James Quinn, 2010 Honoree

PHI Inc.
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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