Age: 52.\ Where born: Lewiston, Idaho.\ Family: Wife Sara Nolen and four children, none living at home.
Education: Master's in business administration, University of Utah, 1965.
Primary products: Banking and finance.
Primary markets: First Security Corp.: Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Oregon; First Security Bank of Utah: Utah.
Number of employees: 1,902 (First Security Bank of Utah).
Annual sales: $3.7 billion (First Security Bank of Utah).
First "real" job: Delivering the Salt Lake Tribune in Twin Falls, Idaho. Route covered several miles because only about every tenth house took the paper. We also had to do our own collecting in the evening.
Management style: Would be considered a "hands-on" manager willing to take the time to get involved and understand what is taking place in all parts of the organization. Most concerned about seeing that others grow in their careers through their ability to manage more responsibilities.
Strategy for success: Working hard is still the key, but today one must be responsive to others - customers and fellow employees. The formula is more complex because all parties have much higher expectations and loyalties are more inwardly focused. Fairness and responsiveness to others is vital. In general, the business world is a very dynamic and exciting area in which to work.
A memorable failure: Trying to attend college at night while working a full-time job. I lasted two weeks. I have great respect and admiration for those who can do both at the same time, often with a family.
Heroes: My father, my mother and in general the people who today are building the newer businesses in tough economic and competitive times.
Leisure time and hobbies: Skiing, biking, fishing and running. Trying to learn to play golf.
Favorite book and movie: Book: Barbarians at the Gate, books by James Michener and good business authors. I like to watch World War II movies, fiction or documentaries.