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What are you reading?
A biography of Winston Churchill. I’ve always admired his leader-ship skills.
What is inspiring you now?
The people I work with and the opportunities we have to develop and grow the brands in our portfolio and the new ones we have coming on board this year.
What famous person in history do you most admire?
Ronald Reagan. Employment was high during his terms, wars were at a minimum, the country prospered, the Soviet Union dissolved—lots of great things happened under his leadership.
What is your motto?
“Without quality there is no future.”
Who would be your most coveted dinner guest?
Winston Churchill. He was extremely dynamic and fought alone at first, which touches me because I started LJP with just one partner. I tell every person who joins our team that failure is not an option and we will win together.
If God put you in charge, what would be your first decree?
If this was a Miss America pageant it’d be to cure cancer, which would be on my list, but I would also add more time to the day.
What sound do you love?
Production in a factory. When I’m listening to the machines and watching our shoes come to life, that’s the most amazing sound to me.
What is your favorite hometown memory?
I was born and raised in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, and it is of playing stickball in the schoolyard and on the street where the bases stretched from sewer to sewer. Also, hanging out at L&B Spumoni Gardens, where they make a square pizza that is like no other. My father went with his father and my father took me. The place brings back great memories.
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