What is the best advice you received when you were beginning your career? Don’t get cocky and remember where you came from.
How do you use social media to grow your network? We utilize HootSuite to manage Talon’s Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts.
How do you maintain balance? Working out, spending time with family, community involvement and travel.
What has been your wisest investment? Continually reinvesting profits into employee profit sharing, buying better equipment and technology.
How has your past work experience shaped you into a leader? Realizing that you can’t ask your staff to do anything you would not do.
What is the best part of your job? Working with a great team and seeing them be innovative and proactive to our clients’ unique challenges.
How has mentorship made a difference in your professional and private life? I have been able to identify my weaknesses and lack of education in certain areas. By correcting them it has made me a better leader and that has been very rewarding. You have to surround yourself with the best people you can and use their knowledge and experience to make you better.
Which living person do you most admire and why? The staff at Talon/LPE. Day in and day out they are working in very challenging, stressful and uncomfortable environments. They are gone from their families for long periods of time. It is not easy, and I admire them for their energy and dedication.
Which over-used word or phrase makes you cringe? ObamaCare.
What is your business philosophy? We will do what is right every time, period!
Which quality do you most value in an employee? Honesty.
What personality trait has most helped you succeed? The ability to communicate with others. Who is your favorite author? Cormac McCarthy.
What did you learn from your best boss? Be flexible and rewarding, teach and lead, don’t demand. Your worst? Do what you say you are going to do regardless of the outcome.
How can Amarillo improve its business environment? Talon/LPE would not be as successful if we were headquartered in any other city in Texas. The banking relationships we have are instrumental to our success. Amarillo takes care of Amarillo. We need to remember this as a community and stay local.
Most important tech tool: The Deltek Vision accounting and project management software program basically runs Talon/LPE.
Best time management tool: Outlook calendar – I would be lost without it.
I can’t live without my: iPhone.
My favorite thing about Amarillo is: The people. They are hardworking, friendly, courteous and sincere.