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Class of 2010 Yearbook: The Honorees

James Quinn

Employer: PHI Inc.

LOCATION: Lafayette,, La.

First job: "I was 15 and worked as a cook in a restaurant."

Most valuable career advice: "You've done good. Do more!"

If I were not in this business, I would probably be... "a writer or stand-up comedian."

Best mentoring relationship: "My father-in-law was a very successful businessman, and I still look to him as a sounding board."

Favorite gadget: "My BlackBerry, of course."

Leadership philosophy in a nutshell: "Empower your people, make them accountable, and then stand aside and let them make it happen."

Technology pet peeve: "Texting and Tweetering are overused, in my opinion."

A recent great read: Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism, by George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller

Favorite TV show: "It was Battlestar Galactica, but now it's Lost."

What's the most interesting thing people don't know about you? "That I must have intellectually peaked in the second grade, because I skipped the third grade."

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