strategy changed amid Nashville’s increasingly competitive market? The more we invest in our existing team, the easier it is to recruit new top-notch talent.
If you could swap places with another CEO for one week, which company would you choose, and why? I’d switch places with Mark Zuckerburg for a week. I’d love to experience that kind of size and scale, and see how much of the world Facebook truly owns and influences.
What do you do when you’re not working? I love to cook and bake for my family, grow the perfect tomato and play a good word game at least once a day.
Which one college course do you wish you had taken to better prepare yourself for where you are now? More religion and philosophy. Business lessons are plentiful. Staying grounded and relevant in the cosmos — not so much.
What is the biggest challenge facing Nashville’s businesses, and how would you resolve it? I’d love to see our school system rank in the nation’s top 10 with appropriate investment in infrastructure and technology, accountability from teachers and district leadership and over-the-top engagement from parents.
What’s your favorite question to ask during a job interview, and what do you hope to learn from the answer? I love to hear what the candidate thinks they’re really good at, and what interests them. Crazy tragic how often the responses are really different.
What do you most admire about this year’s Lifetime Achievement winner Tom Cigarran? Longsightedness (and stick-to-it-ive-ness).
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