Our CEOS and Executives in Residence​

ASG recruits the best and the brightest talent to lead and grow our companies to the next level. We select these purpose-driven leaders based on raw attributes — think grit, EQ, humility, integrity, and will to win.

Best advice:

People will forget what you said, but not how you made them feel.

Hidden talent:

Improv comedy

Best advice:

Know what you want from life, so you can get what you want from life.

Favorite quote:

“Such is life.” – Ned Kelly

Favorite quote:

“The mountains are calling and I must go.” – John Muir

Most proud of:

My education. It has given me my best friends, brought me around the world, and led me to where I am today.

Favorite quote:

“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” – Steve Prefontaine

Dream dinner companions:

Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger for the entertainment and words of wisdom.

Best advice:

Success isn’t permanent and failure isn’t fatal.

Hidden talent:

Can park a helicopter in the box it came in.

 

My hero:

William Shakespeare. Noone in history has more fully understood the human condition or portrayed it more beautifully.

Dream dinner companions:

The Queen & Aristotle. Her Majesty has had such an incredible reign with so much change, I think she’d have innumerable outstanding stories to tell. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have dinner with Aristotle, the father of modern Western thought and tutor to Alexander the Great.

Best advice:

What would you do if you know you would not fail?

My heroes:

All the women in my family – they are brave, strong, determined, a little stubborn, and the most genuine people you will ever meet.

Favorite quote:

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

My hero:

My parents, for their steadfastness and ability to bring life to those around them.

Hidden talent:

Meat judging (4-H national top 5 in 1986)

Dream dinner companions:

Bill Clinton to learn why he got into politics and what he would change about his past. Maya Angelou to listen to her tell stories about her life and learnings and to enjoy her presence and wisdom.

Favorite quote:

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” – Dr. Seuss

My hero:

My grandfather. Despite being the first in his family to graduate from college, he went on to co-found a group of universities that transformed the availability of higher education in his hometown in India.

Favorite quote:

Luck happens when preparation meets opportunity.

Hidden talent:

Playing guitar

Best advice:

You didn’t get hired to be timid.

Most proud of:

My 2 smart and strong girls, although I can barely take any credit in their amazingness.

Favorite quote:

“You’re paying me to push back.”

Dream dinner companions:

Walter Payton, my favorite football player growing up, and God, to get the answers to SOOOOOOO many questions.

Favorite quote:

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." - Plato

Dream dinner companions:

Jane Austen, for her sharp observations of human nature and even sharper wit. My grandfather, who raised me until I was four and passed away too early, so I could thank him for his care and love.

My hero:

My friend Katlin Smith, CEO of Simple Mills. She showed me what it’s like to always give 120%, courageously have tough conversations, and constantly self-improve for the betterment of your company and team.

Dream dinner companions:

Satya Nadella, a decisive leader who preaches and practices empathy, and Jimmy Yang, a hilarious comedian whose authenticity I admire.

Where they've been

Even though we value attributes over experience, we are still awed by what our CEOs and Executives in Residence have already accomplished. Here’s a taste: