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Off The Cuff
What are you reading?
Rob: Car Guys vs. Bean Counters: The Battle for the Soul of American Business. It’s about the U.S. auto industry in the early ’50s when the big three automakers had separation of the business and design sides. The cars were great, and business was phenomenal. Then the bean counters got involved and that was the start of the decline.
Karl: I’m a newspaper guy. I read The Washington Post every day on my Kindle.
What is inspiring you right now?
Rob: Patterns and prints, which we are known for, are trending again. This is exciting news for us.
Karl: People. Every day I deal with all sorts of people around the world, be they accountants, buyers, sales reps or sourcing agents.
What sound do you love?
Rob: Oh, it’s the pitter-patter of raindrops falling.
Karl: He stole my answer. Rain is the sound of money.
Who would be your most coveted dinner guest?
Rob: Steve Jobs. He was the master of innovation and creation.
Karl: Jeff Bezos. He understands the future of e-commerce like no one else.
What is your current state of mind?
Rob: I’m embracing the challenge of moving into my new position as emeritus, which is exciting and definitely a challenge.
What might people be surprised to know about you?
Rob: That I have a sensitive side. [Laughs]
Karl: That I relieve stress by gardening.
What one word best describes you?
Rob: Serendipity. I love living in the moment.
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