PRESIDENT AND CEO | SMARTMARK COMMUNICATIONS

This interview was originally published in The Global Power & Energy Elites 2020

WHO WAS YOUR ROLE MODEL DURING THE PIVOTAL STAGES OF YOUR LIFE? 

A lot of my business know-how and entrepreneurial skills can be credited to my father. He ran his own business while I was growing up and taught me a great deal about business and responsibility. While at college, I had the opportunity to work for the New Yorker in the public relations office under Maurie Perl. Maurie was a remarkable woman and a true class act. She exuded self-confidence and demanded respect, but was not afraid to work hard. She could plan the 70th anniversary gala for the magazine and still find time to stuff a press kit. To me that is a true leader—knowing how to orchestrate and plan like an artist, but not being afraid to get messy in the delivery.

WHAT DO YOU THINK MAKES A SUCCESSFUL LEADER? 

A leader must be able to hold one’s one and demonstrate that he or she has control over any situation. But most importantly, its someone who will stand up and get involved in anything that needs to get done. Additionally, a true leader exemplifies a level of fearlessness in order to take risk, and consideration and mindfulness of others.

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