Name: Saverio R. Scheri III.
Title: President and CEO.
Company: Valley Forge Casino Resort.
Type of company: New resort casino in King of Prussia opening March 31.
Number of employees: 1,200.
Recent position: President and CEO, Whitesand Gaming.
Education: Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, BS in information science (1989).
First job: I worked a paper route for The Bergen Record.
Little-known fact about you: Racing motocross as a teenager.
Home: New Jersey.
Essential business philosophy: Lead by example.
Best way to keep a competitive edge: Never be satisfied. Focus on constant innovation.
Yardstick of success: Waking up every morning excited to go to work.
Goal yet to be achieved: Batting cleanup for the New York Yankees.
Best decision: Taking on the task of opening Valley Forge Casino Resort. It’s been an amazing adventure.
Worst decision: I never look back. Learn from your mistakes and move forward.
Toughest decision: Building a management team for Valley Forge. There are so many talented professionals in the industry, but I couldn’t be more pleased with the team we have in place. Their work ethic and dedication inspire me.
Mentor: My father Saverio.
Word that best describes you: Dedicated.
Like best about your job: I enjoy creating something exciting from literally nothing.
Like least about your job: I wish I could spend more time regularly with the employees who work late shifts. I really appreciate what they do.
The most important lesson you’ve learned: Success can only happen through hard work. There is no luck involved. You make your own luck.
Life motto: Enjoy every single moment because your time is short.
Greatest fear: Waking up and having nothing to do.
Person most interested in meeting: John F. Kennedy — he was a remarkable leader who led during extremely difficult times.
Company you respect most: IBM — it literally has had to reinvent itself several times to remain successful.
First choice for a new career: Physicist.
Greatest extravagance: Taking a day off and reading a book with no interruptions.
Award/honor most proud of: While it’s not an award, I was honored to have my book published, “The Casino’s Most Valuable Chip: How Technology Transformed the Gaming Industry.”
Favorite movie: “Casino.” (Of course!)
Favorite restaurant: Tre Vigne, Napa Valley, Calif.
Favorite vacation spot: Anywhere in Italy.
Favorite room in the house and why: Library. I love to read when I have the opportunity.
Favorite way to spend free time: My library. Favorite book. Favorite scotch. Favorite cigar.
From Philadelphia Business Journal: http://www.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/print-edition/2012/03/30/lead-by-example.html?page=all