Age: 42Where born: Camden, S.C.
Family: Husband, Sandy; stepson, Eric; dog, Bud
Education: B.S. Virginia Commonwealth University
Primary products: Stouffer's, Stouffer's Lean Cuisine, Stouffer's Hearty Portions, Stouffer's French Bread Pizza
Number of employees: 1,000
First "real" job: I worked at my father's restaurants as a teen-ager.
Management style: I really enjoy the people aspects of my job. I believe very strongly that when people are genuinely cared for and trusted that exemplary results will follow. I try to listen carefully, involve others in the business and follow-up on all concerns and opportunities.
Keys to success: Hard work, positive attitude, communication skills, determination, willingness to learn and change.
One lesson I've learned in my work: There are always ways to improve. Common focus and commitment are essential to driving continuous improvement.
What I like about my line of work: Very proud of the team of people I work with and the high quality products we make. Nestle makes "the very best."
Leisure time and hobbies: Skiing, golf, backpacking, time with family.
Favorite book: Books on leadership and teams.