Why did you want to work in the auto industry? I was born and raised in the Detroit area, my dad worked for General Motors, so in one respect that's kind of what I knew. And I enjoyed manufacturing and making things.

First automotive job: In the early 1980s as a college student, I worked for GM in drafting for machine tool design for machinery that would produce powertrains.

Proudest professional achievement: I'm proud of being part of the GM team that has turned "GM" to "New GM" and continues to thrive. My specific task as a manufacturing manager was to lead a stamping consolidation project, saving the company $175 million in structural costs. Also, being able to have a strong family life, a strong marriage and raise two great kids — I think that is critically important. I think that's as a backdrop to anything that I was able to do professionally.

Current challenge at work: The biggest challenge is to sustain the momentum that we have out of bankruptcy and to grow and have GM and the UAW working together be a positive story. Just keeping everybody energized around that and never wanting to go back to where we were — that can be a challenge day to day.

Dream job: At GM, ultimately I would like to have more and more responsibility in the manufacturing arena. In my post-GM career, I'd like to be a college professor.

On clerical speed and accuracy: When I was in junior high, or ninth grade, we took aptitude tests. There were a variety of categories — math, science, English and social science. There was a category like "clerical speed and accuracy." In every category but that one, I got between 95 and 99, and in clerical speed and accuracy, I got a 17. I can remember sitting down with my counselor, and she was very upset because she couldn't figure out what I was going to do with a score like that in clerical speed and accuracy. I remember thinking to myself, "I don't know: I got some good scores in math. Maybe I could do something with that." And here I am today doing something very different than what she was envisioning for me, and I think it's because the opportunities were there.

What you do to relax: I hang out with my family, exercise, watch sports.

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