Owner, Mercedes-Benz of Springfield; Age 39
Education: University of Mannheim, Germany (MS)
What did you want to be when you grew up? An accountant. I even interned at a CPA’s office in high school. I’m not sure what went wrong.
What three words best describe you? Determined, detail-oriented, open-minded.
What are you passionate about? Spirited discussions and cars, obviously.
Who has been your best mentor, and why? My first boss, who ended up being one of my best friends and my best man. He commands respect by sheer work ethic, determination, and integrity. He coaches by asking the right questions instead of helping with the answers, gives room to fail, shares the spotlight, and is willing to take the blame.
How do you define success? In business: being able to create and effectively communicate a vision, establish a culture of respect and ambition, and create an environment that allows everyone to reach their full potential. In life: seeing my kids turn into good people who go through life with grace and courtesy as well as the necessary resolve and stick-to-itiveness to be the best at what they choose to do.
Whom do you look up to, and why? My parents, because they are awesome! My wife, because she is just as awesome!
What person, past or present, would you like to have lunch with, and why? Ernest Hemingway. I feel like he would have a few good stories, and there would most certainly be cocktails accompanying the lunch.
What actor would play you in a movie about your life? Meryl Streep. Let’s see if she really can play anything.
Photography by Leah Martin Photography